September 2016


Canada-Ontario Job Grant Training Project Creates Employment Opportunities for First Nations' Participants

Taranis Contracting carries out a wide range of construction and land development projects throughout the region.  To help fulfill their commitment to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the population in the areas where they operate, Taranis approached YES Employment Services with a unique training request.  After a series of meetings and talks with YES, the Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation and the Red Rock Indian Band, Taranis developed and submitted a training application for the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. 

Taranis encourages the hiring of Aboriginal employees and sub-contractors on its projects, and Heavy Equipment Operators are key in these operations.   The training request submitted by Taranis was to select 10 Aboriginal trainees and provide them with 5 weeks of heavy equipment training.  Five trainees would be selected from Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation, and five trainees would be selected from the Red Rock Indian Band.   In compliance with the requirements of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, Taranis Contracting agreed to hire the participants upon successful completion of their training.

To accommodate the individuals taking the training, Taranis Contracting and the participants’ communities arranged to have the classroom portion of the training and the practical Heavy Equipment training to be delivered in the trainees’ home communities.    The company and communities recognized that sending participants away from home for a number of weeks might leave them feeling isolated without the support of their family and their community.   

Taranis Training, (a private trainer in compliance with the PCC act) developed a 5-week training program that met the criteria encouraged by all parties.  The total cost of the training was $160,000 for ten participants.  Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, the government was able to provide a total of $100,000 towards the cost of the training.  The remainder of the cost was covered by Taranis Contracting.  The training took place in the Red Rock Indian Band and Rocky Bay communities and all ten participants successfully completed the training and were offered employment by Taranis Contracting.

The new hires started on several projects including crushing aggregate in Trout Lake and culvert restoration in Pigeon River.  Six of the ten participants remain employed at Taranis Contracting on these and other projects in the region.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant is a cost-shared grant that provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.  The Job Grant provides up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.  Employers contribute one-third of the total costs with additional flexibility for small businesses (50 or fewer employees) to provide an in-kind contribution towards their share of the costs.

When applying for training through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, there are some criteria that must be met. Training must not exceed one year in duration and must be provided by one of the following:

  • Colleges of applied arts and technology
  • Publicly-assisted universities
  • School boards
  • Private trainers operating in compliance with the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
  • Union-based training centres
  • Product vendors.

If you have a training opportunity for your employees and could use assistance with your training costs, contact our Job Development team to discuss the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.  

Canada-Ontario Job Grant Employer Forum


YES hosted a Canada-Ontario Job Grant Employer forum in partnership with Northwest Employment Works and Confederation College on September 14th.   The luncheon was well attended and resulted in some great discussion around cost-shared employee training.  We will be holding these information sessions quarterly.  For more information, please contact the YES Job Development Team.

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate 35 amazing years of serving our community. Dignitaries, community partners, and YES board members, leadership team and staff came together on the evening of September 27th to share the stories and successes that have shaped YES over the last 35 years.The highlight was a panel discussion that took us from our humble beginnings right through to the YES of 2016. Check out our Facebook post for more photos.  Here's to another successful 35 years!


It’s always a pleasure to support Linda Bruins and the Evergreen, a United Neighbourhood team!  One of our favourite fall events took place September 14th at Minnesota Park with inflatables, the creation of a cardboard village, ice cream, a barbeque, even a petting zoo.  As always, the event brought the neighbourhood together and connected them with community health and service information.


Maadaadizi Post-Secondary Student Orientation

It was a windy day, but spirits were high at the Marina during the Maadaadizi post-secondary student orientation on September 10th.  Grace Dove of "The Revenant" was the event’s inspirational Keynote Speaker and the day also included musical performances by Nick Sherman and Bobby Narcisse (Elvis Impersonator).  Representatives from Lakehead University, Confederation College and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win welcomed new students to Thunder Bay, and community organizations were on hand to provide information about their services.


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