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Access Grants and Contributions Online Services

Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) is a secure portal that allows you to:

  • apply online for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) grants and contributions, instead of using paper forms
  • track your application status
  • submit documents online
  • manage your grant or contribution project in a secure environment

Sign in

If you already have a GCOS account, select an option to sign in:

Forgot your sign in information?
  • If you forgot your GCKey sign-in information: Select "Sign in with GCKey" and follow the instructions to recover your GCKey information on the Welcome to GCKey page
  • If you forgot your online banking sign-in information: You must recover your sign-in information with your bank before you can sign in to GCOS
  • If you have new GCKey or bank sign in information: You will need to recover access to your GCOS account:
    1. Select "Sign in with GCKey" or "Sign in with your bank" above
    2. You will be directed to the GCKey or your bank's sign in page. Follow the instructions to sign in. Once signed in you will be directed back to the GCOS page
    3. Read and agree to the GCOS Notice to applicants and Terms of use
    4. You will be directed to a page that offers the option to recover access to an existing GCOS account (option 2)
    5. Provide your User Reference Number
    6. If you forgot your User Reference Number (URN)

      Select the "Forgot my User Reference Number?" link. Enter the email address associated to your account and answer your security questions. You will receive your URN by email.

    7. Answer your security questions
    8. Confirm your new username and password
    9. You will be directed to your GCOS account


If you don't have a GCOS account, select an option to register:

  • Register with GCKey

    Do you have a GCKey?

    What is GCKey

    • Yes, I want to sign in to GCOS using my GCKey
    • No, I want to sign up for a GCKey
  • Register with your bank

View funding opportunities

To view current and upcoming funding opportunities, visit ESDC’s funding programs page.


Learn more on how to use GCOS and manage your account:

Avoid technical problems
  • Don't bookmark secure GCOS pages (the pages you see after you sign in)
  • Use one of the following Web browsers:
    • Google Chrome (version 84 or newer)
    • Safari (version 13.1.2 or newer)
    • Microsoft Edge (version 85 or newer)
    • Mozilla Firefox (version 68 or newer)
  • Apple users should use one of the following operating systems:
    • iOS (version 13 or newer)
    • MacOS (version 10.15 or newer)
  • Enable cookies and JavaScript in your browser

Contact us

For help, advice or technical support, contact the Employer Contact Centre.

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