Programs and Incentives

Sector Council Program


The Sector Council Program (SCP) provides funding support over four years to organizations in eleven key Manitoba economic sectors to develop and deliver workforce training for new and existing employees and business owners and leaders to support business growth and prosperity.

 

Manitoba is accepting applications for the period
April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2027

Application Deadline: 8:30 a.m., November 21, 2022

 

Application Information Sessions

Two optional information sessions will be held at 1000 Waverley Street (Room 104) to answer questions and provide additional direction on completing the application. Participation by applicants is not required.

Session I:        Friday, October 7, 2022                     10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Session II:       Wednesday, October 12, 2022          1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

To register, please email IWDadmin@gov.mb.ca with the subject line Information Session Registration and include the following information:

  • Contact information: Full name, organization name, mailing address, email and telephone number.
  • Full name of each attendee from your organization and which session they will attend.

 

Note: To accommodate schedules, organizations may send attendees to different sessions.

 

Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be non-profit organizations located and operating in Manitoba
  • Applicants must be actively delivering programs and services to employers and their employees in one or more of the eleven economic sectors funded by the SCP
  • Applicants must be willing to partner with other organizations in their sector, and to collaborate with SCP agreement holders in other sectors to develop and deliver programs and services
  • Applicants must not be in an overpayment situation with Manitoba

Applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will be returned to the applicant.

 

Sector Council Roles and Responsibilities:

Sector council organizations funded by the SCP must:

  • Implement training and other activities to address acute labour shortages facing businesses and which are expected to endure for the short to medium term across all eleven sectors
  • Contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery
  • Deliver programs and services to help small business – the backbone of Manitoba's economy – achieve stability, grow, develop, innovate, create new jobs, and expand their markets
  • Support businesses to transform operations through increased efficiencies and adoption of new technologies
  • Be innovative in their program development and delivery including:
    • Target training and other activities to achieve maximum results;
    • Deliver programming focused on business leaders and employees;
    • Collaborate with other organizations to extend program reach, reduce duplication, and foster business-to-business connections.

These expectations should be reflected in your application.

If you are unable to download the backgrounder and/or application, email IWDadmin@gov.mb.ca.

Note: If you do not receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 3 business days, please send an email without attaching your application to iwdadmin@gov.mb.ca with the subject: Blocked Email. Say "We did not receive a reply to our email submitting our Sector Council Program application” and include your name and phone number in your email so we may contact you.

 

Links to additional sector labour market information – for use in completing the application

 


 

1. Overview Click arrow to open

The Sector Council Program (SCP) provides funding to organizations in 11 key sectors of Manitoba’s economy to develop and deliver training for business owners and leaders, and new and existing employees to support business growth and prosperity.

Under the SCP, the Manitoba government will enter into four-year agreements from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2027, with 11 organizations – one for each sector – selected through a competitive open call for applications.

Collaboration With Other Organizations
Most sectors are comprised of sub-sectors. Manitoba encourages applicants to submit a joint application with other organizations that deliver programs and services in their sector to ensure a "whole-of-sector" plan. If applications are received from multiple organizations for any one sector, Manitoba may opt to:

  1. Enter into an agreement with the organization that submits the best application;
  2. Enter into an agreement with the organization that submits the best application with the proviso that the organization establish cooperative relationships/programming with other applicants from the same sector;
  3. Request that multiple applicants from the same sector re-submit a joint application;
  4. Choose not to fund any organization in a sector; or
  5. Re-issue a call for applications.

 
Joint applicants should identify the lead organization with which Manitoba will enter into the agreement. Of the total amount of Manitoba funding allocated to each sector, joint applicants collectively determine how the funding will be shared among them. The lead organization is responsible for distributing the Manitoba funding it receives under the agreement to each of the joint applicants. It is also responsible for compiling narrative and financial reports of its joint applicants into one overall sector report for submission to Manitoba.

Organizations are also expected to collaborate with employers, industry associations, labour groups, educational institutions and other stakeholders to identify needs and deliver effective programming. They are also expected to collaborate with other sector organizations funded under the program to offer joint programs that enable employers to benefit from cross-sector opportunities, learn from one another, and identify potential cooperative business ventures.

