The current Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) operations and maintenance (O&M) policy and funding allocation framework and is significantly flawed. The discrepancy between actual O&M costs First Nations experience and ISC contributions (which are based on project costs rather than life-cycle costs), in addition to the lack of a structured asset management policy, leads to higher costs and prevents First Nations infrastructure and community assets from achieving their full life cycles.
Environmental management on First Nation’s reserves, as in other jurisdictions across the country deals with a number of issues related to how lands and waters are managed to ensure the protection of the local environment and healthy living conditions for people and wildlife.
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) provides emergency planning support and training to develop capacity within First Nations to prepare for emergency events.
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) provides training and equipment to on-reserve Ontario First Nations to assist in the management of their fuel systems.
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) Fire Safety service has been in place since 1995 and was created to address fire safety deficiencies that many First Nations homes and buildings experience.
Access to clean, healthy drinking water and sanitation services is integral for building healthy communities.
ACRS is the primary inspection tool used by ISC to monitor First Nations O&M performance objectives and provides a process that identifies asset deficiencies levels.
The report has been provided based on feedback from a presentation to the Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation Board of Directors completed December 12, 2018. Based on feedback from that presentation, this summary has been provided.
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is mandated to work with First Nation housing departments to develop capacity and policies to assist First Nations with the delivery of housing services for on-reserve residents.