Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 22, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Aboriginal Training and Employment in Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - Aboriginal people in Ontario will get the skills they need to find and keep jobs as a result of Government of Canada-funded support. Mrs. Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is taking action to create jobs and economic opportunities for all Canadians," said Mrs. Glover. "Investing in training is one of the most important measures our government is taking to protect Canada and its workers today, while strengthening the long-term competitiveness of our economy."

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) will design and deliver employment programs and services for Aboriginal people in Ontario. As a result, many individuals will secure jobs over the duration of the project, and Aboriginal youth will get help to return to school or to find full-time work.

"The Métis are one of the fastest growing demographics in Ontario, and the MNO continues to build partnerships with other governments and industry to ensure that our people have the opportunity to address employment gaps and the growing demand for skilled labour," said Mr. Gary Lipinski, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

The Government of Canada is supporting this project through its Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which is part of a government-wide approach to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit secure sustainable and meaningful employment.

The Métis Nation of Ontario will receive over $30 million through the federal Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy.


The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Stategy (ASETS) is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that will link training to labour market demand and ensure that the growing Aboriginal population is able to fully participate in economic opportunities. Through ASETS, the Government of Canada will be providing Aboriginal Agreement Holders with $1.6 billion over five years.

ASETS is the partnership- and results-based successor strategy to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. Implemented in 2010, ASETS focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; and putting emphasis on accountability and results. The Government of Canada is working with partners across the country to facilitate the transition and planning process.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office