Funding

While Manitoba enters into four-year agreements, funding is approved on an annual basis and is contingent on annual appropriation of the funds by the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba. Manitoba negotiates the amount of funding awarded to each sector. It will not necessarily equal the funding request submitted in the application or each year’s annual plan. In addition, Manitoba expects business and industry to make cash and in-kind contributions toward implementation of the program in their sector.

Applicants should review the SCP Logic Model, Eligible Activities and Eligible Expenses sections prior to completing their application. Manitoba's funding can only be used for Eligible Activities and Eligible Expenses. Activities that are not listed in the Eligible Activities tab and included in the applicant's plan for support by Manitoba funding, will be subject to approval by Manitoba. Applicants are free to include any activity in their application that is not approved by Manitoba if it is supported by industry contributions or other sources of funding.

 


2. Key Economic Sectors Click arrow to open

Sector

Definition


Aerospace

  • establishments involved in the research and design, engineering, manufacture, repair and maintenance of aircraft, spacecraft and satellites, avionics, unmanned vehicle systems, composites innovation, ground tracking and remote sensing
  • establishments that are suppliers of products and services to the defence industry (aerospace)


Agriculture

  • establishments that produce agricultural commodities within the boundaries of a farm, nursery, or greenhouse
  • establishments that increase the value of primary agricultural commodities by:
    • changing a raw agricultural product into something new through packaging, processing, cooling, drying, extracting and any other processes that differentiates the product from the original raw commodity;
    • specialized production processes (e.g., organic)
    • regionally branding products to increase consumer appeal


Bioscience

  • establishments that use biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use particularly relating to health, agriculture and industrial uses. Depending on the tools and applications, bioscience establishments can operate in many fields including bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biomanufacturing and molecular engineering.


Construction

  • establishments primarily engaged in constructing, repairing and renovating houses and commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, heavy and civil engineering works and in subdividing and developing land


Creative Industries

  • establishments that take knowledge, ideas and other resources and combine them with imagination to create new ideas and products of a cultural, artistic or heritage-related nature
  • establishments whose principal purpose is production or reproduction, promotion, distribution or commercialization of goods or both, services and activities of a cultural, artistic or heritage-related nature
  • establishments which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property


Film

  • comprised of the technological and commercial activities related to staging or shooting motion pictures, television shows, programs, animation, documentaries, commercials, in any medium including film, tape, or digital format. It includes development, screen writing, pre-production, production, photography, wrap, post-production, promotion and distribution.


Information, Communication & Digital Technologies

  • establishments involved in the manufacturing of communications, audio-video and related equipment; the delivery of software or computer systems design, including interactive software or systems, and video games design, development and publishing; the delivery of data hosting, processing or other web-related services; and, the delivery of telecommunications services
  • establishments that use technologies to facilitate the transfer of information and various types of electronically mediated communications
  • establishments that develop media delivered in digital format (through computers, mobile phones, tablets, web-browsers, gaming consoles and other input devices) designed to respond to input from one or more end-users


Natural Resources, Energy & Environment

  • industries involved in processing of raw materials extracted from the environment (e.g., trapping, mining, oil and gas drilling, forestry)
  • industries involved in the production and sale of energy including fuel extraction, refining and distribution
  • industries involved in renewable energy from natural resources including solar, geo-thermal, hydroelectricity, bio-waste
  • industries involved in providing goods and services related to clean technology, environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution avoidance, pollution control, remediation and restoration and sustainable development through process efficiencies and production of environmentally beneficial or benign products


Tourism, Hospitality & Retail/Customer Service

  • Tourism businesses provide goods or services to facilitate people travelling outside their home environment to participate in a range of diverse activities at a destination; tourism can be delivered locally, regionally, nationally, internationally using multiple modes of travel, types of accommodations and consumption of food and other products
  • The hospitality industry is a broad category of fields within service industry that includes lodging, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, and additional fields within the tourism industry
  • Retailing involves the process of selling consumer goods or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution to earn a profit
  • Customer service is the process of ensuring customer satisfaction and providing customer support related to a product or service


