The Life Skills Program is a community lead Pilot Project that has been funded by the Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF) under the Indigenous stream of funding. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is administering the fund on behalf of the Ontario Government and Kenora Chiefs Advisory will be implementing the program.


The program supports community-driven projects that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. With this program Kenora Chiefs Advisory will support and evaluate their poverty reduction initiatives, create partnerships and build a body of evidence of programs that work for our community members who are living in poverty. Ontario aims to harness innovative ideas from local, community-based approaches and establish new ways of tackling poverty, rooted in evidence. For further information refer to


The Life Skills Program will address the issue of homelessness and poverty by equipping the clients with employment readiness skills and support services.

The program will žprepare clients who are transitioning to employment, education or training receive the necessary assessments for job readiness, obtain the soft skills, job coaching and supports. žThe program will be using the Employment Readiness Scale (ERS) to collect baseline data.

The target group includes persons who are in receipt of Ontario Works, persons who are in receipt of ODSP, persons with disabilities, young adults who are in protective care and transitioning from care to being on their own and parents working to get their children back and any persons who required additional supports to become job ready.


Delivery methods will include community based classroom instruction, independent studies, computer-assisted/internet programs and /or one-to-one programming.


Member First Nations and Organizations


Advisory Committee

One Representative from each member First Nation

One Representative from each participating organization

Third Party Evaluator – Dr. Dorothy Riddle,CMC


Life Skills Team

The current Life Skills Team provides workshops and seminars to suit your community interests. If you are interested in applying to the Life Skills program or have questions feel free to contact the Life Skills Team Members.


The Life Skills Program Eligibility

The Intake form is to be used by our partners and member communities.

At this time referrals  we can only accept referrals from our member communities.


Please use this form to refer participants to the program.

Life Skills- Referral Form


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