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


Up to $750,000


The program will fund Indigenous communities, governments and organizations that are exploring ways to improve Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC). You can apply for up to $750,000. Projects can last up to 19 months, and can not extend past March 31, 2023

Eligible Applicants

You are one of the following types of recipients:

  • Indigenous communities
  • Indigenous governments
  • Indigenous organizations

Note for organizations in Québec:
Some applicants in the province of Quebec are subject to the Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (R.S.Q. c. M-30) of the Government of Quebec. These applicants are eligible to submit a proposal. However, if we accept your project, you will also need to obtain the approval of the Government of Quebec before we can fund your project.

Eligible Expenses

We will fund projects that aim to achieve at least one 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

April 14, 2021
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