Project profile — Skills to Access the Green Economy


Colleges and Institutes Canada(previously named ACCC) (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011137)
2019-03-04 - 2024-08-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Jamaica (22.00%)
• Grenada (17.00%)
• Guyana (14.00%)
• Belize (15.00%)
• Saint Lucia (17.00%)
• Dominica (15.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This project shares the expertise of Canada’s colleges and institutes in developing training for employment with counterpart institutions in six Caribbean countries where youth, women and the most vulnerable face challenges accessing skills training and employment: Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica and St. Lucia. In these countries, coastal degradation and other climate change effects are the focus of government and industry-led adaptation efforts hampered by the lack of skilled technical workers. This project will contribute to Canada’s 12-year (2008-2020), $600M commitment to the Caribbean region and help advance Canadian climate change priorities.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased number of women, youth and vulnerable populations trained in demand-driven technical and vocational education training fields; (2) increased capacity of training institutions to develop and deliver gender-sensitive skills training programs that meet economic and environmental needs; and (3) increased participation of small and medium-size enterprises in gender-equitable workforce planning, development, training and certification.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) increased national capacity in the areas of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable building techniques, coastal and water resource management, and renewable energy; (2) invested in technical training through six institutional partnerships formed between the Caribbean and Canadian institutions that contribute to the development of new and existing training programs designed to meet the needs of the workplace; (3) drafted curricula for associate degrees and preparatory courses— despite COVID-19 and government restrictions; (4) three partnerships (Belize, Dominica and Jamaica) started their Associate Degrees; (5) commenced one preparatory program; (6) partnerships have also been very involved in capacity-building and procurement activities; and (7) partnerships have been very involved in meetings with key stakeholders.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $3,475,751
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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