The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) was established in 1995 to provide expert technical advisory services to the First Nations in Ontario. At the time, OFNTSC was the first Indigenous organization in Canada mandated to provide professional technical and advisory services to First Nations communities and foster technical self-reliance.
We also aim to create future capacity in First Nations by encouraging youth to pursue careers in science and technology. Our yearly Student Achievement Awards play a large part in achieving this goal. In 2020, we will be announcing three memorial awards and two student achievement awards for First Nations youth. In addition to this, OFNTSC attends career fairs to promote careers within tribal councils and First Nations.
The OFNTSC was established in February 1995 and mandated by Ontario First Nations Chiefs-In-Assembly to provide advisory level technical services to Ontario’s Tribal Councils, Large First Nations, and Unaffiliated First Nations in the areas of:
- Capital Project Planning and Development
- Quality Assurance
- Operations and Maintenance
- Fire Protection
- Architectural Support Services
- Housing Inspections
- Housing Program
Our underlying objectives are to foster greater First Nation autonomy in the acquisition of capital facilities and infrastructure development. We also promote the development of modern community health and safety practices.
In October 2018, we produced our new 2018 – 2023 Strategic Plan, which refined and reassessed our goals to frame them in a way that would produce a roadmap to help us get there. Below we’ve provided our updated Vision and Mission statements, along with the four main pillars of our current strategy for improving technical self-sufficiency for First Nations in Ontario.
2018-2023 Vision Statement
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation envisions self-sufficient and sustainable First Nations with the capacity to deliver self-reliant technical services for future generations. Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation will support First Nations in accomplishing this through the provision of needs-based, technical solutions.
2018-2023 Mission Statement
As per the organization’s original mandate, OFNTSC was created to:
a. To accept the transfer of certain technical services from federal agencies such as the Department of Indian Affairs and the Department of Public Works (or their successors) on behalf of First Nations in Ontario, to provide core technical services to Tribal Councils and First Nations in Ontario, and to assist existing technical service units at the First Nation and Tribal Council level.
b. To accept the transfer from the governments of Ontario and Canada of programs related to the technical service area, such as environmental management and fire control.
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation will influence impactful and measurable change, positioning and supporting First Nations to meet the contemporary and future challenges associated with their paths to self-reliance and self-sufficiency. We will strive to achieve our mission through the provision of technical services and professional advice to First Nations and through encouraging youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.
2018-2023 Strategic Plan
The OFNTSC will continue to fulfill their mandate and accomplish the newly updated organizational vision and mission through the development of a 5-year Strategic Plan focused on improving Organizational Sustainability, Mandated Core Services, Client Focus, and Community Development.
These priorities will serve as the foundation for the following Strategic Initiatives that form OFNTSC’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan:
- Organizational Review and Restructuring to Ensure Long-Term Sustainability
- Supporting Clients with Community Development by Becoming a Total Solution Provider
- Ensure Consistent Delivery of Mandated Core Services to Improve First Nations Standard of Living
- Improve Client Focus and Satisfaction