Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples

The Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples (UPIP) is designed to assist First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and M├ętis living in or transitioning to urban centres.

The BCAAFC administers UPIP funding to BC Friendship Centres through two streams: 

Organizational Capacity

Organizational Capacity (OC) funding provided through the Federal Government, provides core dollars to support key positions within the Friendship Centres and to help cover costs of core expenses such as rent, utilities, ED Travel, etc.

Program & Services

Program & Services (PS) is project based funding for all Friendship Centres in BC that submit a qualified and approved project proposal.

The goal of PS is to fund and support activities that will allow Indigenous organizations to serve clients, and to deliver effective culturally appropriate programs/services to urban Indigenous peoples as well as invest in local stakeholder coalitions across Canada.


Friendship Centres Across BC


Points of Service each week


Weekly Visitors


Million dollars invested in UPIP core funding to Friendship Centres


Million Dollars in UPIP Programs and Services Funding


Points of Service Yearly

Downloads: Final Reporting