Program Objective

To provide on-the-job skills training to create pathways to careers in building and construction trades.


NPAAMB has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Niagara as well as the YMCA of Niagara to provide a 25-week training program for urban Aboriginal youth in home construction. The Building Futures Program integrates 17-weeks of classroom based instruction and on-the-job skills development training, providing students with the experience and knowledge needed to create pathways to careers in building and construction trades.

During the on-site training, participants will be helping build a home from excavation to finish. During the in-class portion of the program, the participants will learn essential life skills, cultural connections, building trades theory, essential skills in math and English, as well as action planning. Opportunities to gain work experience will occur with Habitat ReStore placements as well as the 8-week work placement in their community. Each participant will have the opportunity to take what they have learned in the program and apply it to build a safe and affordable Habitat Home for local Niagara families.

Program Supports

  • Accommodations (for out-of-town clients only)
  • Transportation (based on NPAAMB policy and individual assessment)
  • Bus pass (for local travel)
  • Physical protection/personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Worksite transportation
  • 3-month YMCA membership
  • Weekly training allowance (will not exceed $300/week)
  • Additional NPAAMB supports available, will be reviewed on an individual basis.

*Please note that any or all program supports will require a T4A to be issued by NPAAMB to the participants for income tax declaration purposes as required by the Canada Revenue Agency. Additional training supports are based on individual need and assessment completion by regional Youth Service Officers.

Program Cost

100% of funding covered by NPAAMB

Am I Eligible?

  1. To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be:
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).
    4. 18 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection.
    5. A desire to learn, participate, and accomplish personal career goals.
  2. Senior level high school or equivalent.
  3. Must be willing to participate in academic upgrading prior to and during program.
  4. Must be willing to accept 8-week work placement locally or outside city of residence.
  5. Must be willing to relocate for employment after completion of the program.
  6. Commitment to full attendance.

How to Register

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer to be included in our ongoing inventory of applicants.

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