Maamawi, minonakiiwin ga zhitoomin ji shkewziyaang wii Ogimaakangeying, nakeying enenjgewaat edbendaagzijig.

Promoting Self-Sufficiency Among Our Members
Serving our First Nation communities since 1990.

Provide direction, guidance and support to member First Nations Chiefs, Councils, staff and community members in community based business projects; Provide analysis of government (First Nation, federal and provincial) legislation, regulations and policies that affect OTC member First Nations.


Program Guidelines

· Training Purchases
· Wage Subsidies
· Summer Student Employment
· Workshops for Youth
· Employment Counselling
· Self Employment Assistance
· Referrals to other Employment or Education Programs
· Career Decision Making
· Labour Market Information
· Resume Writing
· Job Finding Skills
· Apprenticeship Support
· On-the-job Training



Otter Program

Ogemawahj Tribal Training & Economic Resources

  • To assist OTC First Nation members who are long term unemployed, eligible for EI or on social assistance with in-school training, on-the-job training, work experience or a combination of both
  • To provide skills enhancement opportunities for OTC First Nation members
  • To provide Summer Employment Experience to OTC First Nation Secondary and Post Secondary students that have just completed a full academic program and will be entering another full academic program

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Application Forms

Please complete, print and bring the following forms to your first appointment.

Client Eligibility

To qualify for an ISETS program, a person must:

  • Be a member of an OTC First Nation
  • Resident in Ontario
  • Be unemployed, on social assistance or EI
  • Consideration will be given to clients who are underemployed and/or clients whose employment is at risk due to changes in the labour market, insufficient employment skills or certification.

Training Eligibility

  • Training to provide employable and/or transferable skills
  • Applicant will have a high probability of achieving employment when these skills are acquired
  • Training should lead to the Applicant’s self-sufficiency and career aspirations
  • To be eligible for training allowances, there must be the ability to monitor attendance and progress by OTTER staff

Eligible Training

  • Adult Basic Education/Upgrading is eligible. Upgrading to meet post secondary entrance requirements may be considered.
  • Industry Training (i.e. renewable training/short term tickets) may be considered on a one-time basis, provided other eligibility requirements are met
  • Apprenticeships (client must re-apply for each year of the apprenticeship)

Eligible Training Providers

  • Recognized and accredited training delivered by private, post-secondary and industry institutions
  • Delivery agents recognized by industry
  • Non-profit organization, business or unions may be eligible under each program’s specific criteria

Program Overview

  • Organizational Requests to Train Community Members
  • Individual Client Requests for In-Class and/or On-The-Job Work Experience · Training
  • Job Creation Program
  • Targeted Wage Subsidy Program
  • Youth at Risk Program
  • Youth Development Program
  • Summer Career Placement Program

Process To Apply

  • All applicants must complete the OTTER intake and assessment process
  • Applicants must complete a Participant Information Form (PIF) and 
  • Consent Form
  • Funding depends on budget availability
  • OTTER has an appeals process in place

Eligible Costs

  • Tuition and Books/Supplies
  • Living Allowances
  • Travel/Parking
  • Wages/MERC
  • Disability related supports
  • Upgrading
  • Other costs may be considered depending on program requirements

Job Board

Internal Positions

There are no internal positions available at this time.

External Positions

Tim Hortons Retail Business Manager

Will oversee day to day operation of two outlets and will work with the Ownership group to increase profitability and expand into other areas of QSR (Quick Service Restaurant).... Read More

•  Continually assess and improve all aspects of business operations, day-to-day execution, cost controls, and building team bench strength. Direct area of responsibility will include the management of all operations, training, maintenance, and profitability.

•  Develop, train, coach and lead the operations team to exceed all targets through enhancing their performance and the guest experience. Proactively develop area and restaurant level managerial talent within the organization to minimize turnover to create an effective succession plan to enable successful restaurant growth.

•  Embrace and enhance the corporate franchisor identity and culture throughout the organization.

•  Collaborate with direct reports and the Ownership group to develop a comprehensive and provide the effective and inspiring operating leadership necessary to grow the organization.

•  Attain the financial objectives of the business through effective management of people, product, service and processes including a focus on the revenue and profit components.

•  Identify, develop and monitor strategic initiatives of the brand in the local marketplace and its major competitors.

Perform special projects as required.

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Department Contact

Vera Cochrane

Interim Employment & Training Officer

[email protected]
Office: 705-329-2511 ext. 202
Cell: 705-955-0449

Vera is a proud member of Curve Lake First Nation and currently works as Employment Officer for Ogemawahj Tribal Council since Sept 2015.  Knowledge and appreciation of Anishinabek culture, language and heritage.

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20 Yrs experience in Employment Counselling, the last ten under the ASET Program

Vera ‘s employment history includes:  OFIFC/Can Am Indian Friendship Centre of Windsor as Employment Counsellor- delivery of Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training programs, 10 yrs., 

Federal Government - Transport Canada clerical position 10 yrs., and Casino Rama Recruiter - Human Resources 10 yrs.

Collaboration, partnership development, group facilitation and public speaking, financial budgeting and reporting experience.

Graduate of Aboriginal Community Development Certification program from George Brown College.

Supporting OTC communities in our programs and service delivery provide a sense of pride as we continue to strive for continuous success in our people.   


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