How to apply

You can apply from May 29, 2024 to July 17, 2024 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Use the Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) to apply.

If you do not have a GCOS account, create one as soon as possible.

  • Start by completing your GCOS user and organisation profile
  • Once your GCOS user and organisation profiles are completed, you can immediately submit your application
  • Once your application is submitted, you must finalize your GCOS account as soon as possible to ensure you are fully registered and benefit from all the advantages
  • What is the Grants and Contributions Online Service (GCOS)?

    The Grants and Contributions Online Services is an online platform where users can create an account for their organization. This allows users to submit funding applications online to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Once you create your account it allows you to:

    • track the status of your application
    • sign an agreement if your application is approved for funding
    • manage active projects
    • submit documents; and
    • review past projects submitted through your GCOS account

Sign in or register for GCOS GCOS account registration process

Confirmation of receipt

If you submit your application through GCOS, you will receive an acknowledgment message immediately and a tracking number.

Other ways to apply

While we recommend applying via GCOS, you can also apply using 1 of the following options:

  • By email or mail

    To apply by email or mail, download and complete the application form.

    EMP5725 (PDF, 554 KB)

    How to submit your application

    Apply by email

    Send your complete application package by email to:

    Indicate the following information in the subject line of your email(s):

    • name of your organization

    If you have to send your application package in multiple emails, specify if it is part 1 or part 2.

    Apply by mail

    Send your complete application package by mail to:

    Accessible Canada - NAAW 2025 and 2026

    Coordination Unit - Mailstop 402
    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
    140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 4th Floor
    Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

    If you submit your application by mail, you will receive an acknowledgment message by email within 14 days of its receipt. The acknowledgment will be sent to the email address provided in your application.

    About PDFs

    Our application form uses PDF form technology. You must have a PDF reader installed to use the form correctly. There are several readers available on the Internet for free that support our form:

    • Adobe Reader (you must use a version of Adobe Reader 8 or higher, for example Adobe Acrobat DC Reader)
    • Foxit Reader
    Alert: Warning

    If you do not use the recommended readers (Adobe Acrobat 8 or higher or Foxit Reader), we could receive a blank application from you.

    Downloading the application form
    1. Make sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or higher or Foxit Reader installed on your system.
    2. Select the Application form
    3. When prompted to open or save the form, select the down arrow on the “Save” button, and select ”Save as”.
    4. Select your folder location and save (file type must be PDF).
    5. Reopen the form from your computer:
      1. select the “Open with” option
      2. choose option to open with either Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit
    6. Make sure that the form opens in one of the Reader Software (Adobe or Foxit), by looking at the top of your screen. For example, you should consult:
      • ESDC-EMP XXXX.pdf (SECURED) – Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
      • ESDC-EMP XXXX.pdf (SECURED) – Foxit PhantomPDF
    7. Begin inputting and save your information.
    8. Before submitting your application make sure that the Application form is completed, and all information has saved properly.
    Moving within a form

    To move from one field to the next on the form, hit “Tab”. This ensures that you do not accidently skip over any fields.

    Forms that perform calculations

    Some sections of the form perform calculations based on the amounts you enter and will automatically calculate totals in the appropriate fields. You are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of any information submitted. Please double-check all data you enter.

Submit 1 application only

Submit only 1 copy of your application to us. We will only review the first application received. Submitting multiple copies of the same application or submitting the same application by using various methods will cause longer processing times for your application.

When you'll get a funding decision

We expect to make funding decisions in late fall 2024.

Projects may not begin before a funding agreement has been signed by your organization and the Department. We will not reimburse any expenses for activities that take place before we sign the Funding Agreement.

If you apply through GCOS, you will be able to track the status of your application throughout the process.

Not all submitted applications will be selected for funding, as funding is limited. Please note that decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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