Call for Concepts - Step 2 - Solicited Call - WHVPF: Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund - Closed

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Application period

Current status: Closed

This call ran from September 29, 2022 to October 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Only organizations invited by Employment and Social Development Canada can apply.

Description of the program

The Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund (WHVPF) is a Grants and Contributions program. WHVPF will invest in projects that will create safer workplaces for federally regulated employees. Through this funding, partner organizations will receive funding to co-develop sector-specific tools and resources that address these workplace issues. Approaches could include behavioural changes, education and guidance, to ensure the physical and psychological health and safety of employees. These projects will help workplaces comply with Bill C-65—legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces.

This Call for Concepts (CFC) was separated into a two-step intake processes for the funding of WHVPF projects. Only organizations whose concepts were selected during Step 1 of this Call for Concepts can proceed to Step 2. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has asked organizations that submitted successful concepts to provide a detailed proposal. This proposal will be examined for further consideration for funding as part of Step 2.

COVID-19 may affect grants and contributions projects. For more information consult: What you should know if your project is affected by COVID-19


Only organizations that met the eligibility and assessment criteria in Step 1 were invited to apply for Step 2.

All detailed proposals are subject to be assessed and reviewed. Not all organizations that respond to Step 2 of the CFC will receive funding.

Eligible applicants

Eligible organizations or businesses:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Federally regulated private sector organizations
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-governing entities)
  • Unions

Note to organizations located and operating in Quebec

If we accept your application for funding, you will need to get approval from the Quebec government before you can accept our contribution.

Consult the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif.

Eligible Projects

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • the completed Application for Funding Form (EMP5523) must be received by ESDC within the allowed timelines (read the Applicant Guide attached to the invitation email. This guide includes details on each question to help you complete your application form.)
  • an eligible applicant must submit the application
  • duration cannot exceed 36 months and must end by March 31, 2026
  • request no more than $2,000,000 per project
  • meet at least one (1) program objective
  • demonstrate eligibility and capacity to undertake activities and meet objectives
  • describe the undertaken activities; including milestones and/or outcomes to be achieved within the period covered by the agreement
  • meet at least one (1) of the short term results and/or intermediate results (expected results of the program).The expected results must be specific, concrete and measurable (qualitative or quantitative)
  • focus on at least one (1) of the following federally regulated private sectors:
    • banks
    • marine shipping, ferry and port services
    • air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
    • railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders
    • canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges (crossing provincial borders)
    • telephone, telegraph and cable systems
    • radio and television broadcasting
    • grain elevators, feed and seed mills
    • uranium mining and processing
    • businesses dealing with the protection of fisheries as a natural resource
    • First Nation managed organizations in First Nations communities such as band councils, or
    • private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act
  • ESDC will review and evaluate the proposal based on the clarity and adequacy of the information presented in the Application for Funding Form (EMP5523)

Organizations invited to Step 2 of this Call for Concepts

  • Berens River First Nation
  • Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
  • CommeHome Social Services
  • Long Plain First Nations
  • Nokiiwin Tribal Council
  • Public Legal Education and Information Society of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB)
  • Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland (PLIAN)
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Saskatoon Industry-Education Council (SIEC)
  • South Asian Legal Clinic of British Colombia (SALCBC)
  • The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS)
  • Tk'emlups te Secwepemc
  • Trucking HR Canada
  • University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)
  • Workers Resource Centre

ESDC invited these organizations to apply for Step 2 of this Call for Concepts. They will not automatically receive funding. They must submit a full proposal for consideration.

The Proactive disclosure page discloses details on funded projects.

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Please contact before October 26, 2022 for questions on:

  • this program
  • related forms
  • related documents

Please note that it may take up to 48 hours to receive a response. If you send a late question, you may not receive a response prior to the deadline.

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