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Urban services

Urban services

What are urban services?

Urban Labour Market Services for First Nations, under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program (ASEP).

It was implemented by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

“…Supporting urban Aboriginal people…”

Within the framework of this agreement, the objectives of the Urban and Unaffiliated Aboriginal Labour Market Strategy are as follows.

To support urban and unaffiliated Aboriginal people in furthering their training and developing their employment skills by assisting them in finding work and holding long-term jobs. This objective will take their needs into account, with the ultimate aim of closing the gaps in employment status, remuneration and skills between urban Aboriginal people living in unaffiliated communities and non-Aboriginal people;

Qui nous sommes

Optimize the capacity of unaffiliated urban Aboriginal service delivery organizations and structures to provide professional services related to training and employment.

The ASEF agreement provides funding to First Nations organizations to help finance the costs they incur in delivering programs, services and other activities aimed at increasing the participation of the Aboriginal people they serve in the Canadian labour market.

Under the ASEF agreement, recipient organizations are required to implement programs, services and other activities within the framework of long-term strategic planning aimed at aligning the services offered with the needs of Aboriginal clients and the skills required by employers.

The Mission of Urban Strategy

The mission of the Urban Strategy is to offer employment and training services and programs to Aboriginal people living in urban areas – Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis – to help and support them in their integration into the job market.

The Urban Strategy Vision

The vision of the Urban Strategy is to develop and promote human resources in order to raise the standard of living of urban Aboriginal people. By focusing the development of Aboriginal human resources on labour market demand, customer needs and service quality, we are responding to the requirements of these different sectors.

To achieve the goal of integration or reintegration into the job market, we need to determine the customer’s real needs. Investing in the development of human resources remains the key to achieving continuity in adapting to the changing world of work. Urban service centers focus on the value of the workforce, and seek to share responsibility for training and job development with all possible partners in the community, thus following one of their fundamental principles.

Employability services 

Employability measures can help you gain work experience that will lead you to a permanent job.

Whether you plan to work in or outside your community, whether it’s your first’s job or not, know that many resources are available to accompany you on your path to success. 

Our Tools

We can help you keep your job by providing one-time financial assistance to buy tools, get a driver’s license, or pay for transportation or childcare. Job retention assistance measures.

Financial support

Financial assistance is available to help you obtain on-the-job training to qualify for long-term employment (targeted wage subsidy). Please feel free to put us in touch with a potential employer so that we can discuss the matter further.


A wage subsidy is available to help you gain work experience through personal and professional development (job creation partnerships). Please feel free to put us in touch with a potential employer so that we can discuss this further.

Help for the self-employed