Ontario Resources

These resources apply ONLY to Ontario.

For more resources that apply to ALL of Canada, including Ontario, see: Canada Resources

Contact Info

Ontario ISET Agreement Holders

Ontario ISET Program Scope

Indigenous Skills Employment Training (ISET), previously known as ASETS, funding typically pays for tuition, books, fees, equipment & supplies for:

  1. up to 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

Some ISET groups also cover:

  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

For specific lists of which affiliations are served in Ontario, see:

List of Ontario ISET Agreement Holders

AldervilleALFDC Alderville First Nation Dana Runciman905-352-2011drunciman@alderville.ca
BellevilleALFDC Kagita Mikam (KM) Feather613-962-3103feather@kagitamikam.ca
BothwellSouthern First Nations Secretariat,
London District Chiefs Council
CornwallAkwesasne Area Management
Carmen Cook518-358-3047ccook@aamb.ca
CutlerMamaweswen North Shore
Tribal Council
Annie Austin705-844-2340annie@mamaweswen.ca
HagersvilleALFDC Mississaugas New Credit
First Nation
Michele King905-768-1181michele.king@mncfn.ca
KenoraShooniyaa Wa-Biitong Shirley Kelly807-468-2030programsupervisor@shooniyaa.org
North BayAnishinabek Nation Union Ontario
Polly Bobiwash705-497-9127polly.bobiwash@anishinabek.ca
OhswekenGrand River Employment Training Jalyn Wright519-445-4074jwright@greatsn.com
OttawaALFDC Kagita Mikam (KM) Carolyn McDonald613-565-8333carolyn@kagitamikam.ca
OttawaTungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) Amanda Kilibuk613-565-5885employ-mgr@tungasuvvingatinuit.ca
Owen SoundALFDC Huronia Area Aboriginal
Management Board
Hillary Trudeau519-376-9400employmentc2@bellnet.ca
RamaOgemawahj Tribal Council Greer Atkinson705-329-2511gatkinson@ogemawahj.on.ca
Sault St MarieALFDC Batchewana First Nation Jessica Bennett705-759-0914jessica@batchewana.ca
Sioux LookoutSioux Lookout Area Aboriginal
Management Board
Mary Tait807-737-4047mtait@slaamb.on.ca
SouthwoldOneida Nation of the Thames Deborah Antone519-652-9350jobdeveloper@oneida.on.ca
SudburyALFDC Gezhtoojig Employment
Reg Canard705-524-6772rcanard@gezhtoojig.ca
Thunder BayAnishinabek Employment and
Training Services (AETS)
John DeGiacomo807-346-0307John.DeGiacomo@aets.org
Thunder BayMatawa First Nations Management Melissa Gagnon807-768-4470mgagnon@matawa.on.ca
TimminsMoose Cree First Nation Cheryl Ashamock705-658-2847cheryl.ashamock@moosecree.com
TimminsMushkekowuk Council Doug Cheechoo705-268-3594dmcheechoo@mushkegowuk.ca
TimminsWabun Tribal Council
Julie Cyr705-268-9066employ@wabun.on.ca
TorontoALFDC Miziwe Biik Aboriginal
Employment Training (MBAET)
Nancy Martin416-591-2310nancym@miziwebiik.com
WallaceburgWalpole Island First Nation Leela Thomas519-627-7148leela.thomas@wifn.org
WiikwemkoongWiikwemkoong Development
Lorraine Fox705-859-3001lafoxldm@wikydevcom.ca
11 CitiesMétis Nation Ontario (MNO) see MNO list  
29 CitiesOntario Federation Indigenous
Friendship Centers (OFIFC)
see OFIFC list  

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 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 Ontario affiliate: Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group (website)

Kirkland Lake contact: Samantha Batisse, 855-647-7874, s.batisse@keepersofthecircle.com

Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) (website)

Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) is FOR WOMEN ONLY, all affiliations, Status, Non-Status, Métis & Inuit.

This group is still active, but is no longer part of Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC).

