Funding: Sectoral Initiative Program – Overview

From Employment and Social Development Canada

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Deadline: October 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

1. Overview

Note: 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 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 Proposals (CFP) is closed. After October 23, 2017 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 is currently accepting proposals from organizations interested in receiving financial assistance from the Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP). It 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.

Purpose of this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide information to assist you with the completion of 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 CFP process, please send them to the following address: Enquiries will be answered between September 8 and October 10, 2017.

Information regarding this CFP:

Objective of SIP

SIP funds partnershipFootnote 1 based projects that are national in scopeFootnote 2 or nationally significantFootnote 3 and that support the development of industry-validated labour market information (LMI)Footnote 4, national occupational standards (NOS)/competency frameworksFootnote 5 and certificationFootnote 6 or accreditationFootnote 7 regimes, to address skills shortages in strategic sectors of Canada’s economy. Its objectives are to:

  • Address current and future skills shortages by improving balance between the supply and demand in key sectors of economy.
  • Facilitate employer’s human resource planning and management.
  • Produce critical information and quality assurance programs that enable job seekers, employers, students, educators, and other stakeholders to make sound decisions regarding labour market needs and skills development investments, and that facilitate labour mobility and, if applicable, the transition from school to workforce.
  • Contribute to greater labour market efficiency.

Objective of this CFP

The objective of this CFP is to invite eligible organizations to submit proposals for projects which support the development of skills to meet the demands of Canada’s labour market or address labour market issues by supporting the production, dissemination and application of one or more of the following:

  1. Labour Market Information
  2. National Occupation Standards/competency frameworks
  3. Certification programs
  4. Accreditation systems

In addition to these project types, projects with activities related to creative solutions that provide new ways of addressing sector-specific labour market issues may also be considered.

ESDC will determine, among proposals that meet mandatory criteria, the ones that are likely to have the most impact on their sectors.

Expected Results

Projects must demonstrate the following outputs and outcomes:


  1. Labour Market Information project outputs must include:
    • Sectoral LMI research, which may include new or updated research/analytical reports, LMI forecasting systems or LMI databases that are industry-driven and validated through employer surveys, regional focus groups or soliciting stakeholder feedback. Such projects' purpose is to equip stakeholders with relevant LMI that will support skills development and labour market decision making.
  2. National Occupational Standards project outputs must include:
  3. Certification project outputs must include:
    • Certification programs.
  4. Accreditation project outputs must include:
    • Accreditation systems.

In addition to the outputs above, other outputs may be considered, for projects related to creative solutions that provide new ways of addressing sector-specific labour market issues.


  1. Labour Market Information project outcomes must include:
    • Stakeholders have access to updated LMI to guide labour market and skills development decisions that would include labour market integration. Examples are: employers have access to demand data and forecasts for various occupations, expected changes in labour market demand due to technology, labour market supply data, and other information.
  2. National Occupational Standards project outcomes must include:
    • NOS that are developed or tailored to promote labour mobility:
      • employers’ recruitment and training of employees is facilitated
      • educators are assisted in developing or adapting curriculum
      • individuals are informed about skill requirements to qualify for specific occupations/jobs.
  3. Certification project outcomes must include:
    • Certification programs that are made available to individuals:
      • to provide the means of improving their participation in the labour market.
  4. Accreditation project outcomes must include:
    • Industry-driven accreditation systems that are made available to educational or training organizations:
      • to provide the required recognition that graduates of the accredited programs are qualified to fulfill current labour market needs.

In addition to the outcomes above, other outcomes may be considered for projects related to creative solutions that provide new ways of addressing sector-specific labour market issues. These could include awareness and adoption of tested, innovative ways of solving labour market issues.

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