Funding: Pan-Canadian Projects

Pan-Canadian projects test and share best practices across the country, and replicate interventions that have worked well in addressing seniors’ issues. The Pan-Canadian 2015-2016 call for proposals focused on projects that help to reduce social isolation among seniors. Previous calls for proposals have focused on increasing the awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse. Pan-Canadian projects may be funded up to $750,000, for up to a maximum of three years.


Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations;
  • Coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • For-profit organizations*;
  • Municipal governments;
  • Research organizations and institutes;
  • Educational institutions (i.e. universities, colleges, CÉGEPs, school boards/school districts)**;
  • Public health and social services institutions**
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)

*For-profit organizations are eligible provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial, does not generate profit, and meets the objectives of this CFP.

**Post-secondary, social service or public health institutions may apply, provided that they have the agreement of their provincial or territorial government.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities are those that are consistent with NHSP objectives, and may include:

  • developing partnerships to encourage new and emerging cohorts of seniors to be more actively involved in community activities;
  • adapting approaches (policies and tools) to more effectively attract, recruit and retain diverse cohorts of volunteers, including other generations;
  • sharing seniors’ knowledge, skills and experiences with others;
  • promoting awareness of elder abuse;
  • reaching out to vulnerable seniors such as those who are socially or geographically isolated;
  • volunteering, mentoring, leadership training and skill matching;
  • intergenerational and intercultural learning and relationship building;
  • developing / sharing tools and resource materials;
  • sharing best practices; and
  • other activities that support the objectives of the NHSP

Eligible Expenditures

Eligible expenditures are those considered necessary to support the project, and may include:

  • wages and mandatory employment related costs (MERCS) for project staff
  • professional fees;
  • evaluation costs (e.g. surveys);
  • honoraria;
  • hospitality;
  • participant costs (e.g. security checks for volunteers);
  • printing, advertising, distribution and other communication costs;
  • travel costs within Canada;
  • rental, repair, renovation and/or maintenance of facilities;
  • purchase and/or rental of equipment, materials and supplies;
  • shipping costs for equipment, materials or supplies; and
  • other costs necessary to support the purpose of the funding as approved by HRSDC.

After you apply

If you applied by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 10, 2015:

  • You will receive an automatic acknowledgment of your application:
    • within 24 hours of submitting it by email; or
    • within 21 calendar days from the closing date of the call, if submitted by regular mail.
  • You will be notified of the status of your application within 90 days of the Call For Proposals (CFP) closing date.

Applications sent after July, 10, 11:59 p.m. EST will not be considered.

Note that not all proposals submitted under this CFP will be approved. Funding is limited and is subject to budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

You should not assume any commitment on the part of ESDC until funding has been approved and an agreement has been signed by a representative of ESDC.


Funded organizations will be required to report on activities and finances over the course of their agreement. Reporting on time shows good project management. Should your organization fail to submit reports on time it may impact your organization’s ability to obtain funding from the Department in the future.

Contracting Guidelines

Funded organizations require approval from the Department to contract goods and/or services (including professional services) of $25,000 or greater. When selecting a contract, organizations must use a competitive process involving a minimum of three bids. In rare circumstances, a justification for sole-sourcing may be provided in writing to the Department; requests are subject to review and approval.

Disposal of Capital Assets

Funded organizations require prior written approval from the Department to purchase capital assets with costs exceeding $1,000, and must have a plan for the disposal of the capital assets.

When the project ends, organizations may either keep the capital items to use for other community-related activities or donate them to other not-for-profit organizations in the community, provided that the Department agrees. Organizations may not keep these items for personal use.


If you would like more information on NHSP Pan-Canadian projects, please call 1-800-277-9914 and press “0” to speak to an agent. You will be put in touch with the appropriate NHSP representative to discuss the program.