COVID-19 Support Plan

MNA Supports Announcement:
Tansi. We are very busy processing applications, answering calls, and replying to emails in response to the support programs rolled out on Monday.

We are diligently working to address your questions and have assigned more staff to help. We kindly ask for patience and understanding as we try to help everyone. In the meantime, please view our FAQs for quick answers to the top questions we’ve been receiving.

Please email us at emergencysupport@metis.org or mna@metis.org for assistance or for information about the supports available.

Marsi. We are all in this together.

We know that this has been a stressful time. There is much uncertainty as COVID-19 impacts Métis Nation citizens across Alberta, and people across the globe. We have been busy putting plans into place to support any of you who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Our COVID-19 Support Plan is based on needs already identified by Métis Albertans and will be responsive and adaptive as those needs evolve. This plan is intended to support all Métis Albertans.

To get money and support to you as quickly as possible, the MNA is providing funding to each region for their community’s specific needs. We have also introduced some specific programs to support parents/guardians of children under the age of 12, citizens who have lost their income, and families who have lost a loved one as a result of COVID-19.

Below are more details on how we’re helping the families of the Métis Nation through this difficult time.

On May 12, Prime Minister Trudeau recognized that small added costs and announced supports for seniors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth Emergency Benefit Program

Attention: Applications for the Youth Emergency Benefit program are now closed. If you submitted your application on or before July 31, 2020, your application will still be processed.

Need to follow up on the status of your application? Please check in with youthbenefit@metis.org to see if we’ve received your application.

PLEASE NOTE: Our team is very busy processing and responding to each application, so please be patient with us as we make our way through.

Currently, processing of applications and payment can take up to 30 days, but we are aiming to minimize the wait time. If you have applied, please do not call or email to follow up. We will reach out to you once we begin processing your application.

Please review our FAQ additional information and answers to common questions.

COVID-19 Support Plan Phase 2

(May 11) We know that Métis Albertans continue to need support during this unprecedented challenge, so we are announcing additional funding for our COVID-19 Support Plan.

Phase two support includes a $1.8-million funding top up to the Citizens, Families, and Seniors Direct Support Program, which translates to an additional $300,000 for each of the MNA’s six regions. This funding top up is the result of federal funding being received by the MNA.

Affiliate Métis Crossing will see $500,000 to ensure job security for their staff, overhead costs are met and progress continues on the grand opening strategic plan.

Steps have been taken to protect Métis-owned businesses with the MNA and RLI providing their affiliated lending institution Apeetogosan $500,000 and $750,000 respectively. Apeetogosan will match this funding for a total injection of $2.5 million allowing hundreds of Métis business owners to keep their doors open. Thanks to this additional funding, Apeetogosan is offering the Métis Business Emergency Loan and Subsidy Program. To find out more visit their website. Reach out to Apeetogosan (780-452-7951, 1-800-252-7963) for more information on their supports.

In addition to these new financial supports, the MNA has procured 150,000 masks and gloves for the protection of Métis citizens and MNA staff across the province.

Please contact your regional office for information on how to apply for the additional funding.

Citizens, Families, and Seniors Direct Support Program

In addition to the initial $200,000 sent to the regional offices, we have provided an another $300,000 to each of the six MNA Regions, who will work in collaboration with their Regional Councils and Locals to support their communities. This money will allow each MNA Region to provide direct and immediate funding support to Métis Nation citizens and families in need.

This program will allow each MNA Region the flexibility to allocate funds where Métis citizens, families, and Seniors identify they need support, including direct financial and other supports. Métis citizens should contact their MNA Region directly with respect to this program. If you don’t know which region you are in, this map will help you, and the phone numbers are listed in the table below.

Region 1780-623-3039Region 3*403-512-3739Region 5780-849-4654
Region 2780-826-7483Region 4780-944-9288Region 6780-624-4219

*Note: use Region 3’s mainline for non-COVID-19 related matters – 403-569-8800

Grande Prairie Local 1990 is also offering COVID-19 supports at this time. If your Local is offering supports, let us know at mna@metis.org

Emergency Child Wellness Benefit Program

Attention: Applications for the Child Wellness Benefit program are now closed. If you submitted your application on or before June 30, 2020, your application will still be processed.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of applications, emails, and questions regarding the Child Wellness Benefit program, processing times are increased. We are very busy going through, responding to, and processing each application, so please be patient with us as we make our way through to yours.

