Metis-Run Employment Programs Effective: Report

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 15:18



A new study shows federal Aboriginal work programs have produced positive results in Metis communities — just as these programs are due to expire next year.


The report was released by the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards. It concludes that the Metis Human Resources Development Agreements result in annual fiscal savings of $8.5-million to the federal government and the five provincial governments covered by the program.


The report is the first independent assessment of the economic implications of ceding control of employment and training programs to local Aboriginal organizations.


The study’s author says that while many claim devolution of program delivery doesn’t work, this is an example of the model working well.


The government is currently evaluating the program, ahead of its possible extension or revision on March 31, 2010.