Indigenous Labour Market Programs


The First Nations Job Fund expired on March 31, 2017. Skills development and job training for Indigenous Income Assistance clients on- and off-reserve will continue to be delivered through ESDC’s existing and future Indigenous labour market programming.

Canada’s Indigenous population is young and is the fastest growing population in the country. Over the next decade, about 400,000 young Indigenous people are expected to join the close to 900,000 Indigenous people already at working age. The Government is making sound investments to ensure all Indigenous people, get the right skills training and learning opportunities needed to access good jobs today and tomorrow.

The Government has two key programs that support Indigenous training and employment: the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), and the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF). To date these programs have served over 323,000 Indigenous clients, with over 106,000 clients returning to work and almost 50,000 returning to school.

Find a job or upgrade your skills

If you're an Indigenous Canadian and are wondering where to find a job or how to upgrade your skills, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) may be your answer.

Funding for organizations

The Skills and Partnership Fund is a demand-driven, partnership-based program that supports government priorities through strategic partnerships by funding projects contributing to the skills development and training of Indigenous workers for long-term, meaningful employment.

Eligible organizations may qualify for contribution funding for projects that help increase Indigenous participation in the labour market.

Success stories

These stories are about Canadians who have changed their own lives, or those of others, through Indigenous Labour Market Programs.

Aboriginal Labour Market Bulletin (ALMB)

Each ALMB examines—with an Indigenous focus—general economic conditions, labour market and demographic trends, and current and potential employment opportunities at the national and regional levels.

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