Building Futures for Indigenous Youth

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Program Overview

Building Futures With Indigenous YouthNPAAMB 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 Highlights

  • Receive on-the-job work training assisting in a Habitat for Humanity build in the Niagara area
  • Earn valuable work experience in the hands-on placements at Habitat ReStore in Niagara
  • Earn while you learn! Participants are eligible to receive up to $300 per week while enrolled in the program.

calendar icon Upcoming Program Dates*

  • June 4, 2019 – September 27, 2019
  • October 15, 2019 – February 14, 2020
  • March 10, 2020 – July 3, 2020
  • July 21, 2020 – November 13, 2020
  • November 30, 2020 – March 26, 2021

*Subject to change


  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.

Program Partners

This program is proudly sponsored by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) – Skills and Partnership Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • YMCA of Niagara

Program Details

Deadline to Apply May 10, 2019
Starts June 4, 2019
Ends September 27, 2019
Duration 25-weeks
Cost 100% of funding covered by NPAAMB
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.

Class Site

St. Catharines NPAAMB office, 285 Bunting Road, St. Catharines, ON

Work Site

Niagara Region

How to Apply

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

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