UPDATED: FN PIEVC Infrastructure and Resilience and Asset Management Training Workshop announced

In partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, Stantec, RSI & Engineers Canada,  and the OFNTSC have developed a First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit. This Toolkit uses industry recognized climate risk assessment principles to assess and fully document the vulnerability and impacts of First Nations infrastructure to current and future climate in a life-cycle asset management context.

The OFNTSC is holding a two and a half day workshop that will provide First Nations with a better understanding of infrastructure challenges in the face of extreme weather and future climate events. These workshops are open to First Nations’ infrastructure planners, managers and decision-makers wishing to gain a better understanding of the risks that current and future climate change impact’s First Nations infrastructure.

This workshop will demonstrate the climate risks assessment steps of the Toolkit through hands-on, small group exercises and will show how to define an infrastructure inventory & components, identify climate parameters and undertake a risk assessment using real life case study applications. Participants will also learn about asset management principles, and how climate risks can be incorporated in the life-cycle analysis of infrastructure. All copies of presentations, resource material and toolkit will be provided free of charge to all First Nation delegates.

Workshop Objectives

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will have:

  • An understanding of asset management fundamental and principles,
  • An understanding of the impacts and complexities climate change has on community infrastructure,
  • Hands-on experience using a simple application to conduct climate change risk assessments,
  • Improved knowledge on how climate and climate change projection may impact community infrastructure,
  • Improved knowledge of climate change risk assessment processes and how they can be incorporated into Asset Management Plans

The OFNTSC will cover accommodations, travel and meals for one participant per First Nation/Tribal Council in Ontario. Participants are responsible to book their own rooms. Additional training sessions have been announced for communities to attend. Those dates are:

March 26-28, 2019:  London, ON 

March 26 – 28, 2019: Thunder Bay, ON – (EVENT TO BE RESCHEDULED)

April 23 -25, 2019: Sudbury, ON 

May 28-30, 2019: Timmins, ON 

June 18 – 20, 2019: Sault Ste. Marie, ON

July 16 -18, 2019: Kenora, ON

September 17-19, 2019: Sioux Lookout, ON

October 15 -17, 2019: Fort Frances, ON

If you’re interested in registering for this workshop, please fill out the registration form below.

For more information on the workshop please contact Elmer Lickers, Senior O&M Advisor at elickers@ofntsc.org or by phone at 416 651 1443 ext. 223. Space is limited for each session, so register early and reserve your space for the FN PIEVC Infrastructure Resilience and Asset Management Training Workshops.

This workshop was made possible by support from INAC – First Nations Adapt Program.

FN PIEVC/AM Workshop

  • Please provide the name of the community/Tribal Council/Organization that you currently work for.
  • Please provide any information related to food allergies.

 

Statement on the passing of OFNTSC Engineer Rob Olivier

UPDATE – March 6, 2019: The OFNTSC is providing an update on the passing of Rob Olivier. It was Rob’s wish to have a small, private funeral service for his immediate family only. In lieu of a public service and flowers, it was Rob’s final wish to have money sent to the OFNTSC to support First Nation educational attainment.  In that regard, the OFNTSC will be creating a Rob Olivier Memorial Scholarship Fund which will be used to support Ontario First Nation students. All wishing to make a donation to this worthwhile cause can e-transfer money to: finance@ofntsc.org or by mail (via cheque) to OFNTSC, 111 Peter St., Suite 606, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Colin French, Communications Officer, 416 651 1443 ext. 245.

Statement on the passing of OFNTSC Engineer Rob Olivier

February 27, 2019 – Niagara Falls, ON: It is with great sadness that the OFNTSC is announcing the passing of an Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation employee Rob Olivier, P.Eng.. Rob was a beloved friend, colleague and employee of the OFNTSC for many years. Rob’s work touched many communities and lives of the communities we serve, through the OFNTSC.

