Funding: Sectoral Initiative Program – Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

Grants and Contributions projects affected by COVID-19

Please contact your funding representative if your project is affected by COVID-19.

Current Status of the call for proposals: Closed

All applicants will receive an acknowledgement within 21 calendar days of submitting their application. Further to this acknowledgment, applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 90 days of the Call for Proposals (CFP) closing date of October 23, 2017.

Recipients must not start their projects until an agreement has been signed by a representative of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Not all applications submitted under this CFP will be approved. Funding is limited and is subject to budget considerations of ESDC, and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.


The Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP) is a grants-and-contributions program with the objective of addressing current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market intelligence, national occupational standards, and skills certification and accreditation systems. The program’s mandate is to help industries identify, forecast, and address their human resources and skills issues. The SIP funds partnership-based projects for key sectors of the Canadian economy. These projects are developed and implemented by such industry partners as: workplace organizations, employer associations, education and training bodies, professional associations, unions, and Aboriginal organizations.

Eligibility criteria are further defined during calls for proposals.

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