February 2019: Inaugural Call for Projects
Employment and Social Development Canada’s original call for proposals to establish the Future Skills Centre encouraged proponents to identify an initial suite of ready-to-launch projects.
The consortium partners identified 12 projects through targeted stakeholder engagement. Six projects were eventually selected following an adjudication process by the Centre’s interim project sub-committee.
On April 2, 2019, the Future Skills Centre announced $11.58M in funding over two years for six inaugural innovation projects:
The adjudication was based on an established set of evaluation criteria, including:
- Addressing a clearly defined and well-specified need related to skills development;
- Alignment with the Centre’s Goals to create opportunities for under-represented and vulnerable groups;
- Demonstration that the projects use new and innovative approaches and ideas to answer questions that have not been previously answered about skills development challenges; and,
- Generating useful and actionable evidence on what works in skills development.