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Individualized Career Support program 

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Are you facing a professional challenge? Do you need to acquire new knowledge in your field? Are you facing a professional issue or a major change in your career? Do you want to develop a skill related to your profession?

The Individual Career Support program supports artists, trainers,  technicians, designers and cultural workers in circus in the development of their careers by offering them access to customized training, individually or in small groups, with the trainer of their choice.

Due to funding restrictions, all forms and paperwork related to this program must be delivered in French.

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Programs terms & conditions 

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This program is exclusively for circus arts professionals. Please note that priority is given to En Piste members.

All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents or hold a work permit (open or closed). In addition, their professional status must be one of the following:

• Self-employed individual or Support for Self-Employment Measure
• Employee a non-profit organization or a company whose payroll does not exceed $2,000,000
• Recipient of Employment Insurance or Social Assistance, or recipient of an employment integration measure
• Unemployed

Asylum seekers, full-time students, and foreign workers participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program are not eligible.

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Participants identity the training program that meets their professional need(s). The average duration is 10 hours, but the proposed training program can vary between a minimun of 2 hours and a maximum of 15 hours per participant or per group. Please note that En Pisye may grant fewer hours than the requested number, based on the volume of applications and the nature of the activity. It is possible to submit more than one application per participant up to a maximum of 15 hours per session per program. 

The training project must be carried out face-to-face or online, within a maximum period of 6 weeks during the fall, winter and spring sessions and completed no later than the following dates:

December 1st   ̶  Fall 2020 session 

February 24th   ̶  Winter 2021 session 

May 28th  ̶  Spring 2021 session

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Projects can be submitted:

Until August 16, 2020 for the fall session

From September 15 to October 1, 2020 for the winter session

From January 5 to 15, 2021 for the spring session

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• Development of skills in management, strategic planning, and marketing, as well as administrative, financial and legal aspects of circus careers (e.g. grants, promotion, production, contract negotiation, copyright law, taxation, artistic approach, career transition or reorientation, etc.).
• Acquisition of knowledge or skills in related fields (e.g., dance, theatre, dramuturgy, choregraphy, costumes, etc.).
• Development of knowledge of the cultural milieu, law and the management of cultural organizations (e.g. business development plans, archiving, governance, leadership, etc.).
• Acquisition of knowledge related to the globalization of artistic activity (ex: touring)
• Development of skills in marketing, merchandising, sales and development of markets, audiences and clienteles (e.g. promotion, distribution, press relations, etc.).
• Development of skills in new technologies as a tool for artistic or disciplinary creation (editing, digital images, videos for the Web, etc.) or as a management tool (ex: databases, accounting, Internet, social networks, etc.).

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• Task training or learning a new show 
• Training activities led by a trainer who is an employee within the same organization as the participant 
• Hiring a consultant, management coach or mentor 
• Conferences, congresses, seminars 
• Second-language learning or francization activities
• Training activities whose content is not specific to the cultural sector
• Any training governed by a law, including the CNESST Act respecting occupational health and safety
• Any request that can be met in one of the group training courses offered by our group, unless the proposed project is complementary and allows for the development of a new skill acquired in the activity in question.
• Any application whose objectives correspond to those of the training support program
• Any program in which the learning outcomes are not clear

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The alliance contributes to the payment of the trainer's fees up to a maximum hourly rate of $85 per hour for individual training and $100 per hour for small group training. Any overrun of fees and other expenses related to the training (rental costs of premises, equipment or materials, insurance) must be assumed by the participants and will not be reimbursed.

Certain travel and accommodation expenses for trainers residing outside Montréal may be reimbursed upon approval and according to the threshold of eligible expenses by Emploi-Québec. These expenses must be announced when the application is submitted. Any expense not previously approved will not be reimbursed.

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Once the application has been accepted, the following steps must be completed in order to participate:

  1. Pay the registration fee of 15% of the training project (if there is more than one participant, the fees are divided among the participants)
  2. Co-sign an agreement with En Piste and the trainer
  3. Respect the terms and deadlines of the program
  4. Ensure compliance with public health regulations.
  5. Hold the required insurance
  6. Fill out the Emploi-Québec participant file required by the funder
  7. Manage the logistics to carry out the activity
  8. Communicate any postponements or changes in the training program to the Continuing Education Coordinator
  9. Complete the training evaluation form and send it to En Piste within a maximum of 3 days after the end of the training

No training may begin until the application has been accepted, all persons involved in the project have signed the agreements, the registration fees have been paid by the participant(s), and the Emploi-Québec file has been completed by the participant(s) .

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  1. Co-sign an agreement with En Piste and the participant(s)
  2. Respect theprogram terms and deadlines 
  3. Communicate any postponements or changes to the training program
  4. Send an invoice, fill out the evaluation form, and send them to En Piste within a maximum of 3 days following the end of the training course.
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Here is the procedure to apply for the program:

  1. Fill out a registration form for each proposed training activity, in which you:
    • Clearly explain your training needs and objectives
    Outline the training activities with the trainer of your choice
    Identify the number of hours of training as well as the dates and duration of training activities

  2. Send an updated CV of the participant(s) and the trainer
    (If the trainer who has never worked with En Piste before, the CV must include 3 professional references)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

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Applications are processed chronologically within 10 working days of the processing start date on a first-come, first-served basis, until program funds are exhausted. Requests from members who have completed their member profile on the repertoire of the En Piste website will be processed on a priority basis.

En Piste reserves the right to grant fewer hours than the number requested, depending on the volume of applications.

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For more information

You wish to validate your training project before submitting a request? Are you looking for a trainer to meet your training needs? Contact Romain Meyer, Continuing Education Coordinator, before submitting your request at the following coordinates:

Tel: 514 529-1183, ext. 122
E-mail: rmeyer@enpiste.qc.ca

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Also learn about our Group Workshops or find out more about our Individualized Training Support program

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