Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program - Youth Focused Projects - How to apply

How to apply

Application period: Closed on November 22, 2023 at 3:59 pm Eastern Time.

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Use the Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) to apply.

If you do not have a GCOS account, you are strongly encouraged to create one as soon as possible. It may take up to two weeks to finalize your GCOS account.

What is the Grants and Contributions Online Service (GCOS)?

GCOS allows you to apply and track multiple applications online. You can check your application status, sign agreements, manage, submit documents and review past projects submitted through GCOS.

To apply through the GCOS system, you will need to create a GCOS account the first time you use the system. 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.

Confirmation of receipt

If you submit your application through GCOS, you will receive an acknowledgment immediately and a tracking number.

Other ways to apply

While we recommend applying via GCOS, you can also apply by email:

By email

To apply by email, download and complete the application form.

How to submit your application

Email your application to the email address applicable for your organization location Province or Territory by 3:59 pm Eastern Time on November 22, 2023.

Atlantic provinces

Applications for organization locations in Atlantic provinces, including New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, must be sent to:


Applications for organization locations in Ontario must be sent to:


Applications for organization locations in Quebec must be sent to:

Western provinces and territories

Applications for organization locations in Western provinces and territories, including Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and Yukon, must be sent to:

About PDFs

Our application form uses PDF form technology. You must have a PDF reader installed to use the form correctly. There are several readers available on the Internet for free that support our form:

    • Adobe Reader (you must use a version of Adobe Reader 8 or higher, for example Adobe Acrobat DC Reader)
    • Foxit Reader

If you do not use the recommended readers (Adobe Acrobat 8 or higher or Foxit Reader), ESDC may receive a blank application from you.

Downloading the application form
  1. Make sure that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or higher or Foxit Reader installed on your system.
  2. Select the Application form
  3. When prompted to open or save the form, select the down arrow on the “Save” button, and select ”Save as”.
  4. Select your folder location and save (file type must be PDF).
  5. Reopen the form from your computer:
    1. select the “Open with” option
    2. choose option to open with either Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit
  6. Make sure that the form opens in one of the Reader Softwares (Adobe or Foxit), by looking at the top of your screen. For example, you should see:
    • ESDC-EMP 5717.pdf (SECURED) – Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    • ESDC-EMP 5717.pdf (SECURED) – Foxit PhantomPDF
  7. Begin inputting and save your information.
  8. Before submitting your application make sure that the Application form is completed, and all information has saved properly.
Moving within a form

To move from one field to the next on the form, hit “Tab”. This ensures that you do not accidently skip over any fields.

Forms that perform calculations

Some sections of the form perform calculations based on the amounts you enter and will automatically calculate totals in the appropriate fields. You are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of any information submitted. Please double-check all data you enter.

Submit one application only

Submit only one copy of your application to ESDC. Submitting multiple copies of the same application or submitting the same application by using various methods will cause longer processing times for your application.

When you'll get a funding decision

We expect to make funding decisions in Spring 2024.

You should not start your project until you hear from us.

If you apply through GCOS, you will be able to track the status of your application throughout the process.

Not all submitted applications will be selected for funding, as funding is limited. Please note that decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

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