ISET Call for Project Proposals

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Call for Project Proposals

Skills Training Projects

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is seeking proposals from organizations for Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) projects for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Projects can begin activity as of April 2023. Two-year projects can be considered. Application deadline is February 17th, 2023.

Call for Proposals Application



Through the Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) – Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Congress) provides assistance and funding to support projects for training and skills development for Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve.


Project Proposals


The Congress is seeking project proposals that provide the opportunity for Aboriginal Peoples to gain the skills required to find employment, and to fill gaps in sectors experiencing skills and labour shortages.




The Congress’s ISET program targets non-Status Indians, Métis, and southern Inuit Indigenous Peoples in Canada living in urban, rural, and remote areas (off-reserve).


Priority will be given to projects that:


  • Provides skills training that results in provincially-accredited or industry-recognized certification
  • Provides skills training that leads to employment for participants
  • Targets non-Status Indians, Metis, and Southern Inuit
  • Includes a focus on priority vulnerable groups (i.e. single parents, youth at risk, clients with multiple barriers, etc.)
  • Addresses identified or forecasted labour market shortages
  • Includes partnerships and/or in-kind contributions


Organizations intending to submit a project proposal are encouraged to contact the Congress to discuss project goals and proposal requirements. Please contact Sarah Mitchell at



Proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:


  1. Application is complete                                                   5%
  2. Organizational capacity                                                   10%
  3. Project goals, activities and timelines                          20%
  4. Meets demand driven skills development                   20%
  5. Partnership development                                               20%
  6. Priority targets                                                                  15%
  7. Accountability and results                                              10%

Total                                                                                               100%


Proposals should be complete and include all required elements. Organizational capacity refers to management systems, financial systems, and financial accountability policies and procedures. Budget costs should be explained and appropriate, and reflect fair market value. Project goals, activities, and timelines must be stated and achievable; and include: a) detailed client recruitment process and promotional activities; b) systems to support and retain clients throughout the skills training intervention, and; c) client training plan. List any Aboriginal content or components. Project activities should support client entry to labour market and the project should address identified or forecasted labour market shortages (provide information and/or data on labour market needs). The project should include partnerships, agreements, MOUs and/or in-kind contributions. Projects must address priority targets (non-Status Indians, Metis, and Southern Inuit) and be cost-effective (i.e. cost per client). Proposals will be assessed by the Congress’s internal review committee. Results will be announced April 2023.


Application Process


Proposals can be submitted on-line. The deadline for receipt of proposals is midnight February 17th, 2023. The application is available on the CAP website under the “Indigenous Skills and Employment Training program”. One application per organization up to a maximum of $150,000 will be accepted. Proposals can be emailed to CAP at:


The Congress will provide funding for skills training projects based on an annual maximum limit, and confirmation of available funds from the department of Employment and Social Development Canada.


If you have questions or require further information, please contact Sarah Mitchell at