Who can apply

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Organizations must be 1 of the following:

  1. not-for-profit organization
  2. for-profit organization
  3. Indigenous organization, including:
    • band council
    • tribal council
    • self-government entities
  4. provincial or territorial government such as:
    • institution
    • agency
    • Crown corporation


The Department will accept proposals from organizations that show that they have:

  • established partnerships or a proven capacity to develop and support partnerships with employers, unions, training institutions and other relevant stakeholders. Partners may include, for example, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, sectoral stakeholders, or organizations representing equity-deserving groups
  • in-depth knowledge of skills development, training, and labour market issues with regards to one of the priorities: low-carbon energy and carbon management, green buildings and retrofits; or electric vehicle maintenance and charging infrastructure
  • recent experience, within the last 3 years, delivering initiatives that support skills and workforce development, including designing and delivering training programs leading to certifications and/or career pathways in French and/or English

Projects must:

  • demonstrate how they are addressing a training need that is key for 1 of the priorities
  • target a minimum of 1,500 participants and benefit a variety of employers, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
    • Note: Applications aiming to train less than 1,500 participants will be considered under the low-carbon energy and carbon management priority area only, in which case applicants will need to explain why a smaller target is justified for the type of activities they propose
  • have activities that cross jurisdictional boundaries (occurring in at least 2 provinces/territories)
    • Note: For projects under the Low-carbon energy and carbon management priority, a narrower geographic scope could be considered where justified to reflect the regional realities of emerging sectors
  • convene key stakeholders and forge partnerships to ensure training is demand-driven and addresses skills needs
  • end by March 31, 2028

Note to organizations located in and operating in Quebec

  • The Quebec National Assembly adopted the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (M-30). The provisions of this Act include certain conditions on Quebec government bodies and certain other entities wanting to contract with the federal government
  • You may wish to review the provisions of M-30 at the following website before applying for funding to make sure you comply with the Act
  • Any entity that is subject to the Act must obtain authorization from the Government of Quebec before signing any agreement with the Government of Canada

How we assess your application

We may refuse applications that are incomplete or contain errors

We’ll contact you to request any mandatory information if it is missing from your application. We’ll do this before we determine if your application is eligible. If you receive such a request, you must respond within 5 business days of the date we sent the request. If you do not respond before the deadline, we will assess your application with the information on file.

We’ll review your application in 2 steps by:

  • Step 1: Screening for eligibility

    We’ll screen for eligibility based on whether:

    • we receive the application by the deadline
    • the application is complete
    • your organization is eligible
    • the project is eligible

    It is important to submit a complete application. We will only assess your project if all of the eligibility requirements are met.

    Things that may impact your eligibility

    Your past performance or issues of default in projects with ESDC may impact the eligibility of your application.

    When determining the eligibility of your application, ESDC may review information in the public domain including, but not limited to, materials on your website and media articles.

  • Step 2: Assessing your application

    We will assess your application based on the following criteria:

    • your organization’s capacity to carry out the proposed project
    • how clearly and completely you describe what issue your project will address
    • how clearly project objectives are linked to project activities
    • whether project costs and timelines are reasonable

    To select a diverse range of projects and ensure that the Fund will provide the most important opportunities for the low-carbon economy, we may also prioritize projects that:

    • help ensure the Fund has sufficient projects in each priority area
    • align with federal government economic and climate priorities
    • target key sectors and/or occupations required for the low-carbon economy
    • maximize geographic coverage across the country
    • maximize the number of participants trained through the Fund
    • increase the participation of Indigenous Peoples and/or members of equity-deserving groups
    • support the offering of training in both official languages, and
    • scale up existing successful initiatives

    As needed, program officials will consult with other government departments to ensure that proposals are aligned with federal government priorities and initiatives. These include:

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