Innovative Projects Grants

Innovative Projects Grants

Provides funding to organizations to explore innovative approaches to language training in Alberta.


Important dates

May 12, 2017: application period opens

May 23, 2017: email questions for the Applicants’ meeting deadline

May 30, 2017, 1:30-3:00 pm MDT: applicants’ meeting

June 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm MDT: application period closes


Alberta Labour’s Language Training Programs (LTP) help the ESL system to effectively provide adult English Language Learners (ELLs) with the opportunity to develop the language skills they need to fully participate in Alberta’s society and economy. Funded projects should aim to strengthen ESL infrastructure in Alberta and meet the needs of learners.

Our Innovative Projects Grants Program targets the following outcomes:

  • Immediate: ESL providers have increased awareness, knowledge or skill with regards to innovative mechanisms or approaches to ESL delivery in Alberta.
  • Intermediate: ESL providers in Alberta are delivering programming that meets the needs of learners.

Partnerships are strongly encouraged particularly when projects would benefit from having multiple areas of expertise.

Funding Priority: Language for Workforce Attachment

Poor communication skills in English can be a significant challenge for immigrants and refugees seeking to attach to the workforce and advance in their careers. It can also be a challenge for employers to know how to support language learning.

This year we’re seeking proposals for short-term projects that explore innovative ideas in language training to:

  • create or enhance employment pathways for immigrants to overcome barriers to successful labour force attachment
  • bridge the communication gap between immigrants and their employers

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) projects that:

  • support immigrants and refugees to improve employment related communication skills (intercultural competency, workplace culture, job-specific language, pragmatics, essential skills)
  • provide language training for workplace readiness
  • provide language support for immigrant workers who are employed to maintain their jobs and/or ladder to other opportunities
  • provide job-specific language training for high-demand occupations (could include health care and social assistance; retail; food services; early childhood education; or other high-demand occupations in a regional or local area)
  • involve collaboration with labour market partners (such as employers, professional regulatory organizations, sector councils, unions, etc.) to facilitate matching supply and demand
  • create pathways to employment
  • increase the capacity of ESL instructors to better meet the needs of learners

For a detailed description see Innovative Projects Grants Guidelines (PDF, 727 KB)

LTP Innovation Q&A (PDF, 402 KB)

Sharing your project findings

Any organization that receives provincial funding must prepare a Project Summary (maximum 1 to 5 pages) of their final report in order to have the results of their project shared with the ESL community at large.

These project summaries may be posted to the ATESL website.

Modified: 2017-06-16
PID: 15381