Traditional & Advanced Manufacturing

  • establishments engaged in the chemical, mechanical or physical transformation of materials or substances into new products ready for consumption or to be further manufactured or assembled with other components into a new product
  • Traditional Manufacturing uses manual or mechanized transformational techniques
  • Advanced Manufacturing uses advanced, innovative or cutting-edge technology in both products and processes


Transportation & Distribution

  • establishments providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, and support activities related to modes of transportation
  • logistics establishments that are part of supply chain management that plan, implement and control the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption


3. Sector Council Program Logic Model Click arrow to open

The SCP Logic Model is a framework for implementing activities to achieve an ultimate goal. The Logic Model lists five themes, defines and categorizes activities according to the themes, and links them to specific outputs and short and medium-term outcomes. Organizations funded under the SCP are expected to align their activities to the logic model and contribute to achieving its short, medium and ultimate outcomes.

Sector Council Program 2023/24-2026/27 Logic Model

Theme

Activities

Outputs

Short term outcomes

Medium term outcomes

Ultimate outcome

1.  Enable access to industry relevant training

Develop and deliver sectoral and cross-sectoral training for new and existing employees based on priority skill needs

Training delivered

Skill gains among participants

Increased productivity, performance, competitiveness, and/or growth

Increased sustainability, growth and success of  business in key sectors of Manitoba’s economy

Deliver business development training to business owners and senior leaders

2.  Facilitate alignment of training with industry needs

Develop and articulate business expectations to education and training institutions to align programs with business needs

Standards and curriculum developed/updated and/or promoted

Increased adoption/ implementation of industry standards and required skills in education and training programs

Employers have increased access to graduate with required skills

3.  Expand the skilled labour pool to ensure a sufficient supply of workers for jobs in the sector

Employ job matching strategies, including demand led training projects to help targeted groups obtain jobs in industry

Placements/matches completed 

Immediate job openings filled

Improved employer access to available skilled labour

Work with partners to promote careers within the industry

Promotion activities undertaken

Interest in careers generated

Broker work integrated learning opportunities for students to develop and enhance their skills on the job

Placements completed

Students gain workplace  skills

4.  Develop industry intelligence to inform responsive strategies and investments 

Gather and validate industry specific intelligence to inform long-term human resource planning, training and priorities

Labour, skills and business needs identified

Strategies to respond to needs developed

Responsive workforce investments 

5.  Align labour and employee skills with business needs through effective human resource management

Provide consulting and training services to help business improve their human resource policies and practices.

HR services provided

Increased adoption of effective HR policies and practices   

Improved recruitment, retention and performance of workforce


4. SCP Eligible Activities Click arrow to open

This table of activities broadens the activities for each Theme in the SCP Logic Model. It provides examples of the types of activities that can be funded by Manitoba. It is not an exhaustive list. Activities included in an application for support by Manitoba funding, but not on this list, will be subject to approval by Manitoba. Applicants are free to include any activity in their application that is not approved by Manitoba if it is supported by industry contributions or other sources of funding

Theme

Logic Model Activities

Example Activities Eligible for Funding Support

1. Enable access to industry relevant training

Develop and deliver sectoral and cross-sectoral training for new and existing employees based on priority skill needs

  • Engage with employers to determine best options for training delivery
  • Develop and deliver sectoral and cross-sectoral training for new and existing employees based on priority skill needs
  • Develop and deliver training using multiple delivery methods including in-person, on-line, workplace-based delivery, secondments, career laddering, networking "hubs" (i.e., group problem solving/group coaching, etc.)
  • One-on-one coaching for sole proprietors and self-employed only

Deliver business development training to business owners and senior leaders

  • Communicate to employers on strategies to grow their business and the training, business development expertise, and potential funding available to assist them to develop and implement a growth strategy
  • Develop and deliver training on ways to innovate, increase productivity and competitiveness, and grow a business
  • Develop and deliver awareness and training on adopting new technology
  • Build on-line business capacity
  • Create peer learning opportunities and communities of practice to share knowledge and successful strategies
  • Board governance training delivered to non-profit organizations (e.g., Creative sector)

2. Facilitate alignment of training with industry needs

Develop and articulate business expectations to education and training institutions to align programs with business needs

