Canada Service Corps – Projects for youth-serving organizations – Overview

1. Overview

Support the needs of your local community!

The Government of Canada is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Canada Service Corps for projects under the Youth Service Opportunities Stream - Local and Regional Scale Projects.

Deadline: March 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Youth-serving organizations with innovative ideas to engage young people in meaningful service opportunities can apply now for funding.

Canada’s communities have a diverse set of needs and youth want to make meaningful contributions to addressing them.

The Canada Service Corps is looking for projects that benefit young people – allowing them to grow on a personal level by building relationships, learning new skills and creating a lasting impact on their lives and on the communities they serve.

If you are a youth-serving organization with an innovative idea to get youth involved in meaningful service opportunities, apply now!

Become a Canada Service Corps partner and contribute to building a culture of service amongst Canadian youth.

Note: Organizations can submit only one application under this Call for Proposals (CFP).

Information sessions

Information sessions will be offered to present details about this CFP.

Date: February 7, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Date: February 21, 2018

  • French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST
  • Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

Organizations can participate in the information sessions online or by teleconference by using the following information:

Online WebEx

To join the WebEx session:

  1. Log on to:
  2. Enter the Session number: 557 195 752 (February 7th) – 554 941 580 (February 21st)
  3. Enter your name and e-mail address
  4. Enter the following password for the session: canada
  5. Click on “Enter”


Use the following teleconference number to call into the session:
Call-in Toll-Free Number: 1-877-413-4790
Session Number: 557 195 752 (February 7th) – 554 941 580 (February 21st)
Access Code: 9804485

If you are unable to attend the information sessions and would like a copy of the content of the presentation, please send your request to

Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to assist you in completing the application for funding. This guide will provide critical information regarding this CFP, indicate how best to respond to the questions in the application form, and provide a checklist of the supporting documents you will need to submit. An early review of the checklist is suggested to ensure completeness of your application in the required timelines.

If you have enquiries about this process, please send an email to the following address: Enquiries will be answered between January 16, 2018 and March 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Information in this section includes:

  • Objective of the Canada Service Corps
  • Objective of the CFP
  • Expected Results
  • Glossary of Terms

Objective of the Canada Service Corps

The objective of the Canada Service Corps is to promote civic engagement among Canadian youth though meaningful committed service opportunities so that young people gain valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work while making a difference in their community.

Objective of the CFP

The objective of this CFP is to fund organizations to promote the civic engagement of youth. Projects will create opportunities for organizations to engage youth in committed service opportunities that address community needs across a wide spectrum of issues and themes important to young Canadians. Themes could include, but are not limited to: building an inclusive Canada, preserving the environment, promoting civic and democratic engagement and strengthening youth mental health. Funding under this CFP will ensure representation and availability of committed service opportunities to all youth across Canada, including those in rural and remote areas.

This CFP also includes a sub-stream focused on the reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis peoples. Projects under this sub-stream will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization. These projects will also identify and address a social issue in the community, allow youth to develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships.

Expected Results

Project proposals must contribute to the following Canada Service Corps program expected results (outcomes):

Short term:

  • Youth are aware of the benefits of service and are more likely to serve;
  • Youth are engaged as service volunteers in their community; and,
  • Best practices are identified.

Additional expected result for the reconciliation-focused sub-stream:

  • Mutually-respectful relationships are established and maintained among First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and non-Indigenous youth.

Medium Term:

  • Youth develop and enhance personal and professional skills;
  • Civic and community engagement is increased among youth (including among underrepresented youth groups);
  • Stakeholders recognize the benefits of youth service and are more likely to seek youth service volunteers;
  • Organizations have improved capacity to support youth volunteer service;
  • Community issue(s) are addressed by youth service;
  • Impact of increased youth engagement is recognized by the community; and,
  • Best practices are implemented and refined.

Additional expected result for the reconciliation-focused sub-stream:

  • First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and non-Indigenous youth develop an understanding of: Indigenous cultures and histories, including the history and legacy of Canada's residential schools system; and contemporary issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada.

Long Term:

  • Increased participation of Canadian youth, including underrepresented youth groups in civic life and contribution to their communities; and,
  • Canadian youth, including underrepresented groups, have acquired skills to find and maintain productive employment in the future.

Glossary of terms

Underrepresented youth groups refers to youth who are less likely to be engaged and, face barriers to engagement: youth with disabilities; youth from rural/remote areas; youth from low-income families; newcomer youth; First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis youth; LGBTQ2+ youth; visible minorities; and youth at risk.

Meaningful refers to providing relevant experience that youth consider to be important to increase their ability to impact change in their community.

Committed service opportunities are defined as opportunities that allow youth to: (1) participate in an intervention over an extended period of time (involving a minimum of 120 hours of service) to address a community need; (2) learn and develop skills with the support of mentors; (3) grow on a personal level by building relationships and mutual understandings with a diverse group of peers; and, (4) create lasting positive impact on one’s life and community.

Youth Service typically refers to taking part in volunteer type activities that promote quality of life by addressing community problems and issues through personal or community-based work.

Innovative outreach strategies are defined as outreach strategies that consist of new ways to reach out to and engage youth (including underrepresented youth), build on existing outreach strategies and/or replicate an existing outreach strategy to reach a larger or new target population.

Collective Impact model is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors with a common agenda to resolve a complex social problem in a community. Collective Impact has five essential elements: common agenda, common measure of progress, mutually reinforcing activities, communications, and a leader organization.


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

It is also suggested that you print or save a copy of this guide in order to refer to it once this CFP is closed. After March 13, 2018 this guide will no longer be available online.

This is a competitive process and not all applications submitted under this CFP will be selected 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, gender balance of participants, participation of underrepresented youth groups and official language requirements.

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