“On behalf of our Board and staff at the OFNTSC, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to the Olivier family and his spouse for the pain they are feeling. Rob was a respected engineer at the First Nation, Tribal Council and national level.  During his career Rob worked for the OFNTSC, Southern First Nations Secretariat, Public Works Canada/Indian Northern Affairs Canada and provided project management work in South Africa. As Executive Director of the OFNTSC my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.” said Melanie Debassige, Executive Director of the OFNTSC.

At this time the OFNTSC is requesting all that knew him, to please allow time for his family to grieve in private. Once details of his services are shared the OFNTSC, we will share those details with the communities and individuals he worked with. As a result of his passing the OFNTSC will be closing its offices tomorrow in remembrance of Rob. We will be re-opening on Friday.

Journey well to the spirit world our friend, and colleague.

 

Housing Training

UPDATE: This training session has been cancelled due to availability of accommodations in Dryden the week of Feb. 4-8, 2019. The OFNTSC will send out an notice when this training is available again.

The OFNTSC will be delivering housing training February 4-8, 2019 at the Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence. The training will be covering “House 2012” for individuals who require a refresher or update on code compliance for the Ontario Building Code. Cost to attend this training is $700 and the course will be instructed by Dave Zatulsky.  Those interested in attending this training are required to be complete the registration form attached to this post, and return it to Grace Martineau, OFNTSC Housing Advisor.  All costs related to fees, travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the participant.  Fees are payable to the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.

House 2012 – Course Description (Five days, 30 credits)

Prerequisite Required: None

This OBOA course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC) with respect to Houses (Vol. 1 Division B Part 9).
It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the OBC that apply to all Houses as defined in the OBC as
A detached house, semi-detached house, townhouse or row house:

1) containing not more than two dwelling units in each house

2) three or fewer storeys in building height

3) having a building area not exceeding 600 m2

4) used for major occupancies classified as Group C-residential occupancies.

This course is designed to make use of your previous understanding of the Ontario Building Code, training, education and on the job experience. While this course will emphasize the Ministry of Municipal Affairs exam syllabi for Houses, participants must have a basic understanding of the OBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams.This course will assist in learning how to find and apply applicable OBC requirements. Through the exercises contained herein, it will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.
This course should also assist participants in identifying those areas of the OBC where additional instruction and study may be required in order to be successful in challenging the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Examinations.

The areas covered in the instructor-led course are:
– Basics of Structural Design Requirements,
– Stairs, ramps, handrails and guards
– Fire Protection
– Sound Control
– Excavation
– Dampproofing, waterproofing and Soil Gas control
– Drainage
– Footings and foundations
– Attic and Roof Spaces
– ICF Walls
– Wood Frame Construction
– Heat transfer, air leakage and condensation control

Other House topics will be covered during assigned self-led instruction and practice each evening and will be reviewed in depth the following morning during the instructor-led session.

No qualifying examination is included with this course. Visit the Humber College’s website http://humber.ca/buildingcodeexams/ to schedule the applicable Examination, including payment of examination fees.

FN PIEVC Infrastructure and Resilience and Asset Management Training Workshop: Rama First Nation

As part of the OFNTSC’s ongoing efforts to assess infrastructure vulnerability and the mitigation of climate change risks, we are announcing an additional training session on the First Nations PIEVC Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit. This Toolkit uses industry recognized climate risk assessment principles to assess and fully document the vulnerability and impacts of First Nations infrastructure to current and future climate in a life-cycle asset management context.

OFNTSC will be holding a two and a half day workshop in Chippewas of Rama First Nation (Casino Rama – Wendat Room) that will provide First Nations with a better understanding of infrastructure challenges in the face of extreme weather and future climate events. Workshops will demonstrate the steps of the Toolkit through hands-on, small group exercises; how to define infrastructure inventory; identify climate issues; and, undertake a risk assessment & mitigation measures using real case studies.

These workshops are open to First Nations’ infrastructure planners, managers and decision-makers wishing to gain a better understanding how current and future climate change risks impacts First Nations infrastructure.

To view the FN PIEVC workshop details or to register for this event, please CLICK HERE.

