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Call for Proposals in Talent & Workforce Development

This program is currently closed for proposal submissions.

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Together, we are capable of so much more.

Digital is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for talent and workforce development projects in our Digital Learning Lab.

The Digital Learning Lab is the Digital Supercluster’s national innovation platform for digital talent and workforce development. Together with our partners, we are reducing the cost and time required in preparing individuals to be job ready for the digital economy. As economic change accelerates, Canadians need accessible, low-cost, short-cycle training to develop digital skills quickly and affordably.

By investing in high-potential and best-in-class projects, this call for proposals will enable roughly 5000 Canadians to find their path toward a well-paying job in a high-growth industry. To achieve this, we are partnering with innovative projects that show a proven track record in digital skilling and workforce development. These projects will deliver training and support work-integrated learning in one or both of the following priority areas:

  • Foundational Digital Skills: The ability to safely use digital devices and tools to accomplish goals, such as accessing resources online, improving productivity or connecting safely with virtual communities.
  • Functional Digital Skills: Role-specific digital skills and competencies that enable individuals to work in a digital job, such as data science or digital marketing.
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Successful projects will:

  • Deliver training that provides skilling opportunities for people looking to enter the digital workforce, reskilling opportunities for people undergoing a career transition in the digital workforce or upskilling opportunities for people in the workforce within one or both priority areas.
  • Provide opportunities that lead to a micro-credential or be a meaningful step towards an employer qualification.
  • Prioritize the inclusion and participation of underrepresented groups, including gender diverse people, racialized Canadians, new immigrants, people with disabilities, older workers and Indigenous people.
  • Offer an innovative approach to skilling and workforce development that helps make learning faster, more affordable, effective and accessible to Canadians.
  • Be ready to deliver training between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024 with first cohorts starting ideally in the April – June 2023 period.
  • Connect participants with employers looking to find, train and retain skilled digital talent.
  • Be collaborative in nature.
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Our strength is in collaboration. 

We emphasize a collaborative approach to innovation where groups of complementary organizations work together to build stronger, more powerful solutions. As such, projects are expected to have the right mix of organizational capabilities to meet the project’s objectives. In particular, we emphasize collaboration with industry partners.

To be considered eligible, projects will have one lead organization and at least one partner involved in project delivery.

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