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Cessation of Emergency Management Preparedness Service offered by OFNTSC

For the past 12 years, the Emergency Management Preparedness service at OFNTSC has prepared First Nations in Ontario to meet the challenges of emergency situations through training, assistance with Master Emergency Response Plans, consultation, and more. The program supported First Nations by building technical capacity in emergency management preparedness and community infrastructure.

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​​​​​​​Construction to begin on new school in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is extremely pleased to announce the construction of a new elementary school (kindergarten to grade 8) in the community in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada. The new school facility has a floor area of 2,780 square meters (29,924 square feet) and is sized to accommodate a student population of 175. The construction of this new facility will relieve the overcrowding issue at the existing school and eliminate the need for portables.
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Career fair for First Nations youth focuses on cultural connections to STEM careers

On December 9, 2021, the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) will host a technical career fair for First Nations youth through its Technical Youth Career Outreach Project (TYCOP). The focus of the event will be to empower and inform Indigenous youth of the various technical STEM-related careers that exist while connecting these careers to traditional Indigenous knowledge and culture.
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Funding Opportunity Community Spaces

The CCRF aims to help communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so that they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CCRF’s purpose is to support not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities: build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets; bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease; and create jobs and stimulate local economies.
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Update on OFNTSC's Board Committees

As part of our ongoing commitment to remain accountable and transparent to our stakeholders, we provide an update on our recently established Board committees. To improve oversight of the organization, we have implemented modern board committees to ensure good governance, strong financial management and ongoing accountability to First Nations in Ontario.
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New First Nations youth mentorship program focuses on technical careers

The Technical Youth Career Outreach Project (TYCOP) is excited to announce the launch of a brand new mentorship program for First Nations youth in grades 7 - 12. The program is designed specifically to help students explore and pursue technical service careers (e.g. water/wastewater, solid waste, engineering, environment, etc.)
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OFNTSC announces new Board of Directors following governance reforms

BRANTFORD, ON (January 12, 2021) – On January 7, 2021, Voting Members of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) selected a new Board of Directors after undertaking extensive governance reform work. These governance reforms aim to ensure that OFNTSC is focused on delivering the vital technical and capacity building services that First Nations in Ontario need to become self-sustaining and to achieve living standards that are comparable to those enjoyed by Canadians at large.

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Mishkeegogamang First Nation lifts long-term boil water advisory with the help of OFNTSC’s HUB Program

MISHKEEGOGAMANG FIRST NATION, ON – Since the inception of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) HUB program on Sept 14, 2020, HUB technicians have had the pleasure of working with, and providing expert water treatment support to Mishkeegogamang First Nation. Through the process of local analysis/testing and operational support, Mishkeegogamang First Nation Chief David Masakeyash was able to make the decision to rescind the long-term boil water advisory.

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Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation begins pilot “HUB” Program

Thunder Bay, ON – The Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) sets its sights on reducing Water Advisories in twenty-two First Nations with a pilot “HUB” program. The main goal of the HUB Pilot project is to provide oversight and supervision to twenty-two (22) First Nations who currently do not have the resources and capacity for fulfilling HUB services. This project will enable First Nations' operators to ensure that their community's water and wastewater systems are operated and maintained to meet the Province of Ontario's Drinking Water Regulations.