Funding: Workplace opportunities: Removing barriers to equity – Overview

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Current status: Closed

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application within 90 days of the Call for Concepts closing date of August 4, 2017.

Please note that only selected concepts will proceed to the full proposal stage. Funding is limited and is subject to budget considerations of Employment and Social Development Canada and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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1. Overview

Through this Call for Concepts, the Labour Program is launching the second round of the Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity (Workplace Opportunities) grant and contribution program. Workplace Opportunities is designed to support employers subject to the Employment Equity Act (the Act) in their efforts to improve designated group representation in areas of low representation through partnerships and industry-tailored strategies.

Through a competitive process, Workplace Opportunities will provide funding to eligible recipients to develop tailored solutions to support the four designated groups under the Employment Equity Act (women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities). For this Call for Concepts, preference will be given to projects with a focus on Aboriginal peoples or persons with disabilities.

Competitive call for Concept Paper

This call is open to all organizations that meet the eligibility criteria.
The application and review process consists of two stages:

  1. Submission of a Concept Paper with an emphasis on the project’s relevance, impact and capacity. Eligible organizations are invited to fill out and submit the Concept Paper template.
  2. Applicants whose Concept Paper is selected will then be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. Requirements for full proposals will be provided to applicants who are successful following the Concept Paper stage.

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