 

Press Release: OFNTSC works to mitigate climate change on critical First Nations infrastructure

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) working together with Engineers Canada and Stantec have collaboratively developed a First Nations Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Toolkit. The First Nations PIEVC Toolkit aims to assist First Nations in identifying and developing mitigation measures for risks to infrastructure in First Nations.  Three First Nations in Ontario have tested the kit to ensure its viability for future use. Those three First Nations are Mohawks of Akwesasne, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Moose Cree First Nation. The toolkit was funded in part by the Government of Canada and Ontario.

The Toolkit provides First Nations with a tool that will allow the climate change risks assessed by First Nations, to be incorporated into asset management plans. Protection of critical infrastructure through comprehensive operations and maintenance plans allows for expanded maintenance, repairs, and the replacement of infrastructure after its life cycle is complete.

“The effects that Climate Change is having on the world are undeniable. For First Nations this means a fundamental shift in the way that infrastructure is maintained and operated to mitigate the risks of a changing climate” said Melanie Debassige, Executive Director of the OFNTSC.

Debassige continued “The OFNTSC’s Operations and Maintenance Service has worked tirelessly to assist First Nations with asset management plans to ensure critical infrastructure is maintained for future generations use. Addressing climate change are the next steps for First Nations, in the process of maintaining assets.”

As part of the OFNTSC’s continued commitment to First Nations, the OFNTSC’S Operations and Maintenance Service has been working with tribal councils and First Nations on understanding the effects of climate change. The Toolkit incorporates data from Indigenous Services Canada’s Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS) and Integrated Capital Management System (ICMS) databases to ensure the most recent data is available to First Nations when using the toolkit. The toolkit also accommodates for traditional and local knowledge in the data gathering process. To date two workshops have been delivered to First Nations and Tribal Councils with a third planned at the OFNTSC’s First Nation Water Symposium on May 15, 2018 in Niagara Falls.

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation was created in 1995 to provide technical advisory services to 133 First Nations, 16 Tribal Councils in Ontario. Areas of service include operations and maintenance, housing, water and wastewater treatment, infrastructure, emergency planning, environment, climate change and fire and safety. For more information on the OFNTSC, please visit www.ofntsc.org

For more information on this press release please contact Colin French, Communications Officer at 416 651 1443 ext. 256 or by email cfrench@ofntsc.org.

For more information on the toolkit please contact Elmer Lickers at 416 651 1443 ext. 223 or by email elickers@ofntsc.org

Training Dates and locations announced for Fuel Systems Management

The Ontario Frist Nations Technical Services Corporation has announcing training dates for Fuel Systems Management training. Registrations for these events will be open shortly.  Have a question in regards to this training? Call Glen Goodman, Civil Specialist at (807) 623 9595 or by email at ggoodman@ofntsc.org.

Want to register for one of these training sessions CLICK HERE!

Sandy Lake – April 12th

Keewaywin – May 9th

Attawapiskat – May 30th

Fort Severn – June 13th

Moose Cree – June 27th

North Spirit – July 11th

Kashechewan – July 25th

Bearskin Lake – August 15th

Fort Albany – August 29th

Big Trout Lake – September 12th

Deer Lake – September 26th

Cat Lake – October 17th

Kettle Point – October 31st

Hiawatha – November 14th

Serpent River – November 28th

Fort William – December 12th

Student Classic Golf Fundraiser May 14, 2018 in Niagara Falls

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is announcing the Student Classic Golf Fundraiser will be taking place May 14, 2018 at Thundering Waters in Niagara Falls, ON with a 1pm Shotgun Start. Cost to register for this great event is $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. We invite you to come out and show your support for First Nations students!

The Student Classic takes place each year to raise funds for Ontario First Nations students in science, engineering, technology and math studies. Funds raised from the tournament go directly towards the OFNTSC’s Student Achievement Awards. The OFNTSC provides four bursaries to Ontario First Nations students and one engineering bursary.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE STUDENT CLASSIC

This year’s tournament will be taking place the Monday before the OFNTSC’s First Nations Water Symposium.  Participants will receive a gift bag for registering for the tournament, which can be picked up the day of the tournament.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? See our attachment at the bottom of this page for sponsorship opportunities related to the Student Classic. Have a question about the Student Classic? Please contact Tom Northardt, Student Classic Coordinator at 416 651 443 ext.  245 or by email at tnorthardt@ofntsc.org

Attachments:

2018 Golf Sponsorship Package

Climate Change/ Asset Management Workshops Announced

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is announcing Climate Change and Asset Management Workshops for First Nations and Tribal Councils in Ontario.

