Navigating Employment Pathways


Strengthening Career Destinations for Aboriginal People in Tourism and Hospitality!

Building on the success of the Ready to Work Tourism and Hospitality Program, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to announce the new Navigating Employment Pathways Program (NEP), funded in part by the Government of Canada. The program is a partnership between the MNO and the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC).

The NEP program is designed to provide industry specific training to Aboriginal people looking for a career in the tourism and hospitality sector, and will be offered in four (4) sites including: Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Midland.

This fully funded training opportunity will be offered twice a year and is comprised of two training components.

The first is ten (10) weeks of classroom training where participants may gain certifications in Tourism Essentials, Service Excellence, Food Safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Smart Serve.

Along with these certifications, participants will also be working towards occupation specific training in one of the 16 choices available through The National emerit Professional Certification Process. These choices are listed below:

  • Bartender
  • Event Coordinator
  • Food & Beverage Server
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Freshwater Angling Guide
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Housekeeping Room Attendant
  • Hunting Guide
  • Line Cook
  • Reservations Sales Agent
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Sales Manager
  • Taxicab & Limousine Driver
  • Tour Guide
  • Tourism Visitor Information Counsellor

Participants will then take the skills and knowledge they have learned in the classroom and apply them during the second component, which is a paid work placement.

During the work placement, participants will begin to log their work hours towards the second step of the National emerit Professional Certification Process, bringing them one step closer to becoming a Tourism Certified Professional. Throughout the program, participants will work closely with staff to develop Individual Skills Development Plans, ensuring that individual skills, experiences, knowledge and career goals are being matched with the national occupation choices. Guest speakers, field trips and expanding cultural knowledge are also built into the program components.

Successful participants may leave the program with valuable certifications along with greater knowledge and understanding of the tourism and hospitality industry. Participants will also gain work experience from their work placement, which could lead to securing employment as a Tourism Certified Professional.

The program will also involve creating an Advisory Committee of industry stake holders and community members who will meet and provide knowledge and expertise to the program at each location.

Click here to view a NEP flyer for MNO Community Councils

Click here for the NEP Registraion Form

Click here for the NEP Occupational Research Questionnaire

Click here for the NEP Background Questionnaire

For more information and application deadlines please contact the location you would like to attend.

Midland 705-527-1228 or TF 1-888-684-7347

Sault Ste. Marie 705-254-1768 or TF 1-877-737-6693

North Bay 705-474-2767 ext. 313 or TF 1-888-825-1742 ext. 313

Thunder Bay 807-624-5011 or TF 1-800-256-2595