New ESDC Funding Program – June 30th deadline

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced a Call for Proposal for a new program “Women’s Employment Readiness Pilot Program.”

The program is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which negatively affected women. The program targets four groups of women:

  • racialized and/or Indigenous women
  • women with disabilities
  • women from the LGBTQ2 community
  • women who have been out of the workforce for a long time

As is ESDC’s usual stipulation, the projects must be national in scope, i.e., 2 or more provinces/territories.

Eligible activities are 1) test pre-employment and skills development supports and 2) test models to improve workplace inclusivity. Pre-employment and skills development supports are “are foundational and transferable skills training (including literacy and essential skills training or the Skills for Success Model) and wrap-around supports.”

I was pleased to see the inclusion of wrap-around supports, an area all to often ignored by funders. The Call for Proposals gives the following examples of wrap around supports:

  • childcare
  • living expenses
  • transportation
  • appropriate work clothing
  • mentorship
  • sponsorship

This funding program will be of interest to literacy and training organizations, industry associations, labour and employers.

I know that most adult literacy, adult education and training programs already work in these areas and would welcome the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing these groups of women.

The deadline for proposals is June 30th which is a very short timeline for building a national project.

For information about the funding program, please go to:

Women’s Employment Readiness Pilot Program

About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans over 35 years as a senior government policy advisor and program manager and partnership developer; director of labour for a national business/labour skills centre and as an independent consultant. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.
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