RapidSkills 2019-20

Amount: Total available funding for the pilot is $3M. MLTSD (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development) expects that individual Projects will not require more than $300,000 total in funding for partnership development, program development, and administration. Reasonable upward adjustments may be negotiated where the application provides a strong, demonstrated rationale for additional funding based on the nature of the proposal. The funding will be allocated based on eligible costs and through a competitive process based on the evaluation of the proposals. MLTSD reserves the right to set limits on the amount of funding an Applicant will receive.

Eligibility Criteria

Proposals may be submitted by the following types of organizations:

  • Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Employers, industry associations, unions, and workforce development partners
  • First Nations governments
  • Indigenous Institutes
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Ontario publicly assisted universities
  • Ontario school boards
  • Private career colleges

Organizations are permitted to submit more than one proposal.

Proposed projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Serve target clients of the program (i.e., laid-off, at-risk, or underutilized workers)
  • Offer training that is no longer than 500 hours in duration
  • Meet the training needs of industry and employers
  • Provide training that equips clients with a clearly defined set of in-demand skills and knowledge
  • Have a clear method of recognizing completion of training
  • Be ineligible for other forms of provincial funding (e.g., the Core Operating Grant in the case of publicly assisted colleges and universities)


Eligible Cost

  • Partnership development (and other initiatives related to ensuring there are appropriate relationships in place between organizations to deliver a Microcredentials pilot Project);
  • Program development (including curriculum)
  • Administrative costs related to Project (to a maximum of 10% of total budgeted costs)


11:59 a.m. on January 31, 2020