Sectoral Initiatives Program application guide

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Part 1: Organization

A. Organization identification

Question 1: Legal name

What is your organization’s legal name? The legal name is usually:

Question 2: Operating name (if different from legal name)

What is the operating (or common) name of your organization (if it differs from the legal name)?

Question 3: Business or registration number

What is your 15-digit CRA business number? For registered charities and not-for-profit organizations, what is your registration number? (For example, 123456789 RR 0001).

You can find your CRA business number on tax-related documents or written communications from the CRA.

For more information, please visit the CRA website.

You must provide one of following documents if you do not have a:

If incorporated:

If not incorporated:

Question 4: Organization type

Choose one of the following:

Question 5: Organization category

Your answer must be one of the following:

Not-for-profit sector:
Private sector:
Public sector:

Question 6: Year established

When was your organization established?

Questions 7 to 11: Organization address

What is the address of your organization? Give a complete address in a format recognized by Canada Post. Look at the Canada Post website for information.

Questions 12 to 14: Telephone, fax and email

What is your organization’s telephone number, fax number (if it has one) and email address?

Questions 15 to 19: Mailing address (if different from organization address)

What is the mailing address of your organization (if it differs from your organization’s address)?

Questions 20 and 21: Telephone and fax (if different from organization address)

What are your organization’s telephone and fax numbers (if different from the organization)?

Question 22: Organizations mandate

What are your organization’s main activities, including your mission and objectives?

B. Organization contact

Primary contact

Question 23: First name and last name

Who is the main contact person for the proposed project?

Question 24: Position title

What is the title of the contact person named in question 23?

For example:

Question 25: Preferred language of communication

What language would your contact person prefer to use in writing and speaking?

Question 26: Organization contact (address)

Does the address of your contact person differ from the organization address or the organization mailing address in Section A?

Questions 27 to 31: Contact address

If you answered “Different” in question 26, what is the address of your contact person?

Questions 32 and 33: Telephone and fax

What are the telephone and fax numbers of your contact person?

Question 34: Email address

What is the email address of your contact person? We will send all communications to this address.

Secondary contact

Question 35: First name and last name

Who is the secondary contact person for the proposed project?

Question 36: Position title

What is the title of the secondary contact person named in question 35?

For example:

Question 37: Preferred language of communication

What language would your secondary contact person prefer to use in writing and speaking?

Question 38: Organization secondary contact (address)

Does the address of your secondary contact person differ from the organization address or the organization mailing address in Section A?

Questions 39 to 43: Secondary contact address

If you answered “Different” in question 38, what is the address of your secondary contact person?

Questions 44 and 45: Telephone and fax

What are the telephone and fax numbers of your secondary contact person?

Question 46: Email address

What is the email address of your secondary contact person?

C. Organizational capacity

Question 47: How many employees does your organization currently have?

Indicate the total number of employees in your organization.

Question 48: Has your organization undergone any important transformations in the past 2 years?

For this funding process, “important transformations” means:

If you answer “yes”, tell us about the changes.

Question 49: Describe how your organization has the experience and expertise to carry out the proposed project activities

You must:

Question 50: Does your organization owe any amount to the Government of Canada?

If yes, how much? Use the spaces provided. Here is an example:

Table 1: Amounts owed to Government of Canada
Amount owing Nature of amount owing Department or agency to which money is owed
$10,000 Overpayment Employment and Social Development Canada

Question 51: If an amount is owing, is a payment plan in place?

Have you set up a plan to pay back the money?

If you answer “yes”, your application can continue. Tell us what you owe and how you are paying back the money.

Part 2: Project

A. Project identification

Question 52: Project title

Give a short title that describes your project.

Questions 53 and 54: Planned project start and end dates

When do you plan to start and end your project?

You must complete your project in 36 months.

We expect to make funding decisions in summer 2021.

You must start your project activities after we approve your project and a signed funding agreement is in place. We can only pay for activities that have started after we sign the agreement.

B. Project description

Question 55: Project Objectives (must clearly link to the program objectives)

You must:

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

Question 56: Project activities (give clear steps for each one)

You must describe how your project’s activities align with one or more of the following categories:

You must also describe the steps that your organization will take to meet the objectives of the project, by providing:

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to:

Note: Project activities must be additional and go beyond the organization’s normal activities, as the Sectoral Initiatives Program does not provide core funding.

Question 57: Expected results of the project (must be clearly linked to the project objectives and be specific, concrete and measurable)

Outcomes are the short-term and medium-term changes that you expect the project to deliver. You can link more than one outcome to an objective. Outcomes answer the questions, “How do we know the project is a success?” and “How do the activities address the workforce needs of Canadian workers and employers?”