  • Determine employer satisfaction with, and gaps in, graduate skills/knowledge through surveys, third party research, etc.
  • Provide updated skills profiles, regulatory changes and industry practices to educational system/institutions
  • Meet with and/or become a member of post-secondary education committees and roundtables
  • Develop curricula, including micro-credentials, for direct delivery and/or for accreditation and delivery by post-secondary institution(s)

3. Expand the skilled labour pool to ensure a sufficient supply of workers for jobs in the sector

Employ job matching strategies, including demand led training projects to help targeted groups obtain jobs in industry

  • Facilitate sector-wide job matching strategies
  • Facilitate events for employers to meet and interview unemployed job seekers
  • Activities to increase employer knowledge of, and how to access hidden labour market (under-represented groups) and the business benefits of developing a diverse workforce
  • Develop and implement demand-led training projects to train new entrants for immediate job placement following training

Work with partners to promote careers within the industry 

  • Research and implement best practices to attract new entrants to sector jobs
  • Develop and deliver activities to attract new entrants to the sector to meet labour market demands with a focus on under-represented groups
  • Develop and deliver activities relevant to target group to increase awareness of sector jobs and careers; e.g., presentations to new immigrants/refugees; hands-on try a career; go to work for a day; grade appropriate activities targeting students
  • Use social media to promote sector careers and jobs
  • ·    Develop and disseminate videos/interactive activities to promote careers to students and youth
  • Disseminate career information targeting parents through multiple venues (Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, municipal and town councils, etc.)
  • Develop and promote the Manitoba Career Prospects website

Broker work integrated learning opportunities for students to develop and enhance their skills on the job

  • Facilitate sector-wide work-integrated-learning opportunities with employers for new workers and for existing workers (e.g., preparing move to a new position)
    ·    Develop and share best practices for managing work integrated learning
    ·    Inform employers about income tax credits available for creating work experience opportunities

Post-Secondary Education | Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration (gov.mb.ca)

4. Develop industry intelligence to inform responsive strategies and investments 

Gather and validate industry specific intelligence to inform long-term human resource planning, training and priorities

  • Gather and validate industry specific intelligence to inform long-term human resource planning, training and priorities
  • Hire consultant to conduct sector studies, training needs analysis**
  • Engage with industry and other stakeholders to collect and validate sector intelligence
  • Prepare strategic plan

5. Align labour and employee skills with business needs through effective human resource management (targeting SMEs)

Provide consulting and training services to help business improve their human resource policies and practices.

  • Provide HR management guidance, support and training to businesses within the sector (e.g., recruitment practices, job descriptions, onboarding, performance management, employee policy manual, compensation structure, organization charts, team building, supervisor training, etc.)
  • Develop and deliver employer focused initiatives and tools for recruitment, retention, and performance management
  • Use assessment tools (available from Manitoba) to identify HR management issues and recommend solutions
  • Administer HR Management peer-to-peer learning HUBs (roundtables/workshops)
  • Assist employers with training needs assessments and training plan development for new and existing workers
  • Communicate Labour Market Information to employers to assist in workforce planning

** Where funding from Manitoba is used for the study, Manitoba reserves the right to review and approve study proposal/purpose/scope/deliverables and survey instruments



5. SCP Eligible Expenses Click arrow to open

The SCP Backgrounder contains a detailed list of expenses that are eligible to be paid for with funding from Manitoba. It also lists expenses that are not eligible for funding, and those for which Manitoba permission is required prior to paying for them using Manitoba funds.

 


6. Reporting Click arrow to open

Reporting by organizations that receive funding includes one interim and one annual report detailing achievements related to the outputs and outcomes listed in the SCP Logic Model; two interim and one final cashflow report; annual financial statement; and final 4-year report on outcomes. Report templates will be provided by Manitoba.

The lead organization of a joint application with other organizations is responsible for compiling the narrative and financial reports of its joint applicants into one overall sector report for submission to Manitoba.
The department has monitoring procedures to ensure accountability and to track organizations’ progress toward achieving annual and four-year targets, identify deficiencies, and provide corrective actions as required to improve performance.

