Complementary Support for Language Learning

Complementary Support for Language Learning aims to support activities or interventions that contribute to the learning and development of language skills.

  1. Cooperation framework
  2. Eligible recipients
  3. Funding decisions and evaluation criteria
  4. Eligible expenditures
  5. Funding terms
  6. Schedule
  7. Applicant's Guide
  8. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution

I. Cooperation Framework

  1. The Government of Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), the key partner for federal intervention in the field of education, sign a four-year protocol for agreements. Contribution agreements are then signed with CMEC for the administration of two language learning and development programs: the Explore program, which provides bursaries to young Canadians to improve their second official language through a five-week summer immersion course at an accredited post-secondary institution; and
  2. the Odyssey program, which provides funding for full-time monitor positions in primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions to enable students to work with teachers to enrich English or French second-language courses and support the teaching of the second language.

II. Eligible recipients

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

III. Funding decisions and evaluation criteria

Funding decisions are based on the following criteria and available funds. All funding decisions are made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

  • Ability of the organization to carry out the activities.
  • Linkages with the objectives of the Complementary Support for Language Learning sub-component.
  • Projected outcomes and impact on participants.
  • Relevance of proposed performance measurements.
  • Balance between budget and projected activities.

IV. Eligible expenditures

Eligible expenditures include:

  • costs incurred to manage and deliver summer bursaries for learning and developing the second official language and to provide funds for second official language monitors.

V. Funding terms

Funds are paid under a contribution agreement that specifies the reporting requirements and the terms and conditions of payment.

The Department will assume no responsibility for any contractual commitments entered into by the Applicant prior to confirmation of financial support from the Department.

VI. Schedule

Contribution agreements with each provincial and territorial government are reached after the protocol for agreements, which sets the parameters for the particular period of cooperation, is signed.

VII. Applicant's Guide

The content of the application must include:

  • Assessment of the situation in the area being applied for (with a description of the facts that led to the application being developed and the rationale for selecting the proposed approach).
  • Description of the proposed bursary and monitor programs.
  • Linkages with the objectives of the Complementary Support for Language Learning sub-component.
  • Description of the organization's ability to carry out the project.
  • Description of the criteria and method used to select bursary recipients and monitors.
  • Description of the means of ensuring oversight of bursaries and monitors.
  • Clear statement of expected outcomes with performance indicators for the entire project.
  • Implementation schedule.
  • Budget with a breakdown of the projected expenditures and financial contribution of each party for the proposed bursary and monitor programs.

Bursaries and funding for monitor positions are administered by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), through the Explore and Odyssey programs in cooperation with the Department of Education or the department responsible for post-secondary education in each province and territory. Young Canadians interested in applying for a bursary or a monitor position should contact CMEC at either www.myexplore.ca or www.myodyssey.ca.

VIII. Acknowledgment of the Government of Canada's contribution

Recipients are required to acknowledge the contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage in any promotion or advertising related to the activities for which funding is provided.