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Skills Catalyst Fund


The government is launching the Skills Catalyst Fund to support new and existing high-impact projects/pilots addressing Highly Skilled Workforce priorities for up to two years through an open, competitive Call for Proposals. The Fund will support initiatives that foster greater collaboration, innovation, and inclusion in Ontario’s labour market— connecting the ‘supply’ of talent developed through education and training with the skills needs and ‘demands’ of employers.


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Skills Catalyst Fund, an applicant must be one of the following:

• private sector firm employer

• education or training provider (i.e. school boards, colleges, universities, professional accreditation bodies, employment training organizations, Aboriginal Educational Institutes)

• business development organization (i.e. professional, industry, sector associations, labour and economic development organizations)

• municipalities, First Nations government

• non-profit organization (i.e. Indigenous organizations)

In addition, the applicant must:

• be licensed to operate in Ontario

• be in full compliance with all applicable laws

• maintain appropriate workplace safety standards

• have third party general liability insurance of no less than $2 million per occurrence

Organizations may not submit multiple applications as a lead proponent. However, proponents may participate or collaborate in more than one proposal.

Developing strong partnerships is a key objective of the Skills Catalyst Fund and as such, proposed projects must include some form of partnership or consortia. While a range of partnerships are possible, partnership and consortia representation is encouraged from each of the following:

• Employers in the non-profit and private sector in Ontario

• Education / training providers (e.g., post-secondary institutions, professional accreditation bodies, employment training organizations, etc.)

• Business development organizations (e.g., industry associations, labour and economic development organizations, etc.)

• Intermediaries bringing together employers, job seekers, and / or educators

Program Guidelines


Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Workforce Policy Innovation Division
Partnership and Implementation Branch
Email: skillscatalystfund@ontario.ca

Last updated: January 26, 2018