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Human trafficking call for proposals: Eligibility

We are no longer accepting applications for this call for proposals. The deadline for applications was September 11, 2020, at 11:59 a.m. (noon) Pacific time.

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All applicants under this call for proposals must be Canadian, legally constituted organizations with demonstrated experience in preventing human trafficking within at risk populations and/or in interventions for human trafficking survivors; and be one of the following:

In exceptional circumstances and where no such organizations with demonstrated experience exists in a given region or community, an exception may be granted to the above. Please send an email to Call for Proposals Enquiries to confirm an exception prior to submitting an application.

Funding amounts

Organizations can apply for funding for the following maximum amounts:

The Government of Canada recognizes the additional costs of living and travelling in northern or remote areas. Consequently, you may be eligible to apply for an additional 25% whenever activities are delivered in these areas (see question 34 for definitions). Should you be eligible, the maximum funding amounts would be up to $875,000 for projects with a pan-Canadian scope, up to $500,000 for projects with a regional or provincial/territorial scope, and up to $250,000 for projects with a local scope.

Eligible organizations may submit only one application for funding in this call for proposals.


Projects should aim to start no earlier than late fall 2020 and must be completed by March 31, 2024.


The proposed activities must be clearly linked to the call for proposals’ objective. Projects must focus on developing and implementing promising empowerment-focussed practices to address gaps in prevention and/or support for at-risk populations, victims and survivors of human trafficking. At-risk populations include women and girls, Indigenous women and girls, LGBTQ2 and gender diverse people, immigrant and migrant women and girls, women and girls living with disabilities, and women and girls living in Northern, rural and remote areas.

Projects must prevent or address human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation or for the purpose of forced labour.

Please note that Indigenous-focussed solutions must be Indigenous-led or in partnership with an Indigenous community or organization.

Eligible project activities may include, but are not limited to those related to:

As such, WAGE will not support projects that focus solely on the following elements:

Important note: All proposed projects must include an external evaluation. This must be reflected in your work plan and budget.

Before completing their application, organizations are encouraged to do the Introduction to Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) online course.

Priority will be given to proposals which:


As per Treasury Board’s Transfer Payment Policy, total government funding for the project shall not exceed 100% of eligible expenditures. This includes federal, provincial, territorial and municipal assistance for the same purpose. In the event that it exceeds 100%, Women and Gender Equality Canada will adjust its level of assistance and seek reimbursement if necessary.

Eligible expenditures are those considered necessary to support the purpose of the project and are costs incurred after the signature of the agreement. Please consult the Guidelines on Eligible Expenditures for Funding Programs for more detailed information.

There are two categories of eligible expenditures:

The Department reserves the right to make the final determination on the value of funding and to exclude expenditures that are ineligible, unnecessary or outside the range of the project.

Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures are costs considered necessary to deliver the project. For this call for proposals, eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

Direct delivery expenditures (considered necessary to deliver the project):

Administrative expenditures (related to central administrative functions of the organization receiving funding that support project activities):

Eligible indirect costs will not be approved where they are higher than 20% of the total funding requested from WAGE.

Ineligible expenditures

Ineligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:

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