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ABOUT Employment Education & Training provided by Anishnabeg Outreach


About Us & Our Services

Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training Inc. extends employment, education and training services to all eligible Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.  We offer Employment Ontario and Aboriginal specific funding and programs including Apatsiwin.  Our friendly Resource Center(s) Staff offers you, our Clients
quality service that empowers you to reach your potential and prepares you to succeed in an ever-changing world of work.  


Program & Service Directory

Our Team is working to fill our job boards so our clients find the opportunities they have always wanted.  Explore our Career Portal and search based on key words or location.  Apply to jobs on the board while online.

Employment Resources

Your one-stop shop for support and coaching with access opportunities!

  • Career Exploration and 1 to 1 Career Counselling
  • Resume, Job Search Assistance, Workshops
  • Labour Market Information, Job Boards and Job Search Resources
  • Employment and Training Supports
  • Job Placement and Employer Incentives
  • Second Career Funding Information and Applications
  • Youth Job Link Program (Ages 15-29)
  • Canada Ontario Job Grant Provider
  • Apprenticeships, Internships and Job Trials Information and Support
  • Summer Job Placements, Community Hours, and Volunteer Opportunities
  • Free access to Internet, Phone, Fax and Photocopier



Employers - We are here to help you too!

Take advantage of tax incentives, funding and programs to help hire and train employees for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.

  • Training and Hiring Incentives
  • Assistance with filling vacancies and Pre-Screening
  • No cost advertising/Marketing
  • Wage Subsidies
  • Job Matching
  • Employment Ready Candidates
  • Talented pool of aboriginal and non-aboriginal clients
  • Job Development Support through training


Employment Ontario Programs

Second Career

Second Career provides help to unemployed, layed-off workers who will benefit most from skills training to find work.

Second Career helps unemployed laid-off workers with:
  • skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario
  • financial support, based on individual demonstrated financial need
Second Career provides up to $28,000 to cover:
  • all or a portion of the tuition costs, books, transportation costs, a basic living allowance based on individual demonstrated needs and other mandatory instructional costs to help approved applicants participate in skills training.
  • Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with a disability, dependent care, living away from home costs and all costs relation to Literacy and Basic Skills training are excluded from the $28,000.
To be eligible for Second Career you must:
  • have been laid-off on or after January 1, 2005;
  • be unemployed or working in an interim job as defined by Second Career;
  • be a resident of Ontario;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to work in Canada; and
  • demonstrate occupational demand for the skills training request with evidence of good employment prospects locally or within Ontario.
Several factors are considered to determine the most suitable individual for funding:

Canada Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant will provide direct financial support for employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce.  In this grant program, employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained, and the training that meets their workforce development needs. This program is intended to support employers in taking a greater role in workforce development. It requires a cost-shared training investment by employers to qualify for the government grant.

Building on the overall objective of the grant, the ministry also has the following strategic priorities for how the grant is utilized with employers and individuals.

Supporting Unemployed Individuals: Employers are willing to hire and train unemployed individuals to fill their job vacancies.
Supporting Job Creation: Employers use the grant to support expansion of their workforces.
Increased Job Quality: The grant supports permanent, sustainable full-time jobs
Job Advancement: The grant enables incumbent workers to remain in their current positions, or for incumbent workers to take new positions within the business that offer greater responsibilities and/or rates of pay.


Youth Job Link

Youth Job Link is available to all eligible youth, including students, focusing on those who face few barriers to employment (i.e.; youth who are self-motivated, self-directed and require minimal assistance finding employment). The program offers a range of non-intensive “light touch” employment services that offer young people an opportunity to gain career management skills, exposure to career exploration activities, and assistance with finding employment, including summer jobs and part-time employment during the school year.
Youth Job Link (YJL) is a new provincial youth employment program.

The program serves youth, aged 15 to 29, who do not face significant barriers to employment, but could benefit from some extra help to plain their careers and transition to the labour market.

YJL will provide three categories of non-intensive employment services, each of which will be available year-round. They are:

  • Career exploration
  • Career management services
  • Job search for job readiness and matching assistance to connect youth with employers offering employment opportunities, including summer jobs


Employing Young Talent Incentive

The government announced through the 2017 Fall Economic Statement that over the next three years, it will invest more than $500 million in new initiatives to promote economic growth and lower costs for small businesses.

As part of this work, businesses will benefit through an Ontario investment of $124 million for hiring youth ages 15 to 29 years from January 1, 2018 until March 31, 2020.  In order to support youth employment, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) has partnered with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) to implement a new retention incentive to support employers who hire Youth (ages 15 – 29).

These initiatives will be supported by using the existing Employment Ontario delivery network to provide employers with incentives to hire and retain youth.

Employers will receive a maximum of $2,000 to hire and retain youth.

Literacy And Basic Skills

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) helps adult learners develop and apply communication, numeracy and digital skills to successfully transition into their goals of employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, postsecondary and independence.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who is a resident of Ontario, at least 19 years of age, communicates in English or French and need help with improving their literacy and basic skills to prepare them for successful transition to employment, further education and training, and independence.
LBS services support programming for Indigenous, Francophone, Deaf and Anglophone learners.
These services are offered through local School Boards, Community based agencies, and Colleges.


Employment And Training Supports

Employment and Training Supports are available to address temporary financial barriers to participation in Employment Service. All Employment Service assisted service clients have access to employment and training supports.

Supports are up to $500 per client participating in any component of assisted Employment Service. They are only available to clients that have a family income that falls within the Low Income “Market Basket Measure Thresholds by MBM Region”. This threshold information is maintained by the federal government, at www.statcan.gc.ca.
Supports can cover costs such as:
  • transportation
  • work clothing or clothing/grooming needed to achieve credibility
  • special equipment, supplies and equipment
  • certification charges (that may apply to some short-term courses)
  • short-term training costs such as books, materials, workplace safety
  • emergency or infrequent child care
  • language skills assessment and academic credential assessment
  • translation of academic documents for internationally trained individuals
  • workplace accommodation needs for persons with disabilities.               


Employer Incentives - Job Matching Placement And Incentives

The JMPI component matches client skills and interests with employment opportunities and employer needs. Clients using this component need a work experience or on-the-job training placement.  

Clients get support in matching their skills, capabilities, interests and experience with the requirements of the employer and the position. Clients can also receive placement into employment and/or on-the-job training opportunities. These placements include “job test and hire”, work experience, and community volunteer positions. Basic WHMIS and other workplace safety information and training are also available.
Key suitability indicators in this case are those related to market perceptions. These include a lack of relevant work experience, work experience outside Canada, and language barriers.
JMPI includes:
  • proactive outreach to employers, to identify opportunities not yet available in the competitive job market
  • support to employers to identify skills and capabilities they need, and explore apprenticeship training requirements
  • sensitivity/diversity training, workplace accommodation training for persons with disabilities, orientation to workplace health and safety, and workplace communication training
  • matching of employers’ skill needs and participants’ capabilities and interests
  • assessing the appropriateness of the workplace and the capacity of the employer to provide a positive experience and work-related training
  • placement into employment (with and without financial incentives), volunteer, job trial and on-the-job training opportunities
  • development of on-the-job training plans and agreements, including negotiation of financial incentives, if required
  • monitoring of the work experience or on-the-job training agreement with participant and employer
  • linking participants with mentors and coaches during and after job placement



Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job and in-school training for employment in a skilled trade. On average, 80 to 90 per cent of training takes place in the workplace with training by qualified journeypersons. The remainder involves classroom instruction delivered at a college of applied arts and technology or other approved training delivery agent.

There are more than 150 apprenticeship trades in four sectors: construction, industrial/manufacturing, motive power and service.
Both EI and non-EI apprentices may be eligible for financial supports for in-school training and completion incentives from governments.



The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program helps potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as apprentices.

There is no cost to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program, and costs for text books, safety equipment and tools are included.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is open to a wide range of clients including:
  • High School graduates / Early school leavers
  • Unemployed/underemployed youth and adults
  • EI/Non-EI Eligible
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Newcomers to Canada

Note: Certain eligibility criteria may apply to specific programs.