Workshops will be taking place March 20-21 and March 27-28, 2018 and are open to First Nations Chief and Councils, administrators, infrastructure planners, public works managers, and Tribal Council representatives of Ontario First Nations.

Please register early as space is limited to (25) participants.

Participants are responsible for their own travel & accommodations. Please contact the hotel before February 29, 2018 to take advantage of discount group rates. Toronto Workshop – Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport (416) 798-5805 and Thunder Bay Workshop – TownPlace Suites by Marriott (807) 346-9000.

REGISTER NOW: March 20-21, 2018 – Toronto Workshop

REGISTER NOW: March 27-28, 2018 – Thunder Bay Workshop

In Partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR), and Engineers Canada, OFNTSC has developed a First Nation Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (FNPIEVC) / Asset Management Toolkit. This streamline and simplify toolkit uses standard risk assessment principles to assess and fully document the vulnerability and impacts of community infrastructure to current and future climate in a life cycle asset management context.

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will have:

  • Basic understanding of asset management fundamentals and principles
  • Improved knowledge on how climate and climate change projection impacts infrastructure
  • Improved knowledge of risk assessment processes and Asset Management plans
  • Hands-on experience using a simple application to conduct climate change risk assessments

Workshops will provide steps of the FNPIEVC/AM Toolkit through hands on, small group exercises and will show how to define an infrastructure inventory and components; identify climate parameters; and undertake a risk assessment and mitigation measures using real case study applications.

For more information on these workshops, please contact Elmer Lickers, Senior O&M Advisor at (416) 651 1443 at ext. 223 or by email at elickers@ofntsc.org.

Liquid Fuel Handling Code Upgrade Training

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is informing First Nation fuel handlers that there have been changes made to the Liquid Fuel Handling Code (LFHC) in Ontario.  The changes to the LFHC affect all who hold Petroleum Mechanic Helper (PMH, PM3, PM2, PM1) certificate holders or higher.

Any First Nation person who holds one of these certificates must take a one-day training workshop to update themselves on changes to the LFHC. Those who do not attend workshops will not be able to renew their respective certificates. The workshop must be attended prior to the expiry of the certificate; otherwise applicants will have to start over again from the beginning.

For a complete list of training opportunities available, please visit the Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s website here: LFHC TSSA TRAINING.

Environment Canada Workshops for Petroleum and Halocarbon Regulations

On January 24, 2018 Environment Canada’s Compliance Promotion Unit – Ontario Region will be conducting a workshop for an introduction to the requirements of the Storage Tank Systems Regulations.  Topics that will be covered during the workshop include: who is regulated, what storage tank systems are regulated; technical requirements such as product transfer areas; reporting and record keeping; and crititcal timelines. This workshop, which is one full day of training (9:00am – 4:00pm) covers all aspects of the regulations and is suitable for those without previous training in storage tank systems.

On January 25, 2018 a second workshop will be offered on Federal Halocarbon Regualtions – 2003. The workshop will provide a general understanding of the requirements of the Federal Halocarbon Regulations- 2003. Topics that will be discussed are: who is regualted, what halocarbons are regulated; what systems are regulated; required practices and procedures for installation and servicing; reporting and record keeping requirements.  This workshop, which is a half-day of training (9:00am to 1pm) covers all aspects of the regualtions and is suitable for those without previous training FHR 2003.

Both workshops will be taking place at the Environment Canada, 335 River Road South, Ottawa. Please note there is ample free parking available at this location.  There is no cost to attend this training, lunch and snacks will not be provided to participants.  For more information on this event or to register please contact: Lisa McClemens at 613 949 8278 or by email at lisa.mcclemens@canada.ca