May 2020: Shock Proofing the Future

Call for Proposals

Workers hit by Covid-19 need funding for rapid skills development.

As the next step in our pandemic response plan, this $15-million call for proposals for labour market innovations is to help build resiliency in the face of social and economic shock.

The objective of this call is to support all industries with challenges to mitigate, and also looks for new opportunities that can be further leveraged, accelerating skills training to help many navigate an evolving job market.

FSC is seeking proposals for activities such as research, network development and innovation pilots that target sectors, regions, and populations facing pressing needs and recognize emerging opportunities that examine new insights and models across three levels of the skills ecosystem:

  • Support for individuals: to help inform training and career paths for workers, especially those who face barriers based on geography, background or experience.
  • Support for organizations: to adopt new technologies and expand the understanding of a new health and safety environment, policy development and program delivery for large and small businesses, government, educational institutions and service delivery organizations.  
  • Systems change: to promote innovative approaches to policy and program development and re-engineering of processes in large and small businesses, government, educational institutions, or service delivery organizations.

Application Process

Interested individuals, organizations, or consortiums from across Canada are invited to submit a proposal which will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous intake basis starting May 26, 2020 through to September 1, 2020. 

Due to overwhelming interest in the Shock-Proofing the Future of Work Call, funding decisions are now expected within eight weeks of submission date.

Please read the Guidelines and Application Instructions, which outline the application process. If you have any questions about this call for proposals, please email

Our next webinars will be held in mid-July and registration links will be posted the week of July 6th. Sign up to our mailing list to get notified of future sessions!

All recordings to our informational webinars will be available on our website.

For more information on the Shock Proofing Call:

  1. Download the Guidelines PDF (292 KB)
  2. View the Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Resource: Shared Outcomes PDF (523 KB)
  4. Webinar Registration
  5. Application Forms:

If you have questions about our call for proposals process, please email

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