Call For Project Proposals

Skills Training Projects

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) seeks proposals from organizations for Indigenous Skills and Employment Training projects every year. Future calls for proposals will be posted here.

Application deadline was January 27th, 2020.

Proposal Application


Through the Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) – Indigenous Skills and Employment Training program, CAP provides assistance and funding for training and skills development to Aboriginal Peoples living off-reserve. The program is designed to help Aboriginal Peoples prepare for and find jobs that will help address Canada’s labour market challenges.

Project Proposals

CAP is seeks project proposals that provide the opportunity for Aboriginal Peoples to gain the skills required to find employment, and to fill gaps in sectors experiencing skills and labour shortages. CAP’s ISET program targets non-status and status Indians living in urban, rural and remote areas (off-reserve), Métis, and southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


CAP’s ISET program targets non-Status Indians, Métis, and southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples in Canada living in urban, rural, and remote areas (off-reserve).

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Provide skills training that results in provincially-accredited or industry-recognized certification
  • Provide skills training that leads to employment for participants
  • Target non-Status Indians, Metis, and Southern Inuit
  • Include a focus on priority vulnerable groups (i.e. single parents, youth at risk, clients with multiple barriers, etc.)
  • Address identified or forecasted labour market shortages
  • Include partnerships and/or in-kind contributions

Organizations intending to submit a project proposal are encouraged to contact the CAP to discuss project goals and proposal requirements. Please contact Sarah Mitchell at 1-888-997-9927 or


Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Application is complete 5%
  2. Organizational capacity 10%
  3. Project goals, activities and timelines 20%
  4. Meets demand driven skills development 20%
  5. Partnership Development 20%
  6. Priority Targets 15%
  7. Accountability and Results 10%

Total               100%

Proposals should be complete and include all required elements. Organizational capacity refers to management systems, financial systems, and financial accountability policies and procedures. Budget costs should be explained and appropriate, and reflect fair market value. Project goals, activities, and timelines must be stated and achievable; and include: a) detailed client recruitment process and promotional activities; b) systems to support and retain clients throughout the skills training intervention, and; c) client training plan. List any Aboriginal content or components. Project activities should support client entry to labour market, and the project should address identified or forecasted labour market shortages (provide information and/or data on labour market needs). The project should include partnerships, agreements, MOUs and/or in-kind contributions. Projects must address priority targets (non-Status Indians, Metis and Southern Inuit) and be cost-effective (i.e. cost per client).

Proposals will be assessed by the CAP’s Internal Review Committee. Results will be announced April 2020.

Application Process

Proposals can be submitted on-line or by mail. The deadline for receipt of proposals (or postmarked) was midnight January 27th, 2020. The application package is available on the CAP website under the “Indigenous Skills and Employment Training program” page. One application per organization up to a maximum of $150,000 will be accepted. Proposals can be emailed to CAP at:, or mailed to, or mailed to:

ISET program department

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

867 St. Laurent Blvd.

Ottawa, ON


CAP will provide funding to skills training projects based on an annual maximum limit, and confirmation of available funds from the department of Employment Social Development Canada.

If you have questions or require further information, please contact Sarah Mitchell at 1-888-997-9927, ext. 201; or