Income Assistance: Active Measures Pilot Projects (2009-2012)

The below information are examples of Active Measures projects supported by AANDC in recent years:

Atlantic Region – Income Assistance Innu Demonstration Project

In 2011-2012, a project was undertaken to help build a comprehensive income assistance service delivery infrastructure for the Innu First Nations in Labrador. The project focused on developing a team of qualified Aboriginal income assistance specialists that included Innu-Aimun speakers, who were trained to assist income assistance applicants with the application process. Income support case management software to support data collection and active measures implementation was also acquired as part of this initiative. A component of the project that entailed a partnership and collaborative work with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is continuing.

Project Duration: 1 year or less

AANDC Contribution: $108,000

Quebec Region – Listiguj Mi'gmaq General Education Development Project

In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, the Listiguj Mi'gmaq Government administered the General Education Development (GED) Preparation program to prepare and encourage participants, namely income assistance clients, to further their education and upgrade their skills in order to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. Personal development workshops were also delivered to encourage continuing education and to help participants acquire social and life skills such as career choice selection, budgeting, personality dimension and getting along in the work force. A total of 53 individuals participated in the program, with a significant number of participants passing all five exams. Some of the participants applied to college or university and all participants continued to develop a training plan outlining their path toward obtaining and maintaining meaningful employment in areas of their interest.

Project Duration: 2 years

AANDC Contribution: $110,000

Ontario Region – Chippewas of Nawash Intensive Training for Youth at Risk

In 2009-10, the Chippewas of Nawash ran intensive training and case management program for a significant number of youth in the community who were aged 30 and under. The objective of the program was to divert the youth from dependency on income assistance. All clients were assessed, regular meetings were held with a case worker, referrals were made and clients participated actively in the Ontario Works program. A significant number of clients were able to move from the program to full-time employment, part-time employment or education upgrading programs. The project also brought general increases in participant self-esteem and also increased a sense of belonging to the community.

Project Duration: 1 year or less

AANDC Contribution: $35,000+

Manitoba Region – Keewatin Tribal Council Partnerships for Coordinated Services Project

In 2011-12, the Keewatin Tribal Council administered the “Partnerships for Coordinated Services: Aligning Programs” project to support the implementation of active measures in First Nation communities, with an emphasis on youth. The project also supported front line workers in the use of case management, assessment and referral, through participation in community sessions. Overall, a total of 125 young income assistance clients from five First Nation communities participated in Stages of Change and Motivational Interview workshops, which constitute an active measure. Front line workers from communities were also able to learn more about the use of case management and active measures in their communities.

Project Duration: 1 year or less

AANDC Contribution: $150,000

Saskatchewan Region – Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Career Coach Project

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) unveiled two Mobile Career Assessment Units, known as “SIIT Career Coaches,” to provide career exploration, and identification of training and employment opportunities.

Each “SIIT Career Coach” is equipped with computers and office equipment. Coach career counselors are provided with living quarters as they travel across Saskatchewan meeting with First Nations people and attending community events to complete career assessments and discuss associated training opportunities. Some 3,200 career assessments have been completed in 60 communities.

Project Duration:3 years

AANDC Contribution:$2.08 million

Alberta Region – Montana First Nation Success Coach and Employment Liaison Coordinator Project

As part of the Change it Up Fast Track program, the Montana First Nation engaged a success coach and employment liaison coordinator to support income assistance clients in addressing barriers to employment, as well as to connect participants with needed services and support. The coach liaised with local employment centres to support access to services, and also worked with employers to help match income assistance clients to potential work opportunities. Subsequently, a number of program participants were able to obtain and maintain employment, and thus no longer required income support.

Project Duration: 1 year or less

AANDC Contribution: $70,000

British Columbia Region – Sto:Lo Nation Development of Integrated Case Management

In the 2009-10 fiscal year, the Sto:Lo Nation in British Columbia developed a comprehensive intake, assessment and referral process at the Yellow Cedar Learning Centre, so as to provide accurate and action planning for multi-barriered income assistance clients. This initiative was accompanied by the development of a software module to support further integrated case management of income assistance clients receiving services through the Yellow Cedar Learning Centre and Sto:Lo Nation Health Support Services. Overall, the project yielded success in supporting integrated service delivery and it also allowed for better assessment or tracking of income assistance clients.

Project Duration: 1 year or less

AANDC Contribution: $139,000+