Outputs and Outcomes

Indicators

Data Sources

Data Format

Frequency

1. Enable access to industry relevant training

1.1 Training delivered (Output)

(1.1.a)  Number of training participants by training course

Training registration

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual (twice per year)

 (1.1.b) Number of businesses participating in training by training course

Training registration

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

1.2 Skill gains among workforce (Short term outcome) 

(1.2.a)  Percent of participants agreeing skills have increased

Training evaluation

Excel spreadsheet

 

(1.2.b) Percent of businesses agreeing skills of participants increased

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

1.3 Increased productivity, performance, competitiveness and growth (Medium term outcome)

(1.3.a) Percent of employers positive assessment of worker performance

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

(1.3.b) Percent of owner/leader participants who agree they have implemented innovations / increased competitiveness / and/or grown their company as a result of training

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

2. Facilitate alignment of training with industry needs

2.1 Standards and curriculum developed/updated and promoted (Output)

(2.1.a) Number of standards/curriculum developed/updated and/or shared with institutions

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

2.2 Increased adoption/ implementation of industry standards in education and skills training programs (Short-term outcome)

(2.2.a) Number of institutions adopting new standards/curriculum in programs

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

2.3 Employers have increased access to graduates with required skills (Medium-term outcome)

(2.3.a) Percent of employers who rate recent graduates as well prepared for employment

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

3. Expand the labour pool to ensure a sufficient supply of workers for jobs in the sector

3.1 Placements/matches completed (Output)

(3.1.a) Number of placements/matches facilitated

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

3.2 Immediate job openings filled (Short-term outcome)

(3.2.a) Number of new hires

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

3.3 Promotion activities undertaken (Output)

(3.3.a) Number of participants engaged by activities

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

3.4 Interest in careers generated (Short-term outcome)

(3.4.a) % of participants who are influenced

Pre- and post- activity questionnaire

 

Biannual

Website/social media hits

3.5 Placements completed (Output)

(3.5.a) Number of individuals placed with business

Sector council narrative reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

3.6 Students gain workplace skills (Short-term outcome)

(3.6.a)  Percent of employers agreeing skills of WIL participants have increased

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

3.7 Improved access to available labour (Medium term outcome)

(3.7.a) Percent of business agreeing better access to potential workers as a result of program

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

4. Identify industry specific workforce needs to inform program responses

4.1 Labour, skills and business needs identified (Output)

(4.1.a) Valid, reliable and relevant sector intelligence report(s) submitted

Rubric used by IWD staff

Report

Baseline updated annually

4.2 Strategies to respond to needs developed (Short-term outcome)

(4.2.a) Strategies outlined in annual plan align with sector intelligence

Rubric used by IWD staff

Assessment

Annual

4.3 Responsive workforce investments (Medium-term outcome)

(4.3a) Percent of employers in sector who indicate sector council programming is responsive

Employer survey

Survey output (Excel spreadsheet)

See notes below table

(4.3b) Amount of industry cash and in-kind investment in sector council programming

Sector council cash flow reports

Excel spreadsheet

Biannual

 

**Timing of employer surveys is critical; i.e., knowing when it's best for any one sector to send employer surveys to get the best response. Also, language for one sector may be different for another.
**Organizations may already have standardized surveys and comparative data collected over several years. In these cases, Manitoba will provide additional questions as required.

**Employer survey results should be summarized and shared back to respondents.
**A working group consisting of sector council and Manitoba representatives is advised to develop questions and plan how and when surveys will be administered. This will avoid survey fatigue, provides opportunities for peer learning, and avoids recreating the wheel and adding to administrative burden.


7. Application Evaluation Click arrow to open

Applications from organizations that do not meet the SCP Eligibility Criteria will not be read nor evaluated.

A SCP Evaluation Committee will use the following criteria to individually evaluate all applications that meet the SCP Eligibility Criteria.

Criteria

Points

Organization Information

10

Sector Information

20

Sector Priorities

25

Annual Plan

40

Staffing Plan

20

Budget

30

Total Points Available

145

Maximum Weighted Score  

725

Minimum Weighted Score Required

435

 


8. Application Requirements Click arrow to open

The SCP Application has two components. Sections A to D of the application are a Word document, and Sections E to G are an Excel workbook. Applicants must submit both components, and the Articles of Incorporation for each of the organizations that are party to the application.

 

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