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SDC LDM Employment Program

Sagamok Development Corporation
Changes to Aboriginal Employment and Training Programs

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) is the successor program to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, which expired in March 2010.

Under the ASET Strategy, Aboriginal Agreement Holders design and deliver employment programs and services best suited to the unique needs of their clients, within the framework of the strategy. The North Shore Tribal Council is an Agreement holder for five of the seven First Nations within the Tribal Council area.  Under the NSTC Agreement, there are two Local Delivery Mechanisms (LDMs) that administer the ASETS programs:  Naadmaadwiuk LDM (servicing Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Whitefish Lake), Serpent River, Mississauga, and Garden River First Nations), and Sagamok Development Corporation (SDC) LDM, formerly Saulteaux Enterprises (servicing Sagamok Anishnawbek).  Each organization must meet strict accountability requirements and demonstrate strong performance results in strategic areas.

ASETS focuses on three strategic priorities:

  1. supporting demand-driven skills development

          (concrete skills training in fields of high demand in the labour force),

  1. fostering partnerships with the private sector, and the provinces and territories

          (ensuring financial and service collaborations between multiple partners), and

  1. placing emphasis on accountability and results

          (results focusing on return to immediate, long-term employment)

ASETS is designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for, find, and keep high-demand, sustainable jobs, now and in the long term, through delivery of its programs and services. These include: job-finding skills and training, programs for youth, programs for urban and Aboriginal people with disabilities, and access to child care.

How will the Changes Affect Funding?

In order to access funding, a member of Sagamok must first undergo a general intake with the Intake and Monitoring Officer, before engaging in career counselling with the Career and Employment Counselor.  Career counselling will begin with identifying career goals, matching goals to labour market demands, identifying steps involved including education, training, experience, and creating a career action plan.

Only when an individual has completed the required education and/or training component of their career plan, can they access the Targeted Wage Subsidy Programs (ages 30 and under may access short term work experience while they are completing educational endeavours).  The priority and focus for funding is in the area of Skill Enhancement, correlating to labour market demands.


Employment Related Programs and Supports


Programs and Projects must be in line with your overall career goals and labour market demands

Intention of programs is to lead to full time employment


Job Opportunity Program

Objective:  To provide training and work experience to unemployed participants who are facing barriers in order to obtain full-time employment. This enables participants to gain valuable knowledge and skills necessary to enter the labour force.
Eligibility:  Unemployed individuals facing employment barriers and must be eligible for EI benefits or EI reach back.
Duration:  Projects may last up to a maximum of 26 weeks.

Skills Enhancement Program

Objective:  To assist individuals to attend training courses to enhance their employability.
Eligible Delivery Agents: For profit businesses, educational institutions, qualified trainers.
Eligible Participants:  Unemployed individuals who require assistance to attend training courses to improve their employability. Participants must qualify for EI benefits or reach back within the last five years.
Duration:   Training may last up to 40 weeks or a negotiated 52 weeks. Minimum required weeks shall be 1 week unless participant receives certification.

Employment Supports

Objectives:   To provide one-time assistance to unemployed individuals who require supplies or other necessities to begin full-time employment.
Eligibility:   Unemployed individuals who have secured full-time employment. Full-time means working 30 hours or more per week, permanent. Seasonal or temporary employment is not eligible.
Duration & Financial Assistance:  Funding per participant not to exceed $250.00 per annum.

Mobility Assistance

Objectives:  To provide assistance to unemployed individuals who have secured long-term, full time employment, to relocate to start work.

Eligible Supports:  One-way travel allowance to relocate greater than 100 kilometers.  Accommodations allowance for overnight accommodations until the individual moves into new residence, to a maximum of 3 days.

Job Creation Partnership

Objective:  To assist unemployed individuals to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.
Eligible Sponsors: Businesses, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, municipal and provincial governments and First Nation band councils.
Eligible Participants:  Unemployed workers- must qualify under the EI Act.
Duration: The project can last up to a maximum of 26 weeks.
Financial Assistance: Employment Insurance or enhanced top up to a maximum EI rate while on project, employer may top up prevailing wage rate.

Self-Employment Assistance Program

The objective of the self employment assistance program is to assist unemployed individuals to become self-employed by starting a viable business. The program will provide income support to a member while they are starting their own business so that they don't need to depend on the business profits for an income during the initial business start-up. This program is funded through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement.

Eligibility for Self Employment Assistance is determined according to the A.S.E.T.A. criteria. 

Please note: we are only able to fund Sagamok Anishnawbek band members (both those who reside on and off reserve).

Qualifying Criteria:

                * completed business plan

                * Applicant resume & Copy of status card

                * Statement of Intent

How the Program Works;

                *The participant must submit bi-weekly journal of activities describing their work and activities related to the business start-up.

                * The participant must submit bi-weekly time sheets to detail  their time spent working on the               business.

                * In office progress meetings once a month

                * Duration of the project is to a maximum of 26 weeks.


Youth Programs

To respond to the unique needs of on & off reserve Youth between the ages of 15-30 years.

Internship Program: To support internships with employers that provide youth with skills enhancement, work experience and entrepreneurial assistance to help them make a successful transition into the labour market.

Community Service Program: To support the development of work opportunities for youth who face barriers to finding employment through participation in community service programs. The aim is to help young people develop the life skills and work experience necessary to enter the labour market.

Apprenticeship Program: Under previous programs listed by Sagamok Development Corporation is committed to assist individuals pursuing apprenticeship application. If eligible, applicants may be funded for registration as well as in school and on the job training throughout apprenticeship duration.

Youth Programs: To assist youth who are facing life difficulties such as the various types of abuse, problems with the law, teenage pregnancy and other identified situations. The program is designed to provide employment opportunities to encourage self-esteem and recognize alternative lifestyles.

Student Summer Career PlacementTo help youth who are students find summer work through wage subsidies to employers.