Métis Employability Program (MEP)

Objectives

  • To increase the employability of Métis people through specialized support that will reduce existing barriers to employment opportunities. This type of programming can be delivered through a special project or individual client contract.
  • Supports may include: counseling, financial planning, job finding clubs, job search strategies, diagnostic services, job readiness, and literacy or upgrading.
  • Funds may also be used to cover the cost of criminal records checks, pardons, CPR and First Aid or similar costs that would assist the client with their employment.
  • To provide clients with the ability to purchase such items as proper work related clothing attire, work boots, uniforms, coveralls, safety glasses or any items deemed necessary for the client to enter the labour market.


Eligible Clients

  • Métis clients whether unemployed, under-employed and/or clients whose employment is at risk due to labour market changes, insufficient employment skills or certification.
  • Recognized training institutions, private training institutions and/or delivery agents recognized by industry.


Criteria

  • Training must relate directly to employment goals and must meet the needs of both the client and the industry or labour market.
  • Clients must access training through the MNO intake and assessment process.
  • Training costs will correspond to funding availability and must demonstrate cost effectiveness.
  • These funds can only be accessed one time per fiscal year up to a maximum of $500 per client. Anything above this amount will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Duration

  • Depending on the request, up to a maximum of 2 years is available.
  • Funding can only be committed one year at a time; the second year is dependent on budget availability, RAC approval and client commitment.
  • Some circumstances may warrant training that is longer than a 2 year time frame due to identified disabilities and /or outlined circumstances of the return to work action plan.

Funding

  • EI and CRF

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