Maximize Community Support

Ensuring clients have access to specialized community services and support for specic populations.

In Ottawa, there are many services provided to meet the needs of specic populations, including support around employment. This section focuses on these specialized resources, both in terms of getting ready for, and conducting,
the job search. When working with a client, you can explore the population(s) to which they belong to see if there are specialized programs and services that they can access.



In Canada, there are 80 Aboriginal Agreement Holders (Aboriginal Employment Centres) with 400 delivery locations across Canada. These employment centres work within Employment and Social Development Canada’sAboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). Each centre serves as a direct source to help Indigenous people with their employment, training and job search requirements. Click here to view the Indigenous employment centres listed on ESDC’s website.


Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Training & Services – Extends employment and training services, including employment counselling, access to computers and a job board, to all eligible Aboriginal peoples in their catchment area – between Ottawa and Oshawa.

Métis Nation of Ontario Education and Training (MNOET) – An ESDC ASETS Agreement Holder, provides a full range of employment training programs and supports for the educational success of all Métis across Ontario.

Minwaashin Lodge Employment Unit – Has 3 programs for Aboriginal women to increase their job skills and take action to increase education, training, and career development. Traditional Aboriginal Program delivers career counselling, groups, work placements, coaching and training.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) Employment Support Program – An ESDC ASETS Agreement Holder, offers assistance with finding financial assistance for education, résumé writing, developing cover letters, and practising interviews; also assists in removal of barriers to long-term employment success.

Other Employment-focused Resources

Aboriginal Careers – Powered by Aboriginal Link, this highly specialized employment portal is fully-dedicated to assisting Aboriginal Job Seekers in researching and acquiring opportunities to develop their careers; includes training resources, skill development, ‘how-to’ guides, and 1,000s of Aboriginal job postings.

Aboriginal Human Resource Council – Creates and markets a wide range of products, services and networks that help Indigenous people advance careers and organizations create inclusive workplaces that position them as employers-of-choice.

Indigenous Interactive Multimedia Program – ICMI offers an innovative process that enhances entry-level skills required for acceptance to college or university interactive multimedia design programs.

Indspire (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) – Distributes bursaries and scholarships and recognizes Canada’s Indigenous achievers; also provides a job board that connects employers with one of the fastest growing demographics in Canada.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) – An ESDC ASETS Agreement Holder, NWAC holds a vision for program and policy that reflects the needs of Aboriginal women and families, including activities around Labour Market Development.


Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team – (formerly Tungasuvvingat IFHT) Offers culturally grounded care, real access and competency capacity; incorporates features unique to the Inuit population into delivery of its primary care mandate.

Courage To Soar Program – A partnership with Willis College and Minwaashin Lodge, offers training and career development opportunities in Office Administration for Aboriginal women who are survivors/at risk of domestic violence. Willis College includes a 4-week “transition to academic learning” module.

Gignul Non-Profit Housing – Assists Aboriginal people at risk of losing their housing, or those who are currently homeless.

Inuit Family Resource and Health Promotion Centre – Focuses on families with children ages 0-13 years who are at risk. The goal is to promote healthy outcomes through four main core standard areas: child development and nutrition, cultural development and retention, parenting and care-taking skills, community development and healing.

Inuit Non-Profit Housing (no website) 613-741-1449Offers rent-geared-to-income housing for Inuit in the Ottawa area. Inuit are given priority, after which Métis and Status Indian applicants are considered.

Mamisarvik Healing Centre & Transition House – An Inuit-specific residential and day addiction and trauma treatment program for Inuit men and women aged 18 years or older. Holistic and therapeutic treatment that helps clients end their dependency on drugs and alcohol, heal from past trauma and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Minwaashin Lodge – Provides prevention and intervention services and programs for grandmothers, women, children and youth who are survivors of family violence and the residential school system, including those impacted by intergenerational effects.

Odawa Native Friendship Centre – Offers programs to the Aboriginal community, including Community Justice; Family Support; Healthy Babies, Healthy Children; Akwego; Healing & Wellness; Life Long Care; Shawenjeagamik Drop In Centre; Sweetgrass Home Child Care Agency; Alternative High School; Healthy Living; Homeless Partnering Strategy; Wasa-Nabin Urban Youth Program.

Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre – Serves Inuit children and youth from birth to 13 years of age and their families in the City of Ottawa.

Tewegan Transition House – A transitional home for young First Nation, Inuit and Métis women (between the ages of 16 to 29) who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, operated by the Aboriginal Youth Non-Profit Housing Corporation.

Tungasuvvingat Inuit – Addictions /trauma treatment and continuing care; Counseling for families, adults, youth and children; Diabetes awareness and prevention, Healthy weight promotion; Employment skills and training.

Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School Program (Odawa Native Friendship Centre) – For the adolescent who identifies as being of Native ancestry who may be having difficulty coping in the present educational system, may have been out of school for awhile, and/or is in need of assistance in returning to the mainstream school system.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health – Offers a full medical clinic, mental health clinic, community and cultural programs along with community outreach.


Congress of Aboriginal Peoples – A nationally-incorporated umbrella organization that represents the interests, nationally, of its provincial and territorial affiliate organizations across Canada; founded in 1971 as the Native Council of Canada (NCC) to represent the interests of Métis and nonstatus Indians.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) – Headquartered in Ottawa, the MNO, through its province-wide infrastructure, delivers a range of programs and services in the areas of health, labour market development, education and housing, to approximately 73,000 Ontario Métis and other Aboriginal groups.


ALIS: What Works – Aboriginal Peoples – A counsellor resource with career-building strategies for working with aboriginal peoples, prepared by the Government of Alberta.

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Francophone Community


Centre Moi j’apprends – Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services, in French, that help individuals achieve goals related to further education, training and employment.

CESOC Employability Program – Prepares Francophone newcomers for entry into the Canadian labour market; provides valuable support for their economic integration as well as communication tools to assist them in their job search. F

La Bonne affaire (Opportunities for All) – Informs, trains, and prepares newcomers for the new realities of the Ontario Labour Market so they can adequately meet employers’ expectations.

Le Carrefour – Adult high school with French courses designed for adult learners who want to complete their high school diploma, refresh their skills, integrate into the workforce, or prepare for college or university.