The Department of Employment and Social Development Canada launched a Call for Proposals for the Sectoral Initiatives Program. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for projects that will help key sectors of the economy address labour market challenges and drive economic recovery.

The Sectoral Initiatives Program is a grants and contributions program that helps address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market intelligence, national occupational standards, skills certification and accreditation systems, and innovative workforce development approaches while also promoting the participation of under-represented groups.

This initiative is meant to support economic recovery through stakeholder-based initiatives that will help key sectors address their immediate and emerging workforce challenges. Taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, this call for proposals is considering a wider variety of projects compared to past years, including those that implement solutions and tools that will help Canadian workers and employers.

Projects must seek to achieve at least one of the following two objectives:

  1. Develop and implement sector-based solutions to address the workforce challenges of Canadian workers and employers
  2. Address a specific need in support of economic recovery in a specific sector or across sectors

How to apply for Sectoral Initiatives Program funding:

Please refer to the following webpages for more details about the Sectoral Initiatives Program and information about how to apply for funding:

Before submitting a proposal, carefully review the applicant guidelines and eligibility criteria.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 4, 2021.

If you have any questions, email ESDC at: [email protected]