Linkages Project

IT and Advanced Manufacturing - Southern Ontario

This project has now completed its final meeting called the ‘Workforce Connex’ which was held in Mississauga on March 6, 2019. We thank all of the attendees and speakers that came together from the Indigenous community, industry and education to share their expertise and ideas on collaboration to increase the participation and career development for Indigenous talent in these sectors.

We have posted here the final copies of the presentations from that event which also have links to some additional resources and reports.

For more information about this initiative, please contact us by email at or call us toll free at 1-866-711-5091

Advanced manufacturing includes the development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies that demonstrate a commitment to product, process, and technological innovation. Advanced manufacturers can be found across all manufacturing industries and sectors.

The objective of this Indigenous Engagement Project (The Project) is to encourage the engagement, coordination and alignment of Indigenous labour market services (ASETA’s), post secondary education, community employment resources, associations, and employers of the Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing sectors in Southern Ontario to increase the awareness and opportunities for education & employment of Indigenous peoples.  The Project is part of a larger initiative which includes focus on additional industries: British Columbia (Warehousing and Transportation Sector), Alberta (Hospitality and Food Services Sector) and Saskatchewan (Clean and Renewable Energy Sector).

Why get involved …

As an employer, industry association, labour-market board, or government agency:

  • Gain insights into how to build strategies to partner with organizations that can help you to recruit and hire Indigenous talent to fill your growing demand for workers;
  • Become engaged in building a strategy that will enhance your local labour market development in partnership with Indigenous organizations and communities to meet the demands for economic and employment demand;
  • Connect with educators and Indigenous organizations to introduce your scholarship and bursary programs, and get feedback on how to enhance these programs to increase Indigenous participation;
  • Become an employer, association and organization that is seen as stepping up to the call for Reconciliation in rebuilding a better relationship in Canada between Indigenous peoples with other Canadians … to download the full list of Recommendations from the Truth & Reconciliation Report  CLICK HERE .

Indigenous Works is addressing relationship building and responding to the growing need for stronger partnerships between Indigenous-owned enterprises and corporate Canada. This project is timely given calls by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Government of Canada to renew relationships and ensure that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities for the betterment of Canadian society and our economy.

To get involved, contact Trina Maher, Project Coordinator, by email at or click on this link to complete the form here:  

For more information on this project, please click on the following links:

Southern Ontario Indigenous Engagement Project Overview

Why This Project Matters

To access the April 26, 2018 Roundtable Overview, Agenda and Presentations, please click on the following links:

Roundtable Overview and Agenda

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