Federal Government Programs

Programs for Youth

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program is officially accepting applications for summer 2019.

The Canada Summer Jobs program provides employers the chance to create much-needed summer job opportunities for young Canadians, while strengthening our local economies and communities.

These summer jobs allow for youth to gain experience, learn new skills, and make connections with the business community.

Funding opportunities are available to all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with less than 50 staff.  Applicants must create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years.  A change this year is that the program is open to all people aged 15-30, and is no longer limited to just students.

Also changed in the CSJ program this year is the removal of last year’s controversial attestation question for applications.  I would like to thank businesses, local organizations, and community groups whose work in making their displeasure with the attestation known helped lead to the question’s removal.

The Canada Summer Jobs program application period began on December 17th, 2018, and applications will only be accepted until February 3, 2019Applicants can apply online, in person at any Service Canada, or by mail.

For more information on the CSJ Program, or for information on how to apply please, click here.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)
FSWEP provides full-time students with the opportunity to explore their interests and develop their skills. Jobs are offered on a full time or part time basis and students are not required to have previous work experience to be eligible for the program. Jobs are located all across Canada as well as in France!
Deadline: The Campaigns generally launch in the fall and continue for one year after that posting

International Youth Internship Program
The International Youth Internship Program offers post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work. To qualify youth must be between the ages of 19 and 30, be a post-secondary graduate, graduate of a degree or diploma in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (General Vocational College). Internships are a minimum of six-months and focus of a variety of international development and social issues.
Deadline: vary, visit website for more information

Programs for Seniors

New Horizons Program for Seniors

The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 15, 2018, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit:

  • the vulnerable seniors populations,
  • focus on diversity of Canada’s seniors; and
  • will promote volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. Starting this year, organizations that have not benefitted from NHSP funding during the last five years can receive up to $5,000 as part of the new small grants pilot project.

The Government recognizes the remarkable contributions that seniors make to our communities. By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help reinforce partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, the Government is confirming its commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

Deadline: June 15, 2018 – Closed – All applicants will be receiving an acknowledgement receipt of their application within 21 days following the closing date of the call for proposals. Applicants will be informed of the final decision in writing. Letters or emails will be sent by the Department in early 2019. Recipients must not start their projects until an agreement has been signed by a representative of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Please note that not all applications submitted under this CFP will be approved. Funding is limited and is subject to budget considerations of ESDC, and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.


For more information on Senior Programming stop by our constituency office in Saskatoon to pick up a brochure with more senior services

Programs for Employees and Employers

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

The Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person.

To be eligible for the AIG-W, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • self-identify as a woman;
  • have the required AIG-W supporting documents;
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade having low female representation;
  • have progressed in your training in designated Red Seal trades on or after April 1, 2018; and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year/level (or equivalent) of apprenticeship.

Applications will open in early December 2018.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant
The ACG grant provides a one-time taxable $2000 maximum grant to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship training and obtained their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Deal trade on or after January 1, 2009.
Deadline: The application deadline is June 30 of the calendar year following the date of competition of an approved apprenticeship program.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Taxable cash grants of $1,000 per year to a maximum of $2000 per person. This funding is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year (or equivalent) on an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal Trade.
Deadline: The application deadline is June 30 of the calendar year following the date you completed the year/level (equivalent) for which you are applying.

Granting Programs

Employment and Social Development Canada- Funding List

This link provides information on granting programs from Employment and Social Development Canada and their application processes. Programs include the New Horizons for Seniors Program, and the Enabling Accessibility Fund listed below.

To view the list please click here.

Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Community Accessibility Stream

The Community Accessibility Stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund is designed to provide funding to eligible recipients for projects that improve accessibility in communities across Canada. Projects may include:

  • renovating, retrofitting or constructing community facilities where programs or services are offered to people with disabilities;
  • retrofitting motor vehicles used as community-based transportation; and,
  • providing information and communications technologies to make them more accessible for the community.

To be considered eligible for funding, projects must be directly related to removing barriers and increasing accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities. All projects must also respond to funding priorities identified during calls for proposals, including support from their community.

Deadline: July 26th, 2018

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The Workplace Accessibility Stream

The Workplace Accessibility Stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund provides funding to eligible recipients for projects that improve accessibility in workplaces across Canada. Projects may include:

  • renovating, retrofitting or constructing workplaces in which job opportunities for people with disabilities could be created or maintained;
  • retrofitting motor vehicles for work use ; and,
  • providing information and communications technologies for work use.

To be considered eligible for funding, projects must be directly related to maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities. All projects must also respond to funding priorities identified during calls for proposals, including support from their community.


July 26th, 2018

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The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible organizations interested in receiving contribution funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund for mid-sized projects. Funding will support the construction, renovation and retrofit of accessible facilities or venues in Canadian communities that offer or plan to offer programs and/or services that focus on a holistic approach in addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities.

This is the first of a two-step application process. For this first step, the Government of Canada is seeking an overview of your proposed project. As this is a competitive process, not all Applications for Funding will be retained. If your Application for Funding is retained, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. At that time, you will be asked to provide additional information about your proposed project.

Notes: Funded projects are expected to begin in early 2019. Eligible organizations may submit a maximum of one (1) Application for Funding in this process.  Deadline for applications is currently closed

For more information please click here.

Other Programs

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals is helping honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals, by supporting Indigenous organizations, including women’s and 2 Spirit organizations, and Indigenous governments to work with communities to develop and implement commemorative initiatives.

Deadline: March 28, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. (PST).

The commemoration fund will build on existing commemoration initiatives and support new ones across the country.


Canada 150 Infrastructure Funding Program
The CIP 150 is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the 150th anniversary celebration of Canadian Confederation. Programs are assessed against eligible activities that support community infrastructure and preference is to be given to those that provide upgrade to recreational facilities, advance a clean growth economy; and or impact on indigenous communities. For a full list of eligibility please click on the link below The government. Western Economic Diversification Canada is responsible for administering the program in Western Provinces.
Deadline: June 22nd for the second call for proposals.

CBC Pilot Radio Transcript Project makes Canadian public radio accessible to a wide and diverse audience- Press Release
From the release: “Access to free, daily transcripts makes the culturally relevant and informative content on The Current available to millions of Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing.
By providing the opportunity for audiences to read along as they listen, the transcripts are also a useful tool for people who are developing or deepening their English language skills. Radio transcripts give English language learners an opportunity to engage with radio content at their own pace.”
To read the full release click here.