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Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Trainingwas created in 1991 to meet the unique training and employment needs of aboriginal peoples. Miziwe Biik provides the Greater Toronto Area’s Aboriginal community with training initiatives and employment services.

Formerly known as the The Greater Toronto Aboriginal Management Board (G.T.A.M.B), the name MIZIWE BIIK was given to us by Elder Jim Windigo. Our new name is associated with the female water spirit, and means water which flows all around us.

OUR PROJECTS

Targeted Wage Subsidy

The objective of this program is to encourage employers to hire employees and to provide on the job as well as off the job training that will lead to employment.

Eligible coordinators can be businesses, organizations, public health and education institutions, municipal governments and native band councils. Eligible participants can be unemployed individuals facing employment disadvantages.  The duration of this project may last up to 52 weeks.

Job Creation Partnership

The objective of this program is to provide opportunities for unemployed workers to maintain and develop skills in order to re-enter the labour market.

Eligible coordinators can be businesses, organizations, public health and educational institutions, municipal and provincial governments and native band councils. Eligible participants can be unemployed workers. The duration of the project may last up to 52 weeks.

Employment Assistance

The objective of this assistance program is to help local community organizations to provide employment services to unemployed persons. Eligible coordinators can be businesses, organizations, public health and educational institutions, municipal governments and native band councils. The duration of the contracts may last up to 12 weeks.

Financial Assistance

  • wages for administrative staff to prevailing wage rate
  • contribution towards employers share of mandatory employment related costs such as C.P.P., E.I., etc…
  • negotiated necessary overhead costs
  • negotiated special costs such as disabled participation, necessary capital costs or leasing to a maximum of $10,000.
  • income support for participants:
    • employment insurance during intervention
    • living allowance at 100% of E.I. rate for E.I. exhaustees
    • living allowance as per schedule A for E.I. reach back clients
    • transportation costs: negotiated actual costs, mileage allowance of $0.10 per km over 26 km one way
    • child care costs: actual costs for registered day care, child care rate for non registered day care as per schedule B
    • negotiated one time client support to a maximum of $250.00 (for clients not in receipt of income)

Labour Market Partnership

The objective of this partnership is to encourage communities to take responsibility for their own employment and training related needs by building on the capacities and strengths of organization and relationships that already exist in the community.

Other objectives of this project include:

  • enhancing community networking
  • enhancing decision making
  • reducing or eliminating duplication and overlapping
  • better utilizing (financial/human) resources
  • increasing available local labourmarket information

Aboriginal Self-Employment

  • The objective of this program is to assist unemployed person to become self-employed by starting a viable business.
  • Eligible participants include unemployed individuals wishing to start their own business.
  • The duration of the project may last up to 12 weeks.

Advancement Opportunity

Objective – Unemployed: this program combines employment, through a wage subsidy, and a training opportunity for an unemployed individual who would like to advance themselves and enhance their skills in their present occupation. Eligible individuals who are unemployed and who have an established field of work and have no opportunity for advancement/employment without additional training and related experience.

Objective – Employed: this program is most suitable for someone who would consider themselves “underemployed” in their field and would advance themselves through training and additional experience while on the job. Eligible individuals are those who are employed (full or part time) but consider themselves “underemployed” and who would like to advance themselves.

Eligible Employers: Businesses, educational institutions, health facilities, community-based organizations, band councils.

Duration:To be negotiated.

Requirements for the Program: There is a requirement that the participant has a written assessment by an Employment Counselor. There is a requirement that the Employer provide a training/work plan that is assessed by the project officer prior to entering the contract. The employer is required to hire the participant upon satisfactory completion of the contract. There must also be an opportunity to replace any employee, who has advanced to a higher position, with an unemployed/underemployed Aboriginal person.

Eligible Financial Contributions:

  • Non profit organizations can receive up to 100% of the prevailing wage rate and MERC
  • For profit organizations will have a negotiated wage rate up to 75% of the wage rate and MERC
  • Negotiated course costs
  • Negotiated employment supports such as child care, transportation
  • Negotiated one time participant support to a maximum of $250
  • Negotiated special costs for access for alter-abled participants

Mobility Assistance

The objective of this program is to assist individuals with jobs that are available in other localities.

Eligible participants can be mobile individuals who are unemployed or about to become unemployed and who have a few or no possibilities of employment locally.

Youth Work Experience

Objective: this employment and training measure is designed to benefit Aboriginal youth (18-30) by providing high quality work experience within the private sector.

Eligible Participants:Unemployed Aboriginal youth between the ages of 18-30 that have not successfully been able to find employment in their chosen career or educational paths. Participants must not be in school or returning to school.

Eligible Employers:Private sector employers, public sector, not for profit corporations, municipal governments and native band councils.

Duration: To be negotiated up to 16 weeks, however, the assistance can evolve to a Target Wage Subsidy.

Requirements for the Measure: The client must have an assessment and written recommendation by an Employment Counsellor. The employer will provide a work/training plan that will be assessed by the LDM prior to entering an agreement.

Eligible Financial Contributions:

  • Wages to be negotiated.
  • Negotiated employment supports i.e.: transportation, child care
  • Negotiated one time client support to the maximum of $250 for special clothing or safety equipment
  • Negotiated special costs for access for alter-abled clients

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167 Gerrard St East, Toronto, ON, M5A 2E4

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We provide GTA's Aboriginal community with training initiatives and employment services.

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