Promoting Economic Development

Infrastructure investments and training create economic growth and jobs for Indigenous peoples

Improving economic opportunities for Ontario’s Indigenous peoples is key to their future prosperity. When Indigenous peoples have the opportunity to participate in the workforce and the economy, all of Ontario prospers.

In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, the Ontario Liberal government created the Indigenous Economic Development Fund and the Métis Voyageur Development Fund, which have provided financing, jobs and training.

We have enhanced access to postsecondary education for Indigenous peoples, through Indigenous Institutes and by making tuition free for low- to middle-income families. Our transformation of student assistance increased funding for 7,800 Indigenous students between 2016-17 and 2017-18 — an increase of 34 per cent.

We have supported the connection of 22 remote First Nation communities to the electricity transmission grid, creating economic growth and jobs. When completed, Wataynikaneyap Power Grid Connection Project will be the largest Indigenous-led and owned infrastructure project in Ontario history, connecting 16 remote Northern First Nations communities to the electricity grid. We have also resolved 24 land claim settlements, addressing historic injustices and renewing our treaty relationship.

But we need to do more. Indigenous peoples deserve to share equally in Ontario’s economic prosperity.

That’s why the Ontario Liberals will work with Indigenous partners to enhance access to education and training, boost economic growth and jobs and invest in infrastructure. Our plan:

  • Invests $30 million over two years to expand and enhance the SkillsAdvance Ontario program, which provides training for Indigenous peoples and other underrepresented groups
  • Supports an expanded and stronger role for Indigenous Institutes
  • As part of our $1 billion commitment, will build a year-round access road to the Ring of Fire, working with First Nations communities
  • Continues to work with First Nation and Métis partners on sharing the benefits of resource development
  • Will continue to work with Canada and First Nations to resolve land claims

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