Funding: Call for Concepts to Increase awareness and take-up of the Canada Learning Bond – Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

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Deadline: January 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

The Government of Canada is currently accepting concepts from organizations interested in receiving funding through the Social Development Partnerships Program - Children and Families (SDPP), for projects to increase awareness and take-up of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB).

A concept is an idea for a proposed project. It provides preliminary, high-level information about project objectives, activities and results.

1. Overview

It is recommended that you read the following guide in its entirety before you start completing your Application for Funding. This guide contains important details on the information and supporting documentation which Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) requires to assess your application.

We also suggest that you print or save a copy of this guide in order to refer to it once this Call for Concepts (CFC) is closed. After January 16, 2018, this guide will no longer be available online.

This is a competitive process and not all applications submitted under this CFC will be retained, as funding is limited and subject to ESDC's yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to accept an Application for Funding in whole or in part and give consideration to factors such as geographic coverage and official languages requirements.

Note: An organization can submit only one application for this CFC.

About the Canada Learning Bond

The Government of Canada (GoC) encourages Canadians to use Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) to save for a child’s post-secondary education (PSE), which includes full- or part-time studies at a trade school, CEGEP, college, or university, or in an apprenticeship program.

ESDC administers two education savings incentives linked to RESPs:

  1. The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG), which consists of a basic grant amount of 20% on the first $2,500 in annual contributions to an RESP. This education incentive is available to all eligible Canadians regardless of family income. An additional amount of CESG of 10% or 20% is available to children from middle and low income families. The CESG is available until the calendar year in which the beneficiary turns 17. The maximum lifetime amount, including the additional amount of CESG, is $7,200.
  2. The CLB, which is available for children from low-income families born in 2004 or later. This education savings incentive consists of an initial payment of $500 plus $100 for each year of eligibility, up to age 15, for a maximum of $2,000. No personal contribution is required to receive the CLB.

Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist you in completing the Application for Funding. The guide provides important information about this CFC, indicates how best to respond to the questions in the application form, and provides a checklist of the supporting documents that you are required to submit. An early review of the checklist is suggested to ensure completeness of your application within the required timelines.

If you have enquiries about this process, please send an email to the following address: You can send enquiries between November 23, 2017, and January 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Please note that if your concept is retained, you will be contacted and asked to submit a full project proposal at a later time.

Information in this section:

  • Objectives of the Education Savings Incentives
  • Objectives of the SDPP
  • Objective of this CFC
  • Expected Results

Objectives of the Education Savings Incentives

Education Savings Incentives:

  • reinforce the importance of planning early for PSE;
  • help build savings for PSE;
  • help make PSE more affordable by reducing reliance on loans; and
  • reinforce aspirations for PSE through asset-building and family savings.

Objectives of the SDPP

Objectives of the SDPP are to fund projects that support:

  • the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges; and,
  • the development, exchange and application of knowledge, tools and resources that address social needs of individuals, families and communities.

Objective of this Call for Concepts

The objective of this CFC is to invite eligible organizations to submit a concept for newFootnote 1 and/or innovativeFootnote 2 approaches designed to increase awareness and take-up of the Canada Learning Bond, which will ease access to post-secondary education; thereby, helping improve life outcomes for children.

Expected Result of this Call for Concepts

Proposed projects must demonstrate how their outcomes relate to the following outcome of this CFC:

  • increased awareness and take-up of the CLB, particularly among underrepresented, hard-to-reach and vulnerable segments of the population who may face challenges in accessing the CLB.

If your concept is retained, a more detailed description of expected results and, if relevant, a sustainability plan will be required for the submission of your full project proposal.

Measuring results is a way to ensure that projects are progressing towards meeting the above expected results. For this CFC, applicants are not expected to provide result measurement indicators at this stage. However, if a concept is retained, result measurement indicators will be required, where appropriate, for the submission of the full project proposal.

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