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Career Focus | Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC):


Maximum of 80% of the costs associated with operating and delivering approved activities; contribution recipients are required to leverage (to include contributions {cash or in-kind} provided by project partners other than the Department) a minimum of 20% of total project costs (contribution recipients who are employers funding their own work experience activities would be included as providing leveraging).


Career Focus provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth make more informed career decisions and develop their skills. The Program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy, a horizontal initiative involving eleven federal departments and agencies. Career Focus aims to:

  • Increase the supply of highly qualified workers
  • Facilitate the transition of highly-skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market
  • Promote the benefits of advanced studies
  • Demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy

Eligible Applicants

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Municipal governments
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils, and self-government entities)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies, and Crown Corporations

Eligible Expenses

  • Overhead costs, including costs related to central administrative functions of the recipient organization that are drawn upon to support agreement activities (such as shared postage, telephones, IT maintenance and head office)
  • The costs of materials and supplies
  • Wages and mandatory employment-related costs (MERCs)
  • Honoraria and hospitality costs
  • Printing and communication costs
  • Travel costs
  • Professional fees (such as consultants, IT, technical expertise, facilitation, legal, research, audit, assessment, and evaluation)
  • Capital costs
  • Other costs necessary to support the purpose of the funding, as approved by ESDC

Deadline Date

  Open and closes.


Contact Name: Career Focus

Phone Number: 1-800-935-5555


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