Inuit PathwaysPromoting new skills
Developing a skilled and experienced workforce, as well as opportunities for small businesses, is an important part of any government’s commitment to its people, and our Inuit Pathways program is designed with such things in mind.
The Department of Education and Economic Development administers the Inuit Pathways program. Inuit Pathways was created through an agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to implement the federal government’s Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) in Nunatsiavut. The program supports labour market training and business development for Labrador Inuit.
Inuit Pathways is available to all Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement who are Canadian citizens.
This program funds training and attainment of employability skills by supporting clients in pre-employment programs including trades-related training; apprenticeships; short-term programs (within one year); upgrading; and certification programs. Costs covered include tuition, books, travel, living allowance, and tutoring.
Skills Development Application
Skills Development Guide
Self-Employment Benefits (SEB)
Entrepreneurs can apply to Inuit Pathways for a pre-determined benefit to provide a salary during the first year of a business start-up. This allows the client to develop and manage their business for the critical first year without having to rely on the new business for income.
Job Creation Partnerships (JCP)
JCP funds short-term projects that provide both community enhancement and work experience for clients.
Programs for Persons with Disabilities
These funds are used to assist persons with disabilities to obtain and retain employment.
Youth funds are administered through the Department of Culture, Language and Tourism. The division of Youth, Elders and Recreation is the point of contact for applications. In order to access youth funds, projects must fit in one of three criteria categories: Skills Link, Career Focus, or Summer Work Experience. Projects may address group-based or individual skills enhancement.
Skills Development Program Guide
Work Experience Program
The objective of the Work Experience Program is to provide organizations/employees with funding to hire unemployed individuals. This is an opportunity for these individuals to obtain valuable work experience in their desired occupations and/or exposure to the work environment to enhance career development. This will result in an increase in their economic participation and independence.
Application Process and Deadlines
The Inuit Pathways deadline is March 1, but applications for courses or programs of one week to a few months in length may be considered throughout the year.
Applications are available at Nunatsiavut Government offices as well as at Inuit Pathways.
For more information about Inuit Pathways, contact:
P.O. Box 116
Makkovik, NL A0P 1J0
Fax: (709) 923-2347