Department of Employment and Social Development of Canada

06/28/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/28/2019 11:28

Backgrounder: Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program

The Government of Canada supports the 2030 Agenda, and is committed to working with its partners to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world that leaves no one behind.

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada committed up to $59.8 million in funding over 13 years ($4.6 million annually), starting in 2018-19, to help support projects that aim to build awareness of the 2030 Agenda, increase partnerships and networks, advance research, and further Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program seeks to increase public awareness about the SDGs, support new partnerships to advance action, and identify and implement innovative initiatives to drive progress on multiple SDGs. The SDG Funding Program is also meant to support Indigenous peoples as key partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

On June 28, 2019, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals for contributions for up to $300,000 per year for a maximum duration of 36 months. The call will be open from June 28 to September 19, 2019.

The government is seeking to fund projects that focus on one or more of the following objectives:

  • Identify and address gaps in knowledge and/or data to support Canada's efforts to meet the SDGs.
  • Enhance collaboration between various sectors to explore new technologies and foster innovation and investment for the SDGs.
  • Create resources to enhance and share knowledge on the SDGs including the contribution of Indigenous knowledge and practices in relation to advancing sustainable development.
  • Establish accountability frameworks to support impact measurement and demonstrate SDG progress.

Applicants must clearly indicate how their proposal is advancing the 2030 Agenda as a whole, or multiple SDGs. Consequently, projects that target only one SDG are not eligible for funding under this call for proposals.

To date, 19 organizations have received grant funding for a total of $1.5 million through the 2018-19 SDG Funding Program. These completed projects have successfully helped raise public awareness about the SDGs and gather community-level feedback from Canadians. They have helped to engage civil society, private sector, academia, Indigenous peoples, youth and vulnerable populations, and strengthened partnerships so that further action can be taken on the SDGs.

The 19 grant projects supported a number of in-person conversations, roundtable-working groups, youth focused policy jams, SDG mapping projects and policy briefs. Overall, these 19 projects reached thousands of Canadians in more than 30 cities and communities across the country, providing insight, ideas, and input, to inform Canada's way forward on the SDGs.

2018-2019 SDG Funding Program recipients:

  1. Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale
  2. Université Laval
  3. Waterloo Global Science Initiative
  4. Canadian Council for International Cooperation
  5. Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
  6. British Columbia Council for International Cooperation
  7. International Institute for Sustainable Development
  8. Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
  9. Ontario Council for International Cooperation
  10. Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
  11. Northern Council for Global Cooperation
  12. Global Compact Network Canada
  13. Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
  14. Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  15. Alliance 2030
  16. Community Foundations of Canada
  17. Mars Discovery District
  18. Youth Climate Lab
  19. Windfall Ecology Centre