The OFNTSC envisions self-sufficient and sustainable First Nations with the capacity to deliver self-reliant technical services for future generations. The OFNTSC will support First Nations in accomplishing this through the provision of needs based, technical solutions.
The OFNTSC 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.
The OFNTSC was established in February of 1995. 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:
- Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP)
- Energy and Climate Change
- Fuel Systems
- Emergency Planning
- Operations and Maintenance
- Water and Wastewater
- Water and Wastewater Specialist Service
The Corporation’s underlying objectives are to foster greater First Nation autonomy in the acquisition of capital facilities and infrastructure development. The Corporation also promotes the development of modern community health and safety practices.
The OFNTSC is responsible to report to Chiefs-in-Assembly (Annual Report) once a year, and report’s to tribal council technical service units (Board Members), Large First Nations (Board Members), and Unaffiliated First Nations (Board Members) three times a year.
BENEFITS OF USING THE OFNTSC’s SERVICES
- Services are delivered free of charge to Ontario First Nations and tribal councils (some costs associated with training and events)
- Qualified technical professionals providing services
- Improved reporting mechanisms for Indigenous Services Canada
- Quality assurance of community infrastructure
- Provides fair, objective, and timely advice
- Culturally sensitive interactions with First Nations and citizens
- OFNTSC works to make your community safe, developed and operating at peak efficiency
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE OFNTSC’S STRATEGIC PLAN 2018-2023
The OFNTSC has recently undergone a strategic planning process to revise its services and operations. From that process the OFNTSC has highlighted four strategic priorities it will be focusing on in the next five years. Those priorities are:
- Organizational Stability: organizational review and restructuring to ensure long-term sustainability
- Mandated Core Services: supporting First Nations and tribal councils with community development by becoming a total solution provider
- Community Development: ensure consistent delivery of mandated core services to improve standard of living for First Nations
- Client Focus: improve client focus and satisfaction
If you have any questions in regards to the services offered by the OFNTSC, we invite you to make contact with one of our service centres. Please contact the Service Centre geographically located closest to you.
Toll Free: 1-888-892-8281