We are looking to identify and fund promising solutions that can improve employer practices in Canada and engage employers in the economic integration of immigrants and refugees.
This funding opportunity is now closed.
Immigrants and refugees are key to Canada’s economic health today and to its future growth. Fully activating their economic potential has many benefits, both for individual lives and the Canadian economy as a whole.
Canadian employers, who have consistently reported labour shortages across a range of occupations, have a critical role to play in building more inclusive economies and supporting the success of immigrant and refugee workers.
Immigrants and refugees face significant challenges in gaining access to the labour market, especially at levels commensurate with their skills. Many are overrepresented in low-paying occupations and sectors with poor working conditions and limited opportunities for economic mobility. There is a clear need to engage employers in the labour market integration of immigrants and refugees.
To successfully match immigrant workers with jobs aligned with their skills, experience, and aspirations, and to help employers close labour shortages with qualified candidates, workforce development programs need to both center workers’ perspectives, as well as actively engage employers in their design and implementation.
This funding opportunity is now closed. Letters of intent (LOI) for this 2022 funding opportunity were accepted through November 15, 2021.
Following the review of LOIs, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal. Awardees will receive grants that are up to two years in length and range from CAD150,000 to CAD200,000. Selected applicants will become grantee partners of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund as part of the Fund’s partner community and have access to peer-learning, capacity building, and other programming.
Please be sure to first read through the full details on this page and in our FAQs. Then, eligible organizations may submit LOIs through our online application portal, SurveyMonkey Apply. You will need to create an account there first.
All LOIs must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply. Paper applications and applications sent by email will not be accepted.
The WES Mariam Assefa Fund is looking to fund ideas from organizations that directly engage employers to do one or more of the following:
Beyond the WES Mariam Assefa Fund team, a group of external reviewers will review LOIs and select applicants to move to the full proposal stage. We’re thrilled to be working with the following leaders who will share their perspectives and experiences to help with the selection process.
Applications will be reviewed using the following seven criteria areas: