Working together to improve the lives of the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Peoples of Canada …

Web_ Ready_ ASETS_BrochureThe Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Congress) provides assistance and funding for training and skills development to Aboriginal Peoples living off-reserve. Through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), the program is designed to help Aboriginal Peoples prepare for, and find high-demand jobs that will help address Canada’s labour market challenges. Funded through Employment and Social Development Canada, the Congress’ employment programs and services provide Aboriginal Peoples the opportunity to gain the skills required to find employment and fill job gaps in sectors experiencing skills and labour shortages. The ASETS program is targeted to Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout Canada. Those eligible to apply include Aboriginal youth, women, single parents, mature workers, persons with disabilities and those experiencing career change or transition. ASETS links training to labour market demand in career fields such as internet technologies, the health care sector, financial services, the resource sector, and in trades such as welders, electricians or carpenters as well as other careers.   


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Deadline February 27

We are seeking project proposals that provide the opportunity for Aboriginal Peoples to gain the skills required to find employment and fill job gaps in sectors experiencing skills and labour shortages. The ASETS program is targeted to Aboriginal Peoples living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout Canada.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is seeking proposals for Aboriginal skills and employment training projects for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Application deadline is February 27, 2015.




  • Employment Counseling – assists and guides individuals with career planning, training, labour market information, resume preparation, job searches, interview techniques, etc.
  • Skills Training – assists individuals with skills development by providing funding for training.
  • Wage Subsidies – provides work experience by providing wage subsidies to employers.
  • Self-Employment Assistance – provides financial assistance, business training and professional support that enable clients to develop a business plan or start a business.

The CAP ASETS is currently receiving applications for the following:

Health Care Professions Program – This program targets health care professions such as Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nursing Assistants and other technical/laboratory occupations in health such as Lab technicians.

Skilled Trades For Women Program – This program targets Aboriginal women, youth and single parents for entry into the skilled trades (i.e. carpenters, electricians, welders, boilermaker, pipe fitters, brick masons  etc.) The program is open to all applicants, however priority will be given to Aboriginal women, youth and single parents.

Bookkeeping/Finance – This program provides support to individuals who wish to enter bookkeeping and finance occupations and related careers such as loan officers, insurance adjusters, underwriters, assessors etc.

Correctional Officer Program – This program, in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), will train qualified candidates in CSC’s Correctional Officer Training Program for employment as Correctional Officers or Primary Workers (Women’s facilities) within the Correctional Service of Canada.

Self-Employment Assistance Program – This program provides supports through mentorship and referrals, entrepreneur skills development, and income support while entrepreneurs are developing a business plan, implementing a business plan or starting up a business. Self-Employment Call For ApplicationsPDF

Essential Skills/GED Program– This program targets Aboriginal off-reserve youth, single parents and persons with disabilities to provide essential skills development for specific careers (i.e. mining essentials) or provide the essential skills (reading text, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, thinking skills and continuous learning) and/or academic upgrading (i.e. GED) necessary for entry into the workforce.

Careers in Demand – Funding is also available for skills training in career fields that are in demand or are experiencing labour shortages.

To apply for Employment and Training Funds, complete the client application below.

Please send completed application to:

Fax:      (613) 747-1124
Mail:     Attn: ASETS
Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
867 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON     K1K-3B1



Partnerships are a key element of the ASETS program. The Congress has established a number of partnerships with businesses and is continually looking to develop additional relationships with non-profit organizations, governments, training institutions and other employers in order to create the opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples to fill the current labour demands. Note: For businesses interested in entering a partnership with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, please contact us directly.



Aboriginal Peoples are an important labour pool for many sectors of the Canadian economy, especially those experiencing skill and labour shortages.

  • There are 1.4 million self-identified Aboriginal People in Canada.
  • More than one million Aboriginal Peoples live off-reserve (75%).
  • The Aboriginal population increased by 20% between 2006 and 2011, as compared to 5.2% for the non-Aboriginal population in Canada.
  • Aboriginal Peoples are the fastest growing and youngest demographic.
  • Half of all Aboriginal Peoples in Canada are under the age of 28.

Source: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, National Household Survey 2011


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Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 3B1
Tel: 613-747-6022
Toll Free: 1-888-997-9927
Fax: (613)747-8834

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