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Employment Standards Training and Education Program (ESTEP)


The Employment Standards Training and Education Program (ESTEP) provides funding to eligible organizations for initiatives designed to help educate employees and small and medium-sized enterprises on their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

The program’s main focus is to help educate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and vulnerable workers (including newcomers and young workers).

The total available funding for the ESTEP is $500,000. Individual grant amounts will vary depending on the type of initiative proposed. The initiatives may vary in length and must be carried out in Q4 of 2017-18 and throughout 2018-19. Projects must end no later than March 31, 2019.

Key Program Objective

The key objective of the ESTEP is expanding the scope of the Ministry of Labour’s existing education and outreach efforts by funding external organizations to develop initiatives aimed at educating employees and SMEs on their rights and obligations under the ESA.


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply to the ESTEP, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Able to demonstrate the approximate capacity and approach to achieve and measure the estimated / projected outreach targets.

    • A non-profit organization that has been legally incorporated and in operation for at least two (2) years.

    • Able to establish and demonstrate governance and control.

    • Accountability processes are available and in place to administer funds and deliver services.

    • Proven reliable financial reporting.

    • In compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

    • Able to prepare and provide reports, as agreed in the contract and/or at the Ministry of Labour’s request.

Not Eligible for Funding

Applications will not be considered:

  • From individuals or profit-based organizations.
  • From organizations seeking deficit or emergency funding.
  • For projects outside of Ontario or with programming occurring outside of Ontario.
  • For religious and/or political activities.

Program Guidelines

Before applying, please read the ESTEP information below:

ESTEP Application Guideline

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ESTEP Information Session: September 28 and October 2, 2017

Applicant Checklist

The following items must be submitted by the deadline on October 30, 2017.

1. Completed and signed e-copy of application

2. Proof of incorporation date/Letters of Patent

3. Previous year’s financial statement


The ministry will be holding two (2) information sessions held by teleconference on:

1. Thursday September 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

2. Monday October 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

To register for these information sessions, please send an email request to EOP@ontario.ca by 4:00 pm on Tuesday September 26, 2017. The Ministry of Labour will provide you with the teleconferencing details upon confirmation.

If you have any questions regarding this Call for Proposal (CFP) process, please send an email to EOP@ontario.ca. All questions regarding this CFP must be submitted to the email address provided above by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Last updated: October 30, 2017