Individualized Career Support program

Individualized Career Support program

Individualized Career Support program

An exclusive program for circus arts professionals!

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Submit your training projects! 

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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.

The call for projects for Winter 2024 is closed.

For the individualized Training Support Program, click here

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Programs terms & conditions 

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This program is exclusively for circus arts professionals residing in Quebec. 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 maximum duration of a training program is 10 hours. Please note that depending on the volume of applications, only 1 application per participant can be accepted per session.

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

Dates to come.

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Opening of the applications : June - July 2024

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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 85% of the total costs that is the trainer's fees + admin costs.

The maximum hourly rate is set to 85$ per hour. Any 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's total costs (if there is more than one participant, the fees are divided among the participants).
  2. Respect the terms and deadlines of the program.
  3. Ensure compliance with public health regulations.
  4. Hold the required insurance.
  5. Manage the logistics to carry out the activity.
  6. Communicate any postponements or changes in the training program to the Continuing Education Coordinator
  7. Complete the training evaluation form here as soon as the training is finished. : https://airtable.com/shrso8JjmYZHzBqHm

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).

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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 as soon as the training is fininished: https://airtable.com/shrso8JjmYZHzBqHm
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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)
  3. Join the trainer's invoice.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

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Attention from 2022, the first come, first served rule no longer applies. 

During the relevant periods, submit your application. An evaluation committee will then meet to analyze the applications.  

The group reserves the right to grant fewer hours than requested, depending on the availability of the budget.

We encourage you to send us CVs of trainers who value their training/pedagogical experience. If you don't know who to work with, we can recommend someone. Unfortunately, any incomplete application will be rejected.

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For more information

Are you looking for a trainer to meet your training needs? Contact Mathilde Perahia, before submitting your request at the following coordinates:

Tel: 514 529-1183, ext. 2
Email: [email protected]

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

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