Apply for funding for the Sectoral Initiatives Program

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Application period

Current status: Closed

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This call ran from January 22, 2021 to March 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Description of the funding

Eligible organizations can apply for up to $2,500,000 (per project, per year). We will fund projects that identify, forecast and address sectoral or cross-sectoral human resources and skills development needs.

Projects must be a maximum of 36 months.


This funding supports projects that focus on one or more of the following objectives:

Project activities must align with one or more of the following categories:


To apply, you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

Eligible applicants

Note to organizations located and operating in Québec

If we accept your proposed project, you will need to get approval from the Quebec government before you can accept our funding.

Consult the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif

Eligible projects

How we assess your application

We will assess your application based on the following criteria:

Organization’s capacity

Project objectives

Project activities

Project results

Project costs

Additional funding considerations

We will consider the following to select a diverse range of projects to fund:

Steps to apply

Gather your supporting documents and information

Decide how to apply

Apply online

  1. Create your GCOS account. It may take up to 10 business days to create your account
  2. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  3. Complete the budget detail template and upload it in GCOS
  4. Apply online using GCOS

Apply by email or mail

  1. Read the applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form
  2. Complete the Application form online or by hand
  3. Complete the budget detail template (PDF Format)
  4. Send your complete your application package by email or by mail to:
    • Mailing address:
      Sectoral Initiatives Program
      Coordination Unit Mailstop 402
      National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
      140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV 4th Floor
      Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

Note: If you cannot email the documents, you can send them by mail to the address above. In your email, tell us if you are sending other documents by mail.

After you’ve applied

We will review your application and decide if you will receive funding.

We expect to make funding decisions in summer 2021.


You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt.

By email

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt by email.

By mail

You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email within 21 calendar days.

Contact us

If you have questions, email us at
We will answer questions sent before March 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST.

Information sessions

We will hold information sessions in early February. You can participate online or by teleconference.

If you are interested, send an email to We will provide the instructions on how to participate.

In your email, indicate if you would like to attend an information session in English or French. Also, indicate if you need accommodation to attend.


Sector-based solutions

Information, tools, and/or strategies that address sector-specific labour market issues faced by both the employers and workers.

Labour market issues could include, but not limited to:

Addressing post-pandemic recovery and/or challenges faced because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The development of information, tools, and/or strategies that:

Sectoral labour market intelligence and tools

The development and use of labour market information to help the following persons make informed decisions about their labour market and skills development needs:

Sectoral training and worker transition solutions

The design and delivery of sector-specific skills development initiatives to address:

Solutions for employers

The development of new or scaling up of proven initiatives to address the specific needs of employers, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, in areas such as:

Cross sectoral

Partnerships or projects involving at least 2 economic sectors or sub-sectors that address mutual labour market challenges

Labour market information

Can take the form of a labour market research report or a labour market forecasting system:

National Occupational Standards

Define the specific knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform a job competently in the workplace. A National Occupational Standard (NOS) includes:

NOS projects aim to:

It is expected that NOS projects will provide:

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