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Our Story

We are building a Canada where Indigenous and underserved job seekers have the same employment opportunities as all other Canadians.

Our Children’s Medicine (OCM) is a social enterprise created in 2014 with the mandate of connecting Indigenous and underserved job seekers with sustainable employment. In 2017, OCM began a partnership with HigherMe, tech startup changing the way businesses hire entry-level employees. 

A Canadian youth unemployment rate of 16% and an Indigenous youth unemployment rate of 24% show the current recruitment model does not work. OCM realizes that businesses express a desire to engage with Indigenous and underserved communities but are unsure how. OCM strives to close the gap between such businesses and the many youth who want to apply for entry-level positions but face significant barriers.

Barriers to employment include:

  • Little or no previous work experience
  • An incomplete high school education
  • Limited self confidence
  • No fixed address
  • Limited access to desktop internet
  • ‘Application anxiety’ caused by complicated application software
  • Identifying value in lived and cultural experiences and expertise

The traditional hiring process does not take into consideration the systemic barriers that lead to job seekers self-selecting out of the application process.