Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Your member of parliament for


Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Your member of parliament for



Call for Proposals

Employment and Social
Development Canada

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

Deadline: Mar 6, 2018 at 11:59PM (PST)
Call Description: Launched in 1997, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) was designed to fill a gap in federal supports for Canadians with disabilities who are not eligible for the Employment Insurance program or training support. The program is intended to assist Canadians with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment. The OF supports a broad range of activities, including wage subsidies, skills development, self-employment assistance, and employer awareness. Eligible OF contribution recipients may include:
       • not-for-profit organizations;
       • municipal governments;
       • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
       • for-profit organizations; and
       • provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown corporations (with approval from the Minister).

Link: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/disability-opportunity-national.html

Infrastructure Canada

Smart Cities Challenge

Deadline: Apr 24, 2018 at 11:59PM (EST)
Call Description: The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
       • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
       • Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and
       • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.

Infrastructure Canada is engaging Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations to finalize the design of a competition specific to Indigenous communities that will reflect their unique realities and issues. Indigenous communities are also eligible to compete for all the prizes in the current competition.

The Challenge will be an open and transparent process. Communities that submit proposals will also post them online, so that residents and stakeholders can see them. An independent Jury will be appointed to select finalists and winners.

Communities interested in participating should visit the Impact Canada Challenge Platform for the applicant guide and more information.
Link: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html

Status of Women Canada

Gender Based Violence: Promising Practices to Support Survivors and their Families

Deadline: Mar 1, 2018 at 12:00PM (PST)
Call Description: The Government of Canada is committed to furthering its partnership with civil society and recognizes the important role of advocacy in furthering shared goals. As the federal agency that promotes equality between women and men in all aspects of Canadian life, Status of Women Canada (SWC) is responsible for exercising leadership and working in partnership to promote and advance equality. By supporting community-based action and innovation for women and girls in Canada, including ending violence against women and girls, SWC creates conditions for success for all Canadians.

The Government is taking action to end gender-based violence (GBV) through It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. The strategy builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV, and is based on three pillars:
       • Prevention;
       • Support for survivors and their families; and
       • Promotion of responsive legal and justice systems.

SWC is launching a call for concepts for projects to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada. This call for concepts supports the second pillar, namely to develop promising practices to support survivors and their families. Through the GBV Program, SWC will strengthen the GBV sector to address gaps in supports for two groups of survivors:

       • Indigenous women and their communities, and
       • Underserved populations, such as those who are more at risk of GBV and/or who are facing barriers to
        accessing services. These include, but are not limited to: children and youth, ethno-cultural
        women, LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women,
        seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern,
        rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.

Please refer to the GBV Program page for information on principles that should taken into account when developing the concept.

The development of a concept is the first stage in this application process. SWC will review all concepts submitted. Those that meet the assessment criteria will be invited to develop and submit a full proposal, for which pre-operational funding (up to $30,000 will be available). All full proposals will be assessed, and approved projects will be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in project funding.
Link: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/fun-fin/cfc-adc/2018-1/pp-en.html

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

Deadline: Feb 16, 2018 at 11:59PM (EST)
Call Description: This program was developed in response to needs that the National Indigenous Organizations identified through engagement on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The program provides funding to support Indigenous communities in the development and implementation of community-based climate monitoring projects.

The goal of the program is to support Indigenous peoples in monitoring climate indicators, which will provide the data required to inform community adaptation actions. In addition, the data can help address climate data gaps within Canada and improve climate models and weather predictions.
Link: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1509728370447/1509728402247

Post-Secondary Partnerships Program

Deadline: Feb 23, 2018 at 11:59PM (EST)
Call Description: This program is a competitive, proposal-driven process based on merit and focused on meeting labour market needs. It supports projects that deliver a program of study or develop new courses and programs tailored for First Nation and Inuit students.

Priority is given to project proposals that:
       •focus on the labour market, with specific outcomes and objectives
       •lead to high-demand jobs in the Canadian economy or within First Nation or Inuit communities (such
        as governance)
       •respond to the educational needs of First Nation and Inuit students
       •use innovative and efficient delivery methods to increase the availability of education in remote
       •have a plan towards financial self-sustainability
       •contain short duration, undergraduate level courses
       •include funding partners with a firm commitment to monetary participation

Proposals are reviewed by regional selection committees and assessed against these criteria. Recommendations from each region are validated by the national selection committee. Funding is provided through contribution agreements ranging from one to two years. The courses developed by institutions, through this funding, are open to all students, including Métis.

Eligible expenditures only include actual costs directly associated with designing and delivering programming. Capital expenses are not eligible.
Link: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033691/1100100033692