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Call for proposals – Canadian Relations Support Program

Tier 2 – Canadian Networks – Winter 2024

Creating or strengthening pan-Canadian structures and networks with the participation of organizations from Québec

The Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC) is inviting civil society organizations throughout Québec and elsewhere in Canada to submit grant proposals to the Canadian Relations Support Program. The program offers support for bilateral, multilateral and pan-Canadian activities involving civil society organizations in Québec and in other Canadian provinces and territories.

Applications can be submitted until Monday, March 11th, 2024.

Tier 2 will primarily support activities that empower Québec organizations to create or join pan-Canadian structures which encourage exchanges between Quebecers and other Canadians. Examples include forums, debates and summer schools. Projects must ensure that organizations from Québec play an active role in these networks.

Types of proposals supported

The SQRC is seeking proposals for projects that involve:

  • Creating or strengthening pan-Canadian structures or networks for collaboration and exchange
  • Organizing forums, conferences, debates, workshops and summer schools which enable Quebecers and other Canadians to discuss economic, political, social and cultural issues

A typical project supported by this program brings together two or more partners from both Québec and other Canadian provinces and territories in order to establish or strengthen an exchange network in any field. Québec applicant organizations might already be well established in their field, but relatively new in the rest of Canada and hoping to break into new markets.

Examples of past initiatives

OceanFest – A gathering for innovators in Canada's blue economy ecosystem

This is a forum that brings together the major players in the blue economy of Québec and elsewhere in Canada. The first edition of this event was held in Montréal, on the fringes of Startupfest, in July 2023. It was an initiative of the Société de promotion économique de Rimouski, the Ocean Startup Project (Newfoundland and Labrador), La Vague incubator/accelerator (Québec), Dalhousie University's DeepSense platform (Nova Scotia) and the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (British Columbia).

CaNéoLabs – A Canadian community of practice for innovation lab

This is an annual forum aiming to create a pan-Canadian community of practice for different types of innovation labs, such as living labs, social innovation labs and public innovation labs. This newly created network's focuses its work on various matters, including climate change, socio-ecological transition and urban and rural innovation. CaNéoLabs is an initiative by the Laboratoire en innovation ouverte at Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, in collaboration with the Maison de l'innovation sociale (Québec) and Social Innovation Canada (Ontario).

Submitting an application

Funded initiatives must begin on or after April 1st, 2024, and run for a maximum of one year. Once submitted, complete applications will be processed within 60 working days (three months). Interested organizations must submit their application for funding using the form available on the website.

Applications may be submitted until Monday, March 11th, at 5 p.m..

An additional call for proposals will open in autumn 2024, subject to the availability of funds.

Tier 1 – Expertise Exchange

Organizations wishing to submit a proposal for Tier 1 – Expertise Exchange may do so at any time during the year, subject to available funds. This tier provides support primarily for one-off participation in exchanges of expertise between specialists from Québec and elsewhere in Canada. These activities should encourage the transfer of expertise between Québec and the rest of Canada and promote the expertise Québec has to offer.

Please email with any questions.