Backgrounder: Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program


The Government of Canada supports the 2030 Agenda, and is committed to working with its partners to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world that leaves no one behind.

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada committed up to $59.8 million in funding over 13 years ($4.6 million annually), starting in 2018-19, to help support projects that aim to build awareness of the 2030 Agenda, increase partnerships and networks, advance research, and further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program is a grants and contributions program that seeks to increase public awareness of the SDGs, support new partnerships to advance action, and identify and implement innovative initiatives to drive progress on multiple SDGs. Through the SDG Funding Program, the Government is supporting the work of stakeholders, including not-for-profit organizations, provinces and territories, municipalities, academia, the private sector, Indigenous peoples, women, youth and vulnerable populations, to deliver improved outcomes for Canadians.

The Program launched in May 2019 with a Continuous Intake for grants up to $100K over 12 months. This call closed on November 5, 2019. To date, 47 organizations have received grant funding, which represents a total of approximately $4.3 million through the 2019-20 SDG Funding Program intake process.

2019-2020 SDG Funding Program Grant Recipients:

  1. Learning For a Sustainable Future
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. Raven Indigenous Capital Partners
  4. Colleges and Institutes Canada
  5. Nexial Logic Limited
  6. Queen’s International Institute on Social Policy (QIISP)
  7. Lovell Corporation
  8. Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)
  9. Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR)
  10. Okanagan College
  11. Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley
  12. Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL/CDIDD)
  13. United Way of Calgary and Area
  14. Centre facilitant la recherche et l’innovation dans les organisations (CEFRIO)
  15. Impact Hub Montréal
  16. Territoires innovants en économie social et solidaire (TIESS)
  17. Oxfam Canada
  18. Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec
  19. British Columbia Council for International Cooperation
  20. Food Secure Canada
  21. Universities Canada
  22. Competent Boards Inc.
  23. Green Economy Canada
  24. Waterloo Global Science Initiative
  25. Yukon Government
  26. United Way Centraide Canada
  27. International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  28. World Design Organization
  29. The Global SDG Awards
  30. University of Northern British Columbia
  31. The City of Kitchener
  32. Kawartha World Issues Center
  33. Canadian Standards Association
  34. The Kind Village Inc.
  35. McMaster University
  36. Global Shapers Halifax Hub Society
  37. SucSeed
  38. Municipal Corporation of the City of Yellowknife
  39. Yukon College
  40. Canadian Organic Growers
  41. Clayoquot Biospheres Trust Society
  42. Future of Good Media Inc.
  43. Women on the Move
  44. Maison du developpement durable
  45. Community Foundation for Lennox and Addington
  46. The Governors of the University of Calgary
  47. London Environmental Institute (LEN)

On June 28, 2019, the Government of Canada also announced a Call for Proposals for contributions to fund projects up to $300K per year over three years, for a total of up to $900K. The Call for Proposals for contributions closed on September 19, 2019.

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