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Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Quality Improvement Projects │Employment and Social Development Canada


Up to $2 million.


  • Quality Improvement Project funding will help develop and promote best practices or innovative models in Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) programs
  • We will fund Indigenous communities, governments and organizations that are exploring ways to improve IELCC
  • You can apply for up to $2 million
  • Projects can last up to 36 months
  • You can submit 1 application. If you submit more than 1 application, we will only review the first one you submit

Eligible Applicants

Your organization must be 1 of the following types of recipients:

  • Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous governments
  • Indigenous organizations

Eligible Expenses

Fund projects that aim to achieve at least 1 of the following objectives:

  • defining what high-quality Indigenous ELCC means to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. This could include:
    • designing governance models that support Indigenous-led ELCC decision-making
    • testing different ways of developing partnerships, and
    • designing ways to measure results and success
  • finding ways to support ongoing education and training for IELCC leaders, management, and staff
  • building and strengthening local IELCC licensing rules and procedures, and
  • making tools and training that support IELCC staff who work with children with special needs

Deadline Date

  The application period was extended to April 14, 2023.
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