Government of Canada supports innovative practices in early learning and child care

Investment in early learning and child care is essential to ensure that Canadian children have the best possible start in life. Since early learning and child care is evolving in increasingly fast-paced and complex environments, the Government of Canada believes it is important to promote innovative practices.

Accordingly, Employment and Social Development Canada is launching a call for concepts to explore innovative ways of supporting early learning and child care service delivery and create or build on an existing approach to deliver programs and service tools that are better adapted to the needs of children and their families.

To participate, you are invited to submit an application describing an innovative concept for a project that explores, tests and develops innovative approaches (such as solutions, best practices, knowledge, tools and methodologies) that will support early learning and child care services targeting children under six years of age and their families. Organizations whose concepts are selected will be invited to submit a detailed proposal for a project that will end by March 31, 2020, and could receive funding.

This call for concepts is open to non-profit organizations, provincial and territorial entities, and Indigenous organizations with mandates that focus on early learning and child care or that have a partner whose mandate focuses on early learning and child care.

This funding opportunity is part of an investment announced in the 2017 budget. A total of $100 million will be allocated to innovation in early learning and child care, starting with $10 million over two years in 2018–19 and 2019–20.

With this investment, the Government of Canada is aiming to improve early learning and child care services for all Canadian families and their children by: developing innovative approaches to early learning and child care that improve children’s and families’ life outcomes; sharing with key players best practices to enable their replication; and by getting a better understanding of the changing nature of the early learning and child care sector.

Review the Guide for more information and guidance on the call for concepts and to learn how to complete an application. You have until July 20, 2018, to submit your application to or by mail to the address below:


Early Learning and Child Care Submissions
Coordination Unit

Mailstop: 402
National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
140 Promenade du Portage
Phase IV, 4th Floor
Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9