Canada Wide Indigenous Skills Training Resources

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Quick Start Guide - 7 Steps To Get Funding

These resources apply to ALL provinces & territories in Canada.

While some groups are headquartered in Ottawa, they do serve Indigenous peoples across the ENTIRE COUNTRY.

Provincial & Territorial Indigenous Skills Training Resources

These resources apply ONLY to the specific province or territory.

Contact Info

Quick Start Guide - 7 Steps To Get Funding

This is the road map of skills training resources to access to get funding.

If you want to minimize reading about the resources available, follow this guide.

1) Apply to the local Indigenous Skills Employment Training (ISET) program.

AffiliationISET Regional Contact Locations
Status Indians AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK
Non-Status Indians AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK
Métis AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK
Inuit AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK

2) Apply to many Indigenous Scholarships & Trusts.

3) If you have children, apply to Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

4) Inuit can also apply to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).

5) Apply to Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) or Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

6) Apply to Friendship Centers

7) Apply to Federal, Provincial & Territorial Training Allowance/Grants/Loans

Indigenous Skills Employment Training (ISET)

ISET (previously known as ASETS) Program Scope

The ISET funding typically pays for:

  1. six month job trade skill courses, e.g. construction, plumbing, electrician, welding
  2. two year college diploma, e.g. practical nursing
  3. the last year of a university program, bachelor, masters, doctorate
  4. possibly high school upgrade GED

ISET Program Selection Criteria

Program selection criteria are customized for each agreement holder.

ISET Agreement Holders

List of 85 ISET agreement holders

At the bottom of the list of ISET agreement holders, you will see Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

Regional ISET contact information: AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK

ISET Funding

ISET funding level has been raised to $408 million per year, starting 2019, see: ISET Funding

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP)

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) can fund training education requests for candidates if their home band denies them funding.

CAP will help Indigenous of all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit BUT WILL PRIORITIZE THE NON-STATUS INDIANS FIRST.

CAP serves the Indigenous and Inuit community Canada wide.

CAP ISET (previously known as ASETS) Program Scope

CAP ISET funding pays for tuition, books, fees, equipment and supplies for:

  1. six month job trade skill courses, e.g. construction, plumbing, electrician, welding
  2. two year college diploma, e.g. practical nursing
  3. the last year of a university program, bachelor, masters, doctorate
  4. high school upgrade GED

CAP ISET funding also covers:

  1. wage subsidy to specific employer to help qualified person obtain employment in their chosen field
  2. apprenticeships
  3. summer student
  4. self employment
  5. applicants that can demonstrate great financial need may submit documentation requesting funding for travel / living expenses

CAP ISET Program Selection Criteria

CAP will help Indigenous peoples of all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit BUT WILL PRIORITIZE THE NON-STATUS INDIANS FIRST.

Selection criteria are:

  1. the candidate MUST be living OFF reserve and OFF Inuit owned lands
  2. the candidate is currently unemployed or underemployed (minimum wage, limited hours, etc.)
  3. the candidate has some documentation showing that they have applied to their home band or local Tribal Council for training funds,
    but was denied for reasons beyond their control
  4. the client has been accepted in a skills training program meeting the eligibility criteria

CAP ISET Ottawa Contact

CAP ISET program coordinator is: Matthew Gallina, 613-747-6022 X225, m.gallina@abo-peoples.org

CAP Application Form

Download CAP Application Form

Send the completed form and supporting documentation to: Mathew Gallina, 613-747-6022 X225, m.gallina@abo-peoples.org

A response to the application form usually occurs in 2 to 3 weeks.

Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)

The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) has ISET funding to pay for skills training, similar to CAP.

The key difference is that NWAC is FOR WOMEN ONLY, all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit.

NWAC has regional affiliated groups in AB BC MB NWT ON QC SK YK (none in NB & NU).

NWAC ISET (previously known as ASETS) Program Scope

NWAC ISET funding typically pays for:

  1. six month job trade skill courses, e.g. construction, plumbing, electrician, welding
  2. two year college diploma, e.g. practical nursing
  3. the last year of a university program, bachelor, masters, doctorate
  4. possibly high school upgrade GED

NWAC Ottawa Headquarters Contacts

ISET program coordinator is: Andrea Aiabens, 613-854-4718, aaiabens@nwac.ca

Youth Advocate & Education contact is: Carrington Christmas, 613-854-4799, cchristmas@nwac.ca

NWAC Application Form

Download NWAC Application Form

Send the completed form and supporting documentation to: Andrea Aiabens, 613-854-4718, aaiabens@nwac.ca

Non-Status Indian Resources

These ISET funded groups are available to Non-Status Indians.

NB: NWAC is FOR WOMEN ONLY!

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Métis Resources

These ISET funded groups are available to Métis.

NB: NWAC is FOR WOMEN ONLY!

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Inuit Resources

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) (website)

ITK has an education training program for all Inuit, see: ITK Amaujaq

ITK Contact

Ottawa contact: Heather Ochalski, 613-238-8181 x241, ochalski@itk.ca

Inuit Regional ISET Resources

NB: NWAC is FOR WOMEN ONLY!

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Friendship Centers (Canada Map)

Friendship Centers Program Scope

Friendship Centers typically provide career counselling, resume writing and other services and are available in most provinces & territories.

Friendship Centers typically will help Indigenous of all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit.

Friendship Centers Funding

Friendship Centers may have some funding from other government programs, usually not ISET.

They may be able to help with some tuition costs, but often rely on other program grants, loans and scholarships to pay for training.

Only the Ontario Friendship Centers have ISET funding for skills training.

Friendship Centers Contacts

Contact information: AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK (none in PEI).

Indigenous Scholarships & Trusts

There are a variety of scholarship & trust funds that help with tuition for Indigenous skills training & education.

Indspire (website)

Yconic (website)

National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust (website)

Inuit DAF (website)

Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool (website)

Regional Scholarships

See MB ON

Federal, Provincial & Territorial Training Allowance/Grants/Loans

This is an overview of the Federal, Provincial & Territorial Allowance/Grants/Loans programs across Canada.

Fund Usage

Eligibility Requirements

Federal Government Student Grants Low Income (website)

more links

Provincial & Territories Training Allowances/Grants/Loans Programs

Most provinces & territories have a program of allowances, grants and/or loans, see:

AB BC MB NU NWT ON QC SK YK

Canada Child Benefit (CCB) (website)

This benefit is available to everyone in Canada, Indigenous, Settlers & New-comers.

While this benefit is not tied to training & education, it really helps pay the bills when you are going to school.

Grandparents with legal guardianship papers for their grandchildren can apply for this benefit.

CCB Current Benefits

CCB Calculator (See Your Benefit)

The calculator also shows HST credit and provincial programs, such as Ontario Child Benefit, Ontario Trillium Benefit, Saskatchewan Tax Credit, etc.

CCB Registration

You MUST go to CRA and register to get the benefit.

The "Register Automatically" check box on the Income Tax form was removed after 2017.

While there is some discussion about automatically registering children at birth, this is not available yet.

Other Programs

These programs are available for ALL candidates.

Contact Info

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Updated: 2019/09/16