Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

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.

Using an integrated approach, ASETS will link your training needs to labour market demands, providing you with training or skills upgrading and with help finding a job.

All Indigenous people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services, which include:

  • skills development;
  • training for high-demand jobs;
  • job finding;
  • programs for youth;
  • programs for urban and Indigenous people with disabilities; and
  • access to child care.
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Indigenous agreement holders design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to the unique needs of their clients in their region, focusing on the three ASETS priorities:

  • supporting demand-driven skills development;
  • fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and
  • placing emphasis on accountability and results.

Flexible agreements with Indigenous organizations throughout Canada ensure that they have the authority to make decisions that will best meet the needs of their clients. Each organization must meet accountability requirements and demonstrate strong performance results.

The Renewal of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

The Government of Canada is committed to engage with stakeholders to work toward renewing and expanding ESDC’s Indigenous labour market programs.

Find a job or upgrade your skills

Start by finding an Indigenous agreement holder.

Find out about other services available to you:

Skills and Partnership Fund

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.

Indigenous youth

Indigenous youth between the ages of 15 and 30 are the fastest growing population segment in Canada. They play a very important role in filling jobs left vacant when older workers retire.

The Government of Canada, in partnership with Indigenous communities, is providing the resources necessary for Indigenous youth to succeed in the job market so they can build better futures for themselves and their families.

Indigenous agreement holders determine the type of youth programs to deliver based on the needs of the Indigenous youth served. They may design, develop and deliver unique partnership-based and demand-driven youth programs, while supporting Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC) objectives.

Other programs and services:

Indigenous people with disabilities

Indigenous agreement holders have the flexibility to enhance skills and employment services for people with disabilities.

First Nations and Inuit child care

The First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI) provides access to quality child care services for First Nations and Inuit children whose parents are starting a new job or participating in a training program. The FNICCI is a component of the ASETS.

The FNICCI is a $50-million program that has supported over 8,500 child care spaces in 486 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada. These spaces are available through your local Indigenous agreement holder. In most cases, this will mean pre-school spaces; some Indigenous agreement holders also have after-school programs.

Other programs and services:

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