Eligibility Criteria

Client Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants are normally unemployed. Consideration will be given to clients under-employed and/or clients whose employment is at risk due to changes in the labour market, insufficient employment skills or certification
  • Regional priorities may be set for these categories; for example, percentages of clients who will be served from the "employed" or "self-employed" categories
  • The minimum eligible age is fifteen (15) years of age
  • Applicants must also meet specific program eligibility criteria

Métis Qualification

  • To qualify for ASETS Programs, a person must:
  • Self-identify as Métis
  • Reside in Ontario
  • Not be registered as an Indian under the Indian Act or as an Inuk on an Inuit registry

Training Eligibility Criteria

  • The training is to provide employable and/or transferable skills
  • The applicant will have a high probability of achieving employment when these skills are acquired
  • The training should lead to the applicant's self-sufficiency and career aspirations, to be reflected in the applicant’s Action Plan
  • To be eligible for training allowances there must be the ability to monitor attendance and progress by the MNO Education & Training Regional Office staff

Eligible Training

  • Part-Time training is eligible upon review and recommendation and adjusted allowances may be negotiated.
  • Adult Basic Education/Upgrading is eligible. Upgrading to meet post-secondary entrance requirements may also be considered.
  • Industry training is provided based on needs related to the labour market in a particular Region. Training is intended to address first-time clients in comparison to returning applicants.
  • Individual requests to fund industry training (i.e. renewable training/short-term tickets), for example, WHMIS, H2S Alive, OFA Level 1 to 3, and other First Aid Certificates, Fire Suppression, ATV, Chainsaw Safety, etc. will be considered for sponsorship on a one-time basis, provided other existing program eligibility criteria are met
  • Therefore, if a client is employed, and has received prior funding for industry training, subsequent renewal costs should become the responsibility of that individual (or his or her employer, where applicable).
  • Unemployed applicants who are requesting funding for industry training renewal must provide evidence that they are not currently connected to the labour market, and they must also provide satisfactory rationale regarding the reason(s) why they were not sufficiently employable with the industry certification they had already obtained. There may be additional regional criteria and/or restrictions concerning funding for repeat Industry Training (e.g. Regional labour market situations, client economic hardship, etc.).
  • Apprenticeship interventions are eligible (pre-apprentice (technical), technical, trades, or vocational training), and may involve partnerships with government, businesses/employers and/or unions. Such programs must be reviewed annually for the length of the apprenticeship (clients must re-apply for each year of the apprenticeship).
  • Federal or provincial Aboriginal-funded programs may be considered for course funding fees on an individual basis, depending on regional labour market issues and defined targets.
  • On-line training may be considered. Applicant will be required to provide rationale to support that the training is recognized by industry and will prepare them for the labour market. MNO regional office staff and applicant will explore methods to evaluate and monitor the training.

Training Providers

  • Ontario private post-secondary training institutions are eligible provided they are accredited institutions.
  • Delivery agents recognized by industry (e.g. RCMP Summer Student Program, Foodsafe - Basic and Advanced, self-employment business plan consultants etc.) are eligible.
  • Non-profit societies, business, unions may be eligible under each program's specific criteria.
  • Distance Education/Correspondence may be considered for funding on an annual basis, provided they demonstrate access to a classroom, tutor, or on-site instructor, and must have the ability to be completed in a reasonable timeframe
  • Out-of-Province/Country Training Institutions may be considered based on the following:

Completion of a thorough search within the province for similar training, and if such similar training exists, alternate choices outside the province will not be funded.

Demonstrated link to employment (the onus to research this aspect is on the applicant).

Credibility of the training institution (the onus to produce evidence of credibility is on the applicant).

If an applicant requests training either outside the province or outside the country, the applicant's file must be reviewed on a case by case basis. It is recognized that some training may be specialized and not available in Canada, but it may meet a confirmed labour market need.

Back to Employment and Training Programs page