Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Changes to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy

Starting in April 2019, the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The new ISET Program will include four distinct labour market strategies: First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban/Non-affiliated. With Indigenous partners, the Government is advancing reconciliation by creating more job training opportunities for Indigenous people.

The Aboriginal Skills and Training Employment Strategy (ASETS) is a program for Indigenous people who are looking to improve their job skills and find employment.


All Indigenous people, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, may access ASETS programs and services, regardless of status or location.

If you are First Nations, Inuit or Métis and looking to improve your job training or skills, start by finding an ASETS service delivery organization near you.

What is offered

To help meet labour market demands, ASETS service delivery organizations offer a variety of employment programs and services.

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:

  • training for skills development;
  • training for employment;
  • mentoring for high-demand jobs;
  • targeted job coaching to Indigenous people, including Indigenous people with disabilities; and
  • child care support.
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What are ASETS service delivery organizations?

There are 85 Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS service delivery organizations with approximately 600 points of service across Canada that provide Indigenous people with employment training and job skill services in their area.
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.

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First Nations and Inuit child care

Some First Nations and Inuit ASETS service delivery organizations also provide access to child care through the First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (FNICCI).

  • The FNICCI provides access to quality child care services for First Nations and Inuit parents who are starting a new job or participating in a training program.
  • With an investment of $50 million, the FNICCI has supported over 8,500 child care spaces in 486 First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.
  • Depending on your local service delivery organization, the FNICCI offers pre-school spaces and after-school programs.

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework

  • Throughout 2017, the Government of Canada engaged with Indigenous partners to co-develop the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework (IELCC). The new IELCC will reflect the unique cultures, languages, traditions, values, customs and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.

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