The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer a fully funded eight-month training program with an eight-week work placement in pre-trades for the energy industry to Ontario Self-Identified Métis, First Nation, and Inuit individuals which includes MNO citizens and First Nation Band members. This Program is designed to allow participants to pursue training in the trades toward occupations that are in demand within the Energy sector in Ontario. The goal of this Program is to increase the Indigenous Labour market and get more Indigenous women into the trades. Click here to view or download the Program poster

Training includes trades based programming that aligns with the demands of the Ontario Energy sector. This includes Pre-Apprenticeship and technique trades program training at the post-secondary level, electrical techniques, welding techniques, and industrial maintenance training. The Program also offers Industry specific training through recognized trades school or an industry training provide such as Heavy Equipment Operation Certification, AZ and DZ Certification, and Apprenticeship opportunities.

The Program also offers career counselling, job search supports, resume and cover letter writing support, and potential wage subsidies towards employment. Eligible expenses include tuition, books, equipment, industry specific support, protective equipment, and travel and living allowances. Following the in-class training participants will proceed to paid work placements with partners in the energy industry. Work placements will provide vital experience that will allow participants to continue on in the skilled trades and/or other employment.

The next session will start in September of 2021.

CONTACT: To take part in the Program or to find out more information please contact the MNO’s Project Coordinator Lisa Bellisle by email at or by phone at 1-705 527-1228 Ext. 215.

Updated: April 13, 2021