Confirmed cases of COVID-19 On First Nations reserves, as of May 9 Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of:

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Confirmed cases posted on this page reflect only the COVID-19 testing results reported to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). Because of home testing and individuals choosing not to get tested, these numbers are an underestimation of all positive COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities.

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Cases in First Nations on reserve

On First Nations reserves, as of May 9 Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of:

  • the following cumulative reported numbers
    • 106,057 confirmed positive COVID-19
    • 3,299 hospitalizations
    • 103,969 recovered cases
    • 714 deaths
  • the current reported active number of cases: 1,374

Cases by region

Case numbers by region:

  • British Columbia: 8,705
  • Alberta: 20,092
  • Saskatchewan: 16,189
  • Manitoba: 24,835
  • Ontario: 18,738
  • Quebec: 13,007
  • Atlantic: 4,491

Weekly comparative data on the number of active cases in First Nations communities

For the week of April 28 to May 4, 2022, average daily reported active case counts decreased by 15.5% compared to the daily average the week before.

This compares to a:

  • 26.1% decrease in average daily reported active case counts reported the week of April 21 to 27, 2022, compared to the week prior
  • 7% decrease in average daily reported active case counts reported the week of April 14 to 20, 2022, compared to the week prior

Number of cases by variants

Since the beginning of the pandemic, ISC is aware of 32,822 COVID-19 confirmed cases due to variants of concern in First Nations communities, with the following breakdown by type:

  • 3,148 alpha
  • 16 beta
  • 165 gamma
  • 8,334 delta
  • 2,403 indeterminate with variant of concern traits
  • 18,756 omicron

12,249 omicron cases are in First Nations communities in Eastern Canada and 6,507 cases are in First Nations communities in Western Canada. Omicron has been detected in a total of 134 First Nations communities.

For breakdowns for general population in Canada consult Variants of concern.

Provincial chief public health officers work with ISC’s regional medical officers and nurses to provide medical support as needed when a positive case is reported.

Comparison of the number of cases in Indigenous communities with the general population

As of May 2, 2022:

  • the rate of reported active cases of COVID-19 in First Nations people living on-reserve was going down since mid-January 2021 and reached its lowest point during the first week of August at 84.2 cases per 100,000
  • with the arrival of omicron variant, the rate had increased to its highest level at 1,596.7 per 100,000 during the second week of January 2022. Since then, the rate of reported active cases has gone down, plateauded, increased and has decreased again to its current level of 344.9 per 100,000 or approximately 51% of the respective rate in the general Canadian population
  • the COVID-19 case fatality rate among First Nations people living on a reserve is 65% of the case fatality rate in the general Canadian population
  • 98% of First Nations people living on a reserve who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered
Related linksFor more details on case numbers in First Nations communities, visit:

For the total number of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 across Canada, visit:

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