Technical Services

Our Mandate:

To provide technical support and advisory services to the member First Nations in the areas of capital asset and community infrastructure planning; operation and maintenance of community capital assets; and housing. The Technical Services Unit will strive to meet the expectations of the member First Nations, which include building capacity and promoting technical self-reliance through the transfer of skills and technology.

Priorities:

  • Network meetings in the areas of Housing, Public Works, Water/Infrastructure, Fire.
  • Capacity building – each First Nation express a variety of needs for training and Technical Services coordinate as per request.
  • Addressing government implementation of programs and services. Keeping communities informed of changes in legislation and/or regulations.
  • Inspection services for CMHC
  • Continued networking with government partners, CMHC, AANDC, Health Canada, OBOA, OFNTSC.
  • Continued working with First Nations in any way we may be of service.

Services:

The Technical Services Unit provide assistance with the First Nations Public Works, Water, Housing and Fire Departments.

The Technical Service team meet with the Housing departments regularly to conduct housing inspections for CMHC Section 95 projects. The Infrastructure Specialists (inspectors) conduct Building Code, PCR, conditional assessments for the member First Nations.

In addition network meetings are coordinated to address housing issues met in our communities, as well as assist with capacity development for the workers.

Work conducted with the Water departments are around the legislation for Safe Drinking Water for First Nations. In addition we coordinate the First Nation Water Operator Training Subsidy for Water Plant Operators. We are responsible for reporting to AANDC on the training subsidy. We are now coordinating training for each operator with a small portion of the subsidy to ensure it is all used up.

The areas of Public Works and Fire are met with coordinated meetings similar to Housing to address like-minded issues and concerns with their various disciplines.

Training/Conferences:

This page will hold links for future training in the areas of Public Works, Water, Housing and Fire.

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation http://ofntscconference.com/

14th Annual First Nations Northern Housing Conference http://www.northernhousingconference.com/

Walkerton Clean Water Centre http://www.wcwc.ca/en/

Resources:

Health Canada

Sudbury Health Centre: 40 Elm Street, Suite 282, Sudbury, ON P3C 1S8

Contact: Ray Alatalo, EHO T. 705-671-0608 F. 705-671-4112

Sault Health Canada – F.N.I.H: 22 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A 5K9

Contact: Lisa Vincent, EHO T. 705-941-4646 F. 705-941-4648

CMHC

100 Sheppard Ave., Suite 300, Toronto, ON M2N 6Z1 http://cmhc.ca/en/ab/index.cfm

AANDC https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

OFNTSC – Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

100 Peter Street, Suite 606, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1

T. 416-651-1443 F. 416-651-1673 www.ofntsc.org

Other Resources:

HRAI http://www.hrai.ca/skilltech.html

OGRA http://www.ogra.org

OBOA http://www.oboa.on.ca