Aboriginal Funding

  • Apatisiwin Funding
  • Aboriginal specific funding and programs
  • Supports for Indigenous people
  • Cultural Events and Workshops
  • Community Board
  • Links to Local and National Aboriginal Programs and Partners
  • Youth Based Programs and Opportunities


Apatisiwin Programs

Anishnabeg Outreach Inc. is an Urban Indigenous Employment Service Provider (UIESP) funded through The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers (OFIFC) with funds from the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Strategy (ASETS) with Service Canada.

What is Apatisiwin?
Apatisiwin is a Swampy Cree word meaning employment, training and jobs. Apatisiwin was formerly known as O-GI. Whether it means going back to school, help to prepare résumés, cover letters, practicing for interviews, on-the-job training, or assistance with the costs of living while clients improve their skills toward a career path. The Apatisiwin Employment Counsellor can provide community-based and one-to-one supports and resources, and can also assist clients to access a range of training, education and skills development opportunities.

Who is Eligible for Apatisiwin Services?
Status and Non-Status First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples.

The Apatisiwin Program offers a variety of employment programs, education and services designed to provide opportunities for urban Aboriginal people of Ontario to better their economic lives through culturally based services in an employment focused partnership environment.


Funding Services

Pre-Employment Training

This program is designed to address pre-employment barriers of Apatisiwin clients. The intervention also aids in helping those individuals who require additional assistance in order to maintain employment.
Examples of pre-employment training include but are not limited to:
  • Essential Skills
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge
  • Literacy/numeracy
  • General Education Diploma
  • Skills upgrading


Purchase of Training

This program is designed to assist clients who are overcoming existing or anticipated labour force barriers by purchasing training courses in public, private institutions and through recognized trainers.

Examples of Purchase of Training costs include:
  • Tuition/course fees
  • Mandatory training related costs

On-The-Job Training

This program provides on the job training and work experience to clients by providing wage

subsidies and other specified costs to employers. The objective is to provide clients with the

skills and competencies required to obtain employment.

Apprenticeship Training

This program is used to enhance and ensure the successful completion of apprenticeship training certification.
There are specific rules and legislation that govern apprenticeship and the trades, and there are a number of stakeholders, including MAESD and the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), involved in the oversight and administration of trades programs.  

When you first mention postsecondary education, most people think of college and university.  However, there is a third option that is equally vital to Ontario’s economy: apprenticeship.  Apprenticeship is a skilled trades training program wherein apprentices train on the job with qualified skilled workers for 85% to 90% of their program, and spend the remaining 10% to 15% of their program in classroom or online training.  Apprentices are usually required to complete three to four levels of schooling over the course of a two to five-year apprenticeship.  
There are over 150 apprenticeship trades in Ontario, in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power, and service.  OCOT maintains a list of all apprenticeship trades in Ontario, along with important information about each trade.

Self Employment Training

This program provides direct financial support, business training or professional support to enable a client to

start their own business or continue in a career of self-employment.

Examples of supports include:
  • Business Training
  • Business Plan Development
  • Professional Advice for Marketing, Accounting and Financial Management
  • Capital costs are negotiable

Community Building And Partnerships

The purpose of this program is to create opportunities through partnerships, as opposed to finding opportunities through partnerships, as done through the On the Job Training or Supports Interventions.
It also provides an opportunity for the transfer of culture-related skills for clients to gain work experience leading to full-time employment.
This program is used to provide work opportunities for individuals who face greater barriers to entering the labour force through participation in community service projects. CBP challenge young people to invest their time, energy and expertise in their own communities, through meaningful service projects.

Training Supports

This program is used to provide financial supports to eliminate barriers for clients participating in Skills Enhancement interventions.

Financial supports may provide:
  • Living expenses allowance
  • Dependent care allowance
  • Living away from home allowance
  • Commuting allowance
  • Parking costs
  • Training course related costs (i.e. books, course kits)

Summer Jobs

The Summer Jobs intervention is designed to assist students in preparing for their future entry into the labour market. The initiative provides career-related work experience to students through the provision of wage subsidies to public, private and not-for-profit employers to create summer employment opportunities for students.
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