Currently, processing of your application and payment can take up to 30 days, but we are aiming to minimize the wait time. If you have applied, please do not call or email to follow up. We will reach out to you once we begin processing it.

Emergency Rent Supplement Program

Thank you for your time and patience with this process. At this time applications for the Emergency Rent Supplement Program are closed. All applications made before June 30, 2020, will be honoured.

For more information on affordable or subsidized housing options, as well as housing programs available to Métis citizens, contact MCHC by calling 1-877-458-8684, emailing info@metishousing.ca, or visiting metishousing.ca.

Benevolent Fund Top-up

Increased to $500 per applicant

For many years, the MNA has offered financial support to Métis Nation citizens who have lost family members. During this unprecedented pandemic, the existing Benevolent Fund is being increased to $500 per applicant. If families have lost members to COVID-19 and wish to apply for support funding, they can do so through the existing Benevolent Fund.

Contact the MNA Provincial Office about this program at 1-800-252-7553 or 780-455-2200

Supports for Seniors

Prime Minister Trudeau recognized that extra dispensing fees and grocery delivery charges are significant for those on fixed income. He announced the following supports for seniors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Those who qualify for Old Age Security (OAS) will be eligible for a one-time, tax-free payment of $300
  • Those who are eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will get an extra $200
  • If a senior qualifies for both, they will receive $500.

Seniors who are already receiving OAS and GIS will receive the benefit automatically; there is no need to apply.

Additional Information

If you’re feeling like you want to give back to your community at this time, please check out Alberta Cares Connector, a collaboration between VolunteerConnector and the Government of Alberta. There are many opportunities to virtual volunteers who can work from home.

The COVID-19 Support Plan will be financially supported by the MNA, its affiliates and Canada’s commitment of $7.5 million to the MNA through the COVID-19 Indigenous Community Support Fund.


All of the programs identified in the COVID-19 Support Plan are available to the MNA’s more than 43,000 registered citizens, including their family members who may not yet be registered with the MNA as well as all Métis Nation citizens living in Alberta who self-identify as such and provide objectively verifiable documentation establishing that they are citizens of the Métis Nation. These eligibility requirements will be applied flexibly at this time of crisis to ensure those in need receive the supports they require, while also ensuring that this limited Métis-specific funding is accessed by individual Métis Nation citizens and families living in Alberta.

Going Forward

As COVID-19 continues to impact all communities, the MNA is monitoring needs and will work with all relevant parties to provide you with updates to programming and funding as needed.

Métis citizens requiring assistance or who have suggestions about the MNA’s evolving COVID-19 plan, can email emergencysupport@metis.org.   

We are taking these actions to ease some of the financial stresses we are all experiencing so that our community can wait out this pandemic in safety and security. We also continue to support the vital MNA institutions that act as hubs of community supports for the Métis Nation so they can continue to operate. These include Métis Crossing, Métis Urban Housing Corporation and Métis Capital Housing Corporation, Apeetogosan, and Rupertsland Institute.

Watch President Poitras’ Announcement via YouTube, plus Vice President Cardinal’s Cree translation, and Health Director Bartel’s address.

Rupertsland Institute Community Emergency Support Program

Our affiliate, Rupertsland Institute (RLI), has announced their Community Emergency Support Program (CESP) as a response to COVID-19. The CESP will provide $75,000 to each MNA Region to assist in the development of community-based responses to COVID-19 for three months. CESP is intended to provide immediate support during the pandemic and each MNA Regional Council will determine how to disperse funds among its respective Locals and citizens. RLI is also working in partnership with schools to provide Chromebook devices to Métis students to participate in Alberta’s virtual K to 12 classrooms. Learn more by calling 1-888-48-MÉTIS (1-888-486-3847) or visit www.rupertsland.org