The project will foster multi-stakeholder relationships by leveraging the existing network of settlement-serving organizations and assist in increasing the capacity of community organizations supporting migrant workers to help fill gaps in the services and information provided to migrant workers in areas throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Information will be provided on the rights and responsibilities of migrant workers along with orientation to local services through outreach activities, using existing governmental educational materials, holding social activities, and providing in-person, virtual, and individual learning opportunities.


  • Increase migrant workers’ awareness and understanding of their rights and responsibilities through educational activities and/or using the existing educational material developed by the government
  • Empower migrant workers to exercise their rights by providing or assisting in accessing services available to them
  • Foster inclusion and welcoming of migrant workers through social, cultural, and/or recreational events
  • Support migrant workers during emergency situations (case by case basis) *
  • Foster new partnerships or leverage existing partnerships/networks to support migrant workers
  • Develop and implement coordinated approaches among community organizations, and/or build their capacity and knowledge to provide resources and services to migrant workers

*Case to be approved by ESDC


  • The gap in information-based services provided to migrant workers is bridged through the formation of four to six sub-agreements with service provider organizations and/or grassroots organizations
  • 50 % of Migrant workers in Nova Scotia will have been provided information to learn about and exercise their rights while working in Canada
  • 50 % of Migrant workers in New Brunswick will have been provided information to learn about and exercise their rights while working in Canada
  • 50 % of Migrant workers in Prince Edward Island will have been provided information to learn about and exercise their rights while working in Canada


  • Migrant workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will know and understand their rights while working in Canada
  • Migrant workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are aware of their rights and are empowered to exercise them without fear of reprisal
  • Migrant workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are more aware on how to access necessary services while working in Canada
  • New partnerships are established, and existing partnerships maintained that support Migrant Workers
  • Through sub-agreement holders, the capacity to support Migrant Workers while working in Canada has increased.


Deadline for Proposal Submission
Project Implementation
February 15th, 2023 April 1st, 2023- March 31st 2024


ARAISA aims to fund between 4 and 6 projects from April 1, 2023, until March 31, 2024.

To support your proposal development, the table below shows approximately how much
funding ARAISA expects to distribute per province. ARAISA will allocate funding based on the population of migrant workers (under the TFW Program) in each province or region.

Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
$ 117,357 $ 90,274 $ 54,166


  • The applicants should be not-for-profit organizations operating in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island and legally capable to undertake and carry out the activities of the project.
  • Each project proposal should bring together one applicant and at least one partner that will work jointly within the same province to design and carry out the project activities.
  • The applicant and/or the partner should demonstrate previous experience working with migrant workers.

For the purpose of eligibility for services under the MWS Program, “temporary foreign worker” or “migrant worker” refers to foreign nationals who have or had been issued a work permit under the TFW Program or have or had been issued an employer-specific work permit under the International Mobility Program.


An online information session about this call for proposals will take place on Wednesday, January 25th, 2023. To register, click here!


Applicants must submit a detailed proposal clearly indicating how the proposed project will meet the objectives and expected results of the program. Projects must be informed by a clear understanding of the situation and needs of the migrant workers.

Proposals must be submitted by email no later than Wednesday, February 15th, 2023, at 5 p.m. AST to Etoile Najm, Project Lead, ARAISA: enajm@araisa.ca stating “Proposal – MWSP- Better Together” in the subject line.

Proposals must include:

  1. Project application according to the template (Annex 1) – Download the template: Word or fillable PDF
  2. Project budget according to the template (Annex 2) – Download the template here
  3. Project timeline (Annex 3) – Download the template here

Funding for recommended projects will be available for a duration of one (1) year, starting April 2023 and ending no later than March 31, 2024.


The level of funding for successful proposals is dependent on the number of proposals submitted and the total funding available. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate longer-term sustainability beyond the funding period. For example, “train the trainer” initiatives, low-maintenance platforms, community awareness-raising events and campaigns.

A selection committee composed of individuals representing a diversity of non-participating stakeholders and experts in areas of relevance will assess all applications and will follow the criteria as follows:

Project relevance: 40% of project score
  • Activities are linked to expected/identified outcomes and are relevant to the successful completion of the project.
  • Activities that address or respond to the gaps and needs of migrant workers (refer to the attached mapping and gap analysis report conducted by ARAISA & Goss Gilroy Inc.)
  • Project outcomes are measurable, and there are plans to achieve them.
  • Project outcomes align with the outcomes identified for this funding.
  • Project establishes new partnerships (e.g., with settlement organizations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and ethnocultural groups) and strengthens existing partnerships that support Migrant Workers
  • Project demonstrates the sustainability of impact beyond the funding period.
Potential for success: 35% of project score
  • Project clearly outlines how migrant workers will be engaged in project design and implementation
  • Project partners will complement each other’s capacities, experiences, and contextual knowledge to carry out the project.
  • Project timelines are reasonable and achievable.
  • The need for the project is clear and supported by evidence.
Project cost-effectiveness: 25% of project score
  • Proposed budget is balanced. All costs as well as revenues related to the project have been itemized and explained.
  • The budget should clearly reflect the division of roles and responsibilities of each partner and should provide a clear explanation and breakdown of costs.
  • Project costs are in line with average costs for similar activities.
  • The applicant demonstrates proper and responsible use of funds related to both administration and program delivery.
  • Project demonstrates value for money.

If a project is selected for possible funding, ARAISA will notify the applicant in writing that the application has been approved in principle. Applicants must not assume that their application has been approved-in-principle until notified by ARAISA.