Funding programs for jobs, training, and social development projects

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Funding programs from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) are government grants and contributions that help support jobs, training, and social development.

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Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Grants and Contributions projects are affected.

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Current and upcoming funding opportunities

Open to applicants that meet eligibility criteria. Consult funding opportunities for more information on eligibility criteria.

The information from this list may change.

Funding opportunity Status Topic Expected launch period Application period - Open date Application period - Closing date
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women Currently accepting applications Career development and employment Currently accepting applications 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
Apprenticeship Completion Grant Applications accepted on an ongoing basis Career development and employment Applications accepted on an ongoing basis n/a n/a
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant Applications accepted on an ongoing basis Career development and employment Applications accepted on an ongoing basis n/a n/a
Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime Applications accepted on an ongoing basis Families Applications accepted on an ongoing basis n/a n/a
Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program Applications accepted on an ongoing basis Career development and employment Applications accepted on an ongoing basis n/a n/a
Foreign Credential Recognition Program Applications accepted on an ongoing basis Career development and employment Applications accepted on an ongoing basis n/a n/a
New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-based projects (up to $25,000) Currently accepting applications Seniors Currently accepting applications 2021-11-23 2021-12-21

Closed funding opportunities

Funding opportunity Topic
Canada Learning Bond - Grants and Contributions Pilot Project - Phase II Education Savings, Children and families
Canada Service Corps - Regional and Local Youth and students
Canada Service Corps: Projects for youth-serving organizations Youth and students
Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Early learning and child care, Children and family
Enabling Accessibility Fund - Small projects People with disabilities
Enabling Fund for Official Language Minority Communities Communities
Enabling Accessibility Fund - Youth innovation projects for Youth accessibility leaders People with disabilities, Youth and students
Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program Career development and employment
Foreign Credential Recognition Program – Innovation and skilled newcomer employment Career development and employment
Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care - Quality Improvement Projects Early learning and child care,Children and families
Labour Funding Program - International Trade and Labour Career development and employment
Literacy and Essential Skills Career development and employment
New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-based projects (up to $5,000) Seniors
New Horizons for Seniors Program - Pan-Canadian projects Seniors
Occupational Health and Safety Career development and employment
Reaching home - Designated Communities (Homelessness) Homelessness
Reaching Home - Expansion of designated communities (Homelessness) Communities, Homelessness
Reaching Home - Indigenous Homelessness Aboriginal peoples, Homelessness
Reaching home - Innovative Solutions to Homelessness - Contribution projects Homelessness
Reaching home - Innovative Solutions to Homelessness - Microgrants Homelessness
Reaching Home - Rural and Remote Homelessness Homelessness
Reaching Home funding streams Homelessness
Sectoral Initiatives Program Career development and employment
Skills and Partnership Fund Aboriginal peoples
Social Development Partnerships Program - Children and Families - Early learning and child care Early learning and child care, Children and family
Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability - Performance and Accountability Framework People with disabilities
Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability - Youth leadership People with disabilities
Social Development Partnerships Program - Projects to improve Black-led organizations’ workplaces and community spaces Children and families
Social Development Partnerships Program Disability - Financial security People with disabilities
Social Development Partnerships Program - Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative - Become a Western intermediary Children and family
Sustainable Development Goals Program - Contributions Sustainable development
Sustainable Development Goals Program - Grants Sustainable development
Union Training and Innovation Program - Innovation in Apprenticeship Career development and employment
Workplace Opportunities - Removing Barriers to Equity Aboriginal peoples. Career development and employment, People with disabilities
Youth Employment and Skills Strategy - Canada Summer Jobs Youth and students
Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program Youth and students
Social Development Partnerships Program – Analysis and dissemination of the 2018 General social survey – Giving, volunteering and participating Children and families
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy - National Call for Concepts under the Community Capacity and Innovation stream Communities, Homelessness
Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program Career development and employment
Women’s Employment Readiness pilot program Career development and employment
Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families – Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Children and Youth Children and families
Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families – Financial Empowerment of Low-Income People Children and families
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities - National Stream People with disabilities
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities - Regional Stream People with disabilities
Enabling Accessibility Fund – Midsize projects People with disabilities
Skills for Success Career development and employment
Solicited process – Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity Career development and employment
Union Training and Innovation (UTIP) - Equipment Career development and employment
Apprenticeship Service Program – Intermediary Career development and employment
Supports for Student Learning Program Youth and students
Investment Readiness Program – Stream 1: Readiness support partners Social development
Investment Readiness Program – Stream 2: Ecosystem builder Social development
Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component - Disability Inclusion Action Plan People with disabilities
Social Finance Fund – Become a social finance wholesaler Social development
Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative - National Institute for People of African Descent Communities

Service standards

For most grants and contributions programs, we commit to meeting 3 service standards 80% of the time (under normal circumstances):

  • acknowledgment of proposals
  • notification of funding decisions
  • issuance of payments

Acknowledgment of proposals

We will issue an application acknowledgment letter within 14 calendar days of:

  • the end of the submission period
  • the date we receive an application when the submission period has no end date

Notification of funding decisions

We will issue a notification of funding decision letter within 12 to 22 weeks of:

  • the end date of the submission period
  • the date we receive an application when the submission period has no end date

We list the service standards for each program on their funding web page.

Issuance of payments

We will issue payments within 14 calendar days of:

  • the date we receive a completed claim package for contribution projects
  • the start date of approved grant projects
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