Impact Canada Initiative

Expression of Interest

An Expression of Interest is the first step in a transparent process that the Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU) uses to assess alignment with the goals and outcomes of the Impact Canada Initiative.

The IIU accepts Expressions of Interest from Canadian Federal Departments. Those that would like to work with the IIU are invited to submit an Expression of Interest through the following process:


  • Describe your proposed concept using the Expression of Interest template included in this document.
  • Be as concise as possible with your responses as each question has a maximum word count.
  • Answer all questions as best you can. Incomplete answers do not result in a rejection of the project or initiative.
Following your submission, a team member from the Impact and Innovation Unit may contact you to begin a conversation and ask follow-up questions.

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  • Policy/program mandate
  • Any policy or legislative authorities and/or program Terms and Conditions
  • Evidence and/or data to demonstrate that this is an issue
  • If the issue has been recognized as a Government of Canada/Ministerial priority (e.g., Mandate Letter, Speech from the Throne, Budget)
  • How the use of an innovative funding approach would help address the issue
  • Highest level of management support (e.g., Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister)
  • Origin of the project/initiative (e.g., departmental, funding proposal from an external source, other)
  • Evidence, data and/or underlying theories used to help design the project/initiative
  • Stage of development: a) idea, b) in development, c) ready to implement
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  • Project/initiative lead
  • Number of staff working on the project/initiative
  • Corporate services representatives (e.g., Chief Financial Office, legal, evaluation, communications)
  • Department’s level of comfort and experience in working on innovative outcomes-based projects and funding approaches
  • All potential sources of funds (e.g., departmental, other government, non-governmental)
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