Apply for funding under the Union Training and Innovation Program: Investments in Training Equipment 

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status of the call for proposals: Closed
The application period for this call closed on May 29, 2019.
If you submitted your Application for Funding through Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS), you will receive an acknowledgement indicating we have received your application immediately by email.
If you submitted your Application for Funding by email or by mail, you will receive an acknowledgment, within 21 days, indicating that we have received your application.
Applicants must not start their proposed projects until notified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) of approval and an agreement has been signed between the organization and a representative of ESDC.
Please note that not all applications submitted under this application process will be approved. Funding is limited and subject to budget considerations of ESDC and allocation of funds by Parliament.
Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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Application period

April 30 to May 29, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time

We anticipate that projects could start as early as fall 2019.

Overview

The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) supports the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships. The program has two streams:

  • The Investments in Training Equipment Stream supports cost-shared purchases of equipment and materials for training (union-led).
  • The Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream supports innovative approaches to address challenges that limit apprenticeship outcomes (union involvement required).

The Government of Canada is accepting applications for the Investments in Training Equipment Stream.

Please note that Québec organizations are not eligible to apply for funding. The Government of Canada has an agreement with the Government of Québec to implement a program that takes into account the unique features of Québec’s apprenticeship system.

Steps to Apply

Gather your supporting documents and information

Before submitting your Application for Funding, ensure that you have included all of the required documents in your application package. Not doing so could result in the rejection of your application from this process.

  • Application for Funding filled out in its entirety
  • Proof of broad-based partnerships (if applicable)
  • Proof of contributions from sources other than the Government of Canada
  • Document demonstrating the purchase price of the equipment and/or materials for the purpose of training
  • Budget Detail Template: PDF or Excel format

Create a Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) account to apply online

To apply on line, you will need to create a Grants and Contributions Online Services account. It may take up to two weeks to finalize your GCOS account; you are strongly encouraged to initiate the one time GCOS account creation process as soon as possible.

GCOS allows you to:

  • apply for funding opportunities;
  • submit claims and supporting documents;
  • track the status of you applications; and
  • manage all your Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) funding applications and approved active projects in one single GCOS account.

Apply, submit and track the status of your application online using GCOS

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Budget detail template (Excel Format, 293 KB or PDF Format, 47 KB).
  3. Apply online using GCOS

Apply by email

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application form as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding (EMP5523) and the Budget detail template (Excel Format, 293 KB or PDF Format, 47 KB) on your computer or by hand.
  3. Please sign the appropriate section(s) of the Application for Funding form and provide a scanned copy of the signed page(s) only, and email the documents to NC-DGOP-POB-UTIP-PFIMS-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. If you are unable to scan all the required sections, or any other documents, you can mail them to the address below. Clearly indicate in your email if further documentation will be forthcoming by mail.

Apply by mail

  1. Read the Applicant guide for this funding process to complete your application form as it describes specific information you need to provide for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding (EMP5523) and the Budget detail template (Excel Format, 293 KB or PDF Format, 47 KB) on your computer or by hand.
  3. Print, sign, and mail the documents to the address below:

    Mailing address

    Union Training and Innovation Program submissions
    Coordination Unit, Mailstop: 402
    National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
    140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 4th Floor
    Gatineau, Québec K1A 0J9

Objective

This application process is intended to fund projects that will strengthen training in the trades to better support a skilled, inclusive, certified and productive trades workforce in order to achieve the following objectives:

  • To increase investment in up-to-date training equipment and materials for higher quality training, leading to a more skilled and productive trades workforce;
  • Where applicable, to improve the participation and success of key groups in trades training and careers (including women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and visible minorities/racialized persons); and
  • Where applicable, to enhance broad-based partnerships between organizations (e.g. with employers, community/non-profit groups, and educational institutions and other training providers).

Application process

We recommend that you read the instructions carefully before you start completing your application. Not doing so could result in an incomplete application and its rejection from this process. The following information is included:

  • The application, eligibility and assessment process; and
  • Instructions on how to best provide the required information in the application.

Eligibility criteria

This section describes how we will assess your application to determine its eligibility. Your application must meet the eligibility criteria listed below to apply for this program. Otherwise, your application will not be further considered.

To be eligible:

  • You must be a:
    • union (including local union organization) representing workers in the Red Seal Trades; and
    • organization managing training trust funds (for example, a joint training trust fund set up by a union or by a union and an employer association).
  • The project must target Red Seal Trades, and its activities must support the purchase of up-to-date equipment and/or materials for the purpose of training.
  • Once the equipment and/or materials are available for training, you have demonstrated that a minimum of 24 months are dedicated to data collection and reporting activities.

Please remember that Québec organizations are not eligible to apply for funding. Refer to the Overview section for more details.

