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Call for proposal – Global Skills Opportunity

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As part of Canada’s new International Education Strategy, Colleges and Institutes Canada is administering a new outbound student mobility pilot program: Global Skills Opportunity. This investment by the federal government will provide thousands of post-secondary students with the opportunity to study and work overseas, strengthening their global competency and enriching Canada’s economic prosperity.  

Global Skills Opportunity will help young Canadians, especially those for whom international experiences are less accessible, develop valuable intercultural competencies and access enriching employment opportunities. It will also diversify the destination countries where students can pursue opportunities, and test innovative approaches to reducing barriers to working and studying abroad. To offer safe, enriching experiences, the 2021-2025 program offers a flexible design that blends virtual and physical mobility experiences. This format will prioritize student safety, integrate opportunities that arose from the pandemic, and offer innovative opportunities for participants to gain in-demand intercultural skills.

Canadian colleges and institutes are invited to submit multi-year project-based proposals that support this format. Proposals are to contribute to the achievement of program objectives and outcomes, and respect the criteria outlined in these guidelines. Member institutions may submit applications as individual institutions or as a consortium of post-secondary institutions. Criteria for funding is detailed in the application guidelines.  

Questions related to the application guidelines and/or Call for Proposal should be directed to internationalmobility@collegesinstitutes.ca. Colleges and Institutes Canada will respond to all enquiries on a weekly basis through a Frequently Asked Questions document – updated every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. EDT until June 23, 2021. 

Proposals must be submitted in English or French via our online portal by 3pm (EDT) on Wednesday, June 30th