Call for Proposals

Thematic call for projects to support mid-career workers

Canada’s current skills development infrastructure offers few training opportunities for mid-career workers. Yet this group will undoubtedly be impacted by labour market disruptions that will displace existing jobs, create new jobs that demand different skills, and change the trajectory of many Canadians’ working lives. In many sectors and regions, labour market disruption is already occurring, leaving many Canadians in precarious economic positions without the support they need to build new skills, increase their capacity, and navigate an increasingly complex world of work.  

The FSC-CCF is seeking proposals for innovative projects that help fill gaps in training opportunities for mid-career workers. The Centre will work with successful project proponents to support efforts to generate forward looking, responsive, and evidence-informed solutions to better meet the needs of mid-career workers facing challenges in the labour market.

How to Apply

Please read the application instructions in full before submitting an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

The FSC-CCF defines a “mid-career worker” as an individual who has been working for several years.

The objective of this Support for Mid-Career Workers call is to test and evaluate innovative projects that have the potential to generate actionable evidence about how to better meet the skills needs of mid-career workers. FSC-CCF is seeking proposals from applicants to deliver projects that help answer the question: how can we better support mid-career workers to succeed in the labour market?

Potential areas of focus include:

  • Supporting displaced workers – In the future Canadian workers will face new and changing skills requirements in the workplace. What are the most promising approaches for supporting these workers, and are there innovative solutions that could help these workers build resilience and adapt to future changes in the labour market?
  • Building skills of workers in need of up-skilling – Many more mid-career workers are at risk of displacement or will face new job requirements in the future. How can stakeholders work together to support these incumbent workers to ensure they are prepared for the workplace of tomorrow?
  • Ongoing learning and career progression – Our current skills development systems are largely oriented towards helping people find jobs. Fewer supports exist to promote lifelong learning, career advancement, and resilience to labour market changes for mid-career workers, especially those with out of date skills. How can we better support ongoing learning and career progression for these workers?

Eligible project activities include:

  • Development and evaluation of new approaches for measuring or communicating skills to help facilitate more successful labour market transitions for mid-career workers;
  • Development of new approaches or adaptation of existing models of potential skills development solutions for mid-career workers;
  • Rigorous testing of innovative skills development solutions for mid-career workers to assess their effectiveness in improving participants’ labour market prospects;
  • Consultations, needs assessments, or partnership development to better understand high priority skills development needs for mid-career workers.

Applications may be submitted by a sole organization or with multiple partners, including:

  • Legally incorporated non-profit organizations, including non-profit social enterprises and registered charities
  • Publicly-funded post-secondary institutions
  • Industry associations
  • Professional associations
  • Municipalities or District Social Services Administration Boards
  • For-profit companies (provided the project is undertaken at cost with no mark ups or profit incorporated)

For applications with multiple partners, one organization must be identified as the lead applicant. Applicants are only eligible to lead on one application, but may participate in more than one application.

The following types or organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • Provincial or territorial government
  • Federal government bodies
  • Individual persons

Projects of all different sizes and stages of development will be considered. The maximum award for a project is $1.5 million, and the maximum duration for a project is 24 months.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance and need
    • Projects must be designed to address a clearly defined and well-specified need related to skills development challenges faced by mid-career workers.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
    • Projects should align with the FSC-CCF’s goals to create opportunities for underrepresented, marginalized and vulnerable groups and incorporate diverse knowledge, worldviews, and experiences.
  • Innovation
    • Projects will use new approaches and ideas. This could include:
      • Testing promising approaches from outside Canada;
      • Using new platforms or approaches for consulting with target populations;
      • Piloting an established approach with a new target population; and,
      • Scaling a small-scale approach to rigorously assess impact.
  • Impact and evidence
    • Projects must be positioned to add to the knowledge base and generate actionable evidence that contributes to our understanding of how to strengthen Canada’s skills development ecosystem
  • Capacity to deliver
    • Project proponents must have proven organizational capacity to implement innovative skills development approaches at the scale and scope required and to participate in research, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization activities
  • Aligned scale and budget
    • The budget of projects will reflect their scale and complexity