Outputs are direct products or services that you will produce to get the outcomes you want. They answer the question, “What will the project produce?”

Organizations will be required to report on results.

You must describe:

Question 58: Does the project include indicators to measure results

Your answer to this question must be “yes”.

You must:

Examples of indicators, but not limited to:

Question 59: Does this proposed project fit with your organizations other activities

If “yes”, describe how your project relates to the work your organization is doing now.

Question 60: Will any of the project activities take place somewhere other than where your organization is located

If “yes”, give the main address first and then add other addresses.

If you have more than 5 locations, please continue your answer in Appendix A.

Question 61: Will your project benefit or involve people in English or French language minority communities

We commit to enhance the vitality of the English and French linguistic minorities in Canada. We support and assist their development and foster the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society. Official language minority communities are English-speaking communities established within the province of Québec and French-speaking communities established outside the province of Québec.

Answering “No” to this question will not invalidate your application.

If your proposed project involves official language minority communities, you should answer “yes” to this question. Complete the question following the instructions in the application form.

Find more information about official language minority communities

Question 62: Will any other organizations, networks or partners be involved in carrying out the project

Your project must involve one or more partner.

You must provide a letter from your partner(s) confirming that they will participate in the project.

You must also provide:

Question 63: Does the project address the programs national, regional or local priorities 

Not applicable for this funding. Answer “no” to this question.

Question 64: Does your project include activities that are listed in Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) Regulations Designating Physical Activities established under the Canadian Impact Assessment Act 2019

Not applicable for this funding. Answer “no” to this question.

Part 3: Funding

A. Anticipated sources of funding

You must have a cash or in-kind contributions equal to or more than 10% of the total cost of your project. This must come from sources other than ESDC. We will accept donation and cash contributions.

Note: If we select your project, we will ask you to submit a letter confirming the cash contribution or donation. The letter needs to confirm that the donation or cash contribution will be available when your project starts.

Question 65: Source name

You must include the names of the other sources that contribute to your project.

Question 66: Source type

Identify the type of organization that contributes to your project. Use this list:

Question 67: Cash contributions

Tell us how much in cash contributions you will receive.

Question 68: In-kind contributions

If you are getting a donation, tell us how much it is worth.

To be eligible as a donation:

Donations (In-kind) are goods or services people or organizations give for free. Your organization, other organizations or partners can donate. Donations include equipment, services or labour that you receive for free.

We will recognize in-kind donations only if we can estimate what a person would pay for the contribution.

Question 69: Confirmed cash and in-kind

Tell us if the contributions are confirmed.

B. Budget

List each activity and its associated cost in your application form and budget detail template (PDF Format). The amounts must be the same in both document. Your costs must be reasonable and support your project activities.

Question 70: Cost category

Use the budget detail template (PDF Format).

Example of eligible costs:

Example of ineligible costs:

Questions 71 to 73: Planned spending ($) (ESDC/other - cash/other - in-kind)

Give the total planned spending from all sources, including us. The amounts should align with those that you put in section A. Anticipated sources of funding of your Application for funding.

“Other” means a cash or in-kind contribution from other sources other than us.

C. Budget details

Question 74: Associated businesses or individuals

Check all statements that apply to your planned spending of the funding from us.

In carrying out the project, you may have to buy goods or services you need from contractors. You may also contract out to third parties (outside providers) to carry out part of the project activities.

“Associated businesses or individuals” means:

Question 75: Capital assets: Will capital assets be among your planned expenditures with ESDC funding

Answer “yes” or “no”.

If “yes”, explain how your project will benefit from buying capital assets.

A capital asset is any single or composite asset that costs more than $1,000 (before taxes). A capital asset is not part of another product and you can still use it at the end of the project.

A composite asset is a group of assets that form one unit, where you need everything for the asset to work. A group of assets is a single capital asset if the total cost is more than $1,000 (before taxes).

For example, a composite capital asset is:

Four chairs that each cost $300 are not capital assets because each chair works on its own. The chairs cost less than $1,000 (before taxes).

Question 76: Further budget details

Include a breakdown of your total costs per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), by project activity and cost category.

As an example, this could be the breakdown for a 3-year project with $120,000 in eligible costs:

Part 4. Attestation

To be considered eligible, an official representative who has the authority to submit proposals on behalf of your organization must attest that:

To do this, the official representative must:

As this is an attestation, no signature is required.

Appendix A

Use this section to add information to previous sections of the application, and specify the question number.

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