Seed Initiative

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SEED Initiative

With financial support from Scotiabank’s ScotiaRISE™ Community Investment Program, the McGill School of Continuing Studies is launching its SEED initiative to help remove barriers to education and stable employment.

Every year in collaboration with community organizations up to 40 individuals will be selected as SEED participants. The SEED initiative includes the following programs offered by McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies: Professional Development Certificate in Collaboration & Productivity and one level of intensive French Language & Culture course.

SEED initiative participants will be supported by:

  • Free tuition and support services
  • Paid internships (optional)
  • Stipends based on individual need and academic standing (optional)
  • Career, program and wellness advising
  • Mentorship and networking events
  • Professional transition workshops
  • Soft skills training
Type:   Non-Credit, Professional Development
Courses:   Minimum 5 courses
Credits:   Minimum 22 CEUs
Schedule:   June 5 – August 25, 2023
Time:  Full-time: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Part-time: Daily, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Delivery:   In person
Internship period:   September – December, 2023 (optional)
Questions?   seed.scs [at]

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Who Should Attend
  • Individuals from predominantly underserved communities who face barriers to career advancement and economic stability.

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop or enhance in-demand professional skills
  • Improve your language proficiency
  • Gain practical experience
  • Establish professional networks

Program Courses

PDC in Collaboration & Productivity – 5 courses of 30 hours each:

YCBS 216 Interpersonal Skills for Professionals
YCBS 215 Special Topics in Business Management: Introduction to Financial Accounting
YCBS 254 Introduction to Agile Project Management
YCBS 276 Innovation & Creativity for Entrepreneurs
YCCM 208 Professional Writing in Business
YCFR 344 Intensive French / Short Course


Intensive French Language & Culture – Level to be determined based on proficiency of selected participants

Admission Requirements
  • Must be age 21 or older and will be admitted as mature students
  • Must have proof of citizenship/residency status in Canada and Quebec*

*Note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they have the correct immigration documentation (e.g. study permit / work permit with conditions allowing them to study) to be able to participate in this initiative.

How to Apply

Please contact seed.scs [at] to request the application form.

The 2023 application period is March 1 – 20, 2023.

Following the application period, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

News and Articles
Scotiabank SEED Program

Largest-ever gift to McGill’s School of Continuing Studies will establish unique professional development program for members of marginalized groups News

Carola Weil

Empowering career boost for newcomers, marginalized groups

Experiential learning, coaching and internships are part of a new professional development program at the School of Continuing Studies buoyed by a $2-million gift from Scotiabank. Dean Carola Weil elaborates on the inspiration and aspirations for the SEED Initiative.

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