Ontario is funding new projects to support the success of Aboriginal learners in Sudbury.
Gezhtoojig Employment and Training Centre will receive $539,826 over two years to provide 48 learners with the opportunity to complete the Line Crew Ground Support Program, with possible continuation at Cambrian College.
Cambrian College will also receive $138, 156 over two years to enroll six aboriginal students from Northwestern Ontario in the Industrial Mechanical Millwright Technical Program (at Cambrian College’s Sudbury Campus), which, upon completion, will result in their employment with Resolute Forest Products.
Both Sudbury projects are receiving support from Ontario’s Targeted Initiatives Fund. The province is investing $3 million to the Targeted Initiatives Fund in 2015-16 to support 20 projects at postsecondary education and training institutions, community-based organizations and other service delivery partners. The Aboriginal Institutes Consortium - a group of Aboriginal controlled post-secondary education and training institutes - will also receive support to standardize and harmonize how they collect student and program data to help to monitor the performance of programs and services offered to Aboriginal learners.
This announcement reflects the province’s June 2015 commitment for stable funding of Aboriginal postsecondary education totaling $97 million over three years, including an additional $5 million to support the sustainability of Ontario's nine Aboriginal-owned and operated postsecondary education and training institutes located throughout the province.
Investing in the talent and skills of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit learners is one of the many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
"The Targeted Initiative Fund supports innovative and thoughtful approaches to helping Aboriginal learners achieve successful outcomes and I’m thrilled that both the Gezhtoojig Employment and Training Centre and Cambrian College are receiving support for projects that will benefit students in Sudbury and other Northern communities for years to come." — Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury 2
"Cambrian College has a long history of supporting Aboriginal learners from across the North. We are pleased to be able to partner with the Province of Ontario and Gezhtoojig Employment and Training Centre to play a role in providing so many Aboriginal learners with the educational foundation upon which to launch exciting careers in the power and forestry industries." — Bill Best, President of Cambrian College
"First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners deserve equal access to high quality postsecondary education and skills training programs that will help them get good jobs. The Targeted Initiatives Fund projects will help provide students with direct educational opportunities as well as initiatives that support learning environments that are anchored in the diverse cultural and linguistic traditions of Aboriginal communities." — Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
"The Targeted Initiatives Fund is helping to provide tangible examples of reconciliation that make a difference in the lives of Indigenous students. The programs supported by the fund will give Indigenous students the tools they need to succeed. We will continue to look to them and other Indigenous partners for guidance and leadership as we walk the path of reconciliation together." — David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
The Targeted Initiatives Fund has supported 54 projects at colleges, universities, Aboriginal Institutes and Aboriginal community organizations across Ontario since 2013 through three separate calls for proposals.
The Targeted Initiative Fund is open to all colleges, universities, Aboriginal postsecondary education and training institutes, Aboriginal training service providers and Aboriginal community organizations.
A one-time investment of $5 million was provided through the 2015 Ontario Budget to support the sustainability of Ontario’s nine Aboriginal postsecondary education and training institutes.
Achieving Results through Partnership highlights a number of successful programs that are giving Aboriginal learners relevant education and skills training opportunities.
Ontario provides $1.5 million in annual funding through the Aboriginal Student Bursary Fund to help Aboriginal learners with financial needs participate in postsecondary education and training.
In 2013-14, about 16,036 self-identified Aboriginal learners attended college and university in Ontario, an increase of about nine per cent or 1,472 learners since 2009-10.
Rachel Thompson, EA to MPP Glenn Thibeault email@example.com