• Within commercially reasonable efforts, any personal information that you share with IFSD is kept physically and electronically secure, with access limited to staff that require it to perform necessary job functions. Information is used only for the purpose it was collected.


Frequently Asked Questions


About the FNCFS Project

  • What is the IFSD?

    The Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD) is a Canadian think-tank that engages in applied research in public finance and its intersection with public administration, politics, and public policy. Led by Kevin Page, Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), IFSD undertakes its work in Canada at all levels of government as well as abroad.

    IFSD is proud to continue its work in FNCFS.  Building on Phases 1 and 2, IFSD will continue to foster its relationships, knowledge base, and role as a trusted third-party with stakeholders in FNCFS across Canada.

  • What is the objective of Phase 3 of the FNCFS project?

    The project is focused on the delivery of well-being for First Nations, families, and children. It will aim to do so by leveraging, building-on, and translating previous phases of work (Phases 1 and 2) into discrete First Nation-based delivery models that transform organizational strategy, people, process, and systems. It is intended to build capacity and an enhanced bottom-up planning framework for FNCFS agencies and First Nations, while building confidence among stakeholders.

    See our project overview

  • What was the impetus for the project?

    The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT), in its January 2016 decision and subsequent rulings, has found that Canada has used a discriminatory funding approach for FNCFS agencies.  Canada states it is committed to implementing the orders of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. You can read the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling here.

  • Who is involved in the project?

    The IFSD is pleased to be working with First Nations child and family services agencies, First Nations, the National Advisory Committee (NAC) on First Nations Child and Family Services, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and the Caring Society.

  • What ethical guidelines are being followed in this project?

    IFSD's approach to this project is collaborative and informed by OCAP® principles

  • What happens to the information I share with IFSD?

    IFSD will use Microsoft File Storage services located exclusively in the Azure Canada Central geography (Toronto data centre). All data at rest in the data centre is stored encrypted. Additionally, all data in transit is also encrypted and no unencrypted connections are accepted by the service.

    Any hard copies of data (or electronic copies provided to IFSD on an encrypted USB Key will be stored in IFSD offices, in a locked filing cabinet, in a locked office. IFSD’s office space (housing the individual locked offices of its senior staff) is itself only accessible by key.

    The collection and use of this information will follow the OCAP principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession.

  • When will I have access to the results of the project?

    On a monthly basis, IFSD will release interim results through its websites and updates to stakeholders.  Case study FNCFS agencies and First Nations own and control their information throughout the project.  The full project is set to be completed by February 2025.

Participating agencies

  • Why should agencies and First Nations participate?

    Participating FNCFS agencies and First Nations will have their own financial models developed for their use in planning and advocacy (with consideration of the children, families, and communities they serve).  Contributions from participating FNCFS agencies and First Nations will inform the refinement of funding and performance approaches for FNCFS. 

    IFSD remains grateful to the FNCFS agencies and First Nations that have contributed and supported its work in FNCFS.  Your participation makes this work possible.