ONWA offers many life skills programs, see ONWA Programs

ONWA Contact

Fort William contact is: Michelle McGuire, 807-623-3442, mmcguire@onwa.ca

ONWA has offices in 11 Cities, see: ONWA 11 Cities

Ontario Non-Status Indian Resources

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

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Ontario Métis Resources

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)

MNO has an ISET training program, see: MNO ISET

BancroftAmanda Cox613-332-2575 amandac@metisnation.org
Fort FrancesBrian Tucker807-274-1386 briant@metisnation.org
HamiltonDaniel Woods905-318-2336 danielw@metisnation.org
KingstonElaine Jeffrey613-549-1674 elainej@metisnation.org
MidlandJo-Anne Parent705-526-6335 jo-annep@metisnation.org
North BayLinda Krause705-474-2767 lindak@metisnation.org
OshawaTanecia Rodriguez905-443-1003 taneciar@metisnation.org
OttawaPlease call Kingston office
Sault St MarieTammy Webb705-254-1768 tammyw@metisnation.org
SudburyPlease call North Bay office
Thunder BayTiffany Millar807-624-5024 tiffanym@metisnation.org
TimminsNicole Charon705-264-3939 nicolec@metisnation.org
TorontoJane Friedman416-977-9881 janef@metisnation.org

Other Métis Resources

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Ontario Inuit Resources

These ISET funded groups are available to Ontraio Inuit.

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

See additional resources in Quick Start Guide

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (website)

You must live in Ontario for 1 year to be eligible.

OSAP Benefits

Second Career (website)

Ontario Federation Indigenous Friendship Centers (OFIFC) (website)

Ontario Friendship Centers DO HAVE ISET funding.

List of Ontario Friendship Centers

CityFriendship CenterContactPhoneEmail
AtikokanAtikokan Native Friendship Center Sarah Laurich807-597-1213sarahlaurich@gmail.com
BarrieBarrie Native Friendship Center Kim Brunelle705-721-7689 k.brunelle@bnfc.ca
CochraneIninew Friendship Center Brenda Morgan705-272-4497employmentunit@ininew
DrydenDryden Native Friendship Center Val Artimowich807-223-4180ec@dnfconline.org
Fort ErieFort Erie Native Friendship Center Kursten Ransom905-871-8931apatisiwinec@fenfc.org
Fort FrancesUnited Native Friendship Center Karen Chowhan807-274-8541kchowhan@unfc.org
GeraldtonThunderbird Friendship Center Karen Stephenson807-854-1060karen.stephenson@thunderbird
HamiltonHamilton Regional Indian Center Audrey Davis905-548-9593adavis@hric.ca
KapuskasingKapuskasing Indian
Friendship Center
Jack Solomon705-337-1935kifc@kaponline.com
KenoraNe-Chee Friendship Center Patty Fairfield807-468-5440aces@nechee.org
LondonN'Amerind Friendship Center Kristen Grosbeck519-672-0131kgrosbeck@namerind.on.ca
MidlandGeorgian Bay Native
Friendship Center
Megan Conacher705-526-5589employment@gbnfc.com
MississaugaPeel Aboriginal Network Matt Bigford905-712-4726matthew@theindigenous
Niagara Regional Native Center Jay Shawana905-685-8547apatisiwin@nrnc.ca
North BayNorth Bay Indian
Friendship Center
Kirby Mianscum705-472-2811 apatisiwin@nbifc.org
OttawaOdawa Native Friendship Center Kim Jerome613-722-3811operationsdirector@odawa.on.ca
Owen SoundM'Wikwedong Indigenous
Friendship Center
Rene Abram519-371-1147exdirector@mwikwedong.com
Parry SoundParry Sound Friendship Center Delores McKay705-746-5970execdirpsfc@gmail.com
PeterboroughNogojiwanong Friendship Center Theresa Nahwegahbow705-775-0387manager@nogofc.ca
Red LakeRed Lake Indian Friendship Center Cynthia Imbeault807-727-2847careers@rlifc.ca
SarniaSarnia-Lambton Native
Friendship Center
Candice Caron-Lennan519-344-6164ed@slnfc.org
Sault Ste MarieIndian Friendship Center Melissa Hurley705-256-5634ec@ssmifc.ca
Sioux LookoutNishnawbe-Gamik
Friendship Center
Jennifer Thomas800-619-9519executivedirector@ngfc.net
SudburyN'Swakamok Friendship Center Rachel George705-674-2128apatisiwin@nfcsudbury.org
Thunder BayThunder Bay Indigenous
Friendship Center
Ryan Sigurdson807-345-5840ryan.sigurdson@tbifc.ca
TimminsTimmins Native Friendship Center Caitlyn Kaltwasser705-268-6262ckaltwasser@tnfc.ca
TorontoToronto Council Fire Native
Cultural Center
Errol Hernandez416-360-4350aumath@councilfire.ca
TorontoOntario Federation Indigenous
Friendship Centers (OFIFC)
Kizzy Paris416-956-7575kparis@ofifc.org
WindsorCan-Am Indian Friendship Center Lisea Bergeron519-253-3243apatisiwin@caifc.ca

Ontario Indigenous Scholarship

Dreamcatcher (Download Dreamcatcher Application Form)

Canada Wide Indigenous Scholarships

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Updated: 2019/12/03