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Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative

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We have a 5-year plan (2023 to 2028) to streamline and modernize our grants and contributions system for international assistance.  

The initiative’s goal is to make the system more:

It will serve the needs of:

We will focus on:



The Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative is divided into 3 phases.

  1. Foundations

    Phase 1 is a rethink of the way we capture, manage and share the information needed to deliver programs, including:

    • harmonizing our risk-management and project-management processes
    • creating a governance framework
    • establishing a secure system for collecting data
  2. Automation

    Phase 2 identifies and develops ways to reduce administrative tasks, allowing the focus to be put on what matters, including automated workloads and task management. It will also provide better financial management and reporting.

  3. Customization

    Phase 3 introduces solutions for which we do not yet have the tools nor the ability to implement, such as:

    • automating processes at the project level
    • managing data from multiple sources
    • providing a virtual space for the Government of Canada and its stakeholders to share information


We are transforming our grants and contributions system by:

As this initiative advances, we will rethink our approach to international assistance. We are committed to integrating the principles of diversity, inclusion and cooperation into every exchange and process.


The Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative addresses commitments made in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy:

In his mandate letter to the Minister of International Development, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked that we improve the way we manage and deliver international development assistance.

Modernizing the Government of Canada’s grants and contribution system will create positive change in people’s lives around the world.

If you have questions or comments, email the Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative team at

News and Events

Risk-appetite hackathon for Grants and Contributions Transformation

Government of Canada employees and partners explored the best ways of working together. They also focused on the risks related to approving and managing funding for international assistance projects.

This exercise is part of our commitment to involve partners in designing a modernized system.

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