Other requirements:

  • The project must be a minimum of 36 months in duration and must not exceed 60 months.
  • The amount requested from ESDC cannot exceed $5,000,000 per year per project.
  • The application must clearly identify that it will strengthen training in the trades.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that it has leveraged cash contributions equal to or greater than 50% towards the purchase of equipment/materials from sources other than the Government of Canada (can include the applicant’s own organization). A minimum of 30% cash contribution could be accepted in cases involving remote locations, lack of infrastructure or limited partnership opportunities, as approved by ESDC. A rationale must be provided. The proposed contributions from other sources must be reasonable and related to the purchase of equipment/materials.
  • All required documents must be submitted with the Application for Funding. For a list of required documentation, please see the list of supporting documents and information in the Steps to Apply section above.

How your application will be assessed

This section describes how we will assess your application to determine its overall quality and merit.

1. Project objectives (refer to Question 43) (35%)

  • The application must clearly describe how the proposed project will strengthen training in the trades.
  • The application must clearly identify the need for the project and provide a solid rationale on how it will address the identified need.
  • The application must demonstrate how it will address the three objectives of this funding process (see Objective section above).

2. Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to Question 44) (20%)

  • Proposals must provide a clear description of each activity. Activities must be relevant to the project objectives and must demonstrate how they support the achievement of the project outcomes.
  • Activities must be specific, detailed, and realistic.
  • Timelines must be clear and feasible.

3. Project results and impact (refer to Question 45) (15%)

  • The outcomes and outputs of the project must be clearly linked to the project objectives.
  • Outcomes and outputs must be specific, concrete, measurable, and must demonstrate the impact (qualitative and/or quantitative).

4. Results measurement indicators (refer to Question 46) (15%)

  • The application must include Results Measurement Indicators.
  • For each Result Measurement Indicator, please provide the data collection approach.

5. Project budget (refer to Section B, Part 3) (15%)

  • Project costs must be reasonable and detailed and must support the project activities.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • specifically target: women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, newcomers, and/or visible minorities
  • involve broad-based partnerships between organizations

After you have applied

You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt of your application.

  • If you submit your application through Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS), you will receive an acknowledgment immediately.
  • If you submit your application by email, you will receive an automatic email acknowledgment to the email address you used to submit the application.
  • If you submit your application by mail, you will receive an acknowledgment by email within 21 days of its receipt. The acknowledgment will be sent to the email address provided in your application.

Glossary

Partnerships:

Partnerships refer to a relationship between the applicant and another organization engaged and collaborating in this project. Partnerships are defined as relationships with recognized organizations that are not only willing to morally support the project, but also have the expertise and organizational capacity to contribute, either in-kind or financially, to the project.

Broad-based partnerships:

Broad-based partnerships are partnerships between organizations that lead to benefits that go beyond specific needs of partners and/or lead to long-term partnership agreements (for example between sectors, regions or trades, or with employers, community/non-profit groups, and educational institutions and other training providers).

Training:

Training can include technical training, skills upgrading, and safety courses offered to apprentices, journey persons, pre-apprentices and other tradespeople. Technical training includes training that is not recognized by provinces or territories as technical apprenticeship training.

Training equipment/materials:

Training equipment is an asset intended for long-term use, such as crane simulators, advanced welding technology, geothermal training systems, milling/beveling guns and electric hoists.

Training materials are used for a shorter period of time, as they are often transformed during the process (for example: parts, components). Training materials could be used by apprentices/journeypersons to practice on during training (for example, sheet metal to practice welding).

Training equipment and materials must be up-to-date to meet industry standards on the job site.

Red Seal Program:

The Red Seal Program sets common standards to assess the skills of tradespersons across Canada in the 56 designated Red Seal Trades. Tradespersons who have successfully passed the Red Seal examination receive a Red Seal endorsement which is affixed to their provincial/territorial trade certificates. This indicates that a tradesperson has met the Red Seal standard in their trade.

Remote location:

Describes a geographical area where a community is located over 350 km from the nearest service centre having year-round road access. This could include geographical areas that have scheduled flights and good telephone services, but are without year-round road access (for example, small population, limited access to urban centres and training facilities, on-reserve).

Lack of infrastructure:

Describes a lack of access to resources and facilities that may limit employment and apprenticeship opportunities in the trades (for example, small or non-profit and equity group organizations with limited resources or minimal formal infrastructure. On a community level, a lack of infrastructure represents a lack of access to resources and facilities that may have a direct impact on community well-being (for example, health services, social services, community centres, learning facilities, recreational facilities, transit/transportation infrastructure, roads, broadband internet, etc.).

Limited partnership opportunities:

Describes a situation where establishing partnerships is more challenging due in part to the limited number of employers and training institutions as well as occasional occurrence of competition between agreement holders for available partners. Remote and isolated regions can be economically depressed and find it difficult to find employer partners or deliver demand-driven programming (for example, limited presence of large/major industries, colleges or polytechnics, non-governmental organizations).

Information session

An information session will be held on Thursday May 16, 2019. Interested applicants can participate online or by teleconference. If you are interested, send an email to NC-DGOP-POB-UTIP-PFIMS-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French).

Contact us

If you have questions about this application process, send an email to NC-DGOP-POB-UTIP-PFIMS-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca. Enquiries sent before May 29, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time will be answered.

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