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3. How Do I Apply?

3.1 When do I Need to Apply? (May 1 - June 13, 2017)

The Drywall Support Program will be open for applications at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Mountain Daylight time on Monday, May 1, 2017 and close Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the following local times:

  The Drywall Support Program portal will close
at the following time on June 13, 2017.
Province British
Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba
Local Time 1:00pm 2:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm

No applications will be accepted outside the application period.

3.2 How do I Apply Online?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online.

The application is posted on WD’s website.

An online application can be saved and submitted later, allowing you to complete it in more than one session. Applicants are encouraged to review the requirements well in advance of the deadline.

Please see below for detailed instructions on how to complete and submit an online application.

Please note that submitting an application does not constitute a commitment from WD. There is no guarantee an application will result in a payment.

4. How do I Start, Save and Submit an Application?

Save a draft application as soon as you can - To do so, the following fields on the application form need to be completed so WD can find the saved application if you require technical support.

  • Questions 1 – 4, and 6: Primary contact information

Save frequently – This will help prevent you from losing data that you have inputted in the event there is an Internet interruption or your session is timed out.

Accessing your saved application form – Once you have successfully saved your application, an email will be sent to the email address of the Primary Contact noted on the form. If the Primary Contact is not the person completing the application, he/she will need to forward this email to the individual who is. You can only access your saved application with the information (weblink) included in that email, so it is critical that you save the email. Do not bookmark the application in your internet browser.  Always open the saved form using the link in the email.

When you receive that “saved application” email from WD, please do the following:

  • Click on the Application Retrieval Link included in the “saved” email.
  • You will require a GCKey to open your saved application.
    • A GCKey is a unique username and password that allows access to, and protects your communication with, online Government of Canada programs and services.
    • Detailed instructions on using a GCKey are available.
  • If you do not already have a GCKey, you can register for one when opening your saved application for the first time.
    • Step 1. Select the “Continue to GCKey” button (this will be the second option on your screen).
    • Step 2. Select the “Sign Up” button on the right-hand side of the GCKey login page.
    • Step 3. Follow the instructions on your screens to create a username and password.
  • Once you have registered for a GCKey, select the “Continue to GCKey” button and input your username/password.
    • WD recommends that you create a new (separate) GCKey for each individual application you submit to Western Economic Diversification.  Creating a unique GCKey for each application allows you to share the GCKey with others who may need to view or work on the application. In the event another individual must gain access to the saved application, sharing the GCKey is at your organization’s risk and discretion. As such, we do not recommend using the Sign-in Partner method using financial institutional partners; however, this option is available for those who prefer it.

It is important to note the following:

  • You must save the link contained in the email you receive from WD after saving your application for the first time to retrieve a saved draft of your application. You will not receive another email when saving your work in the future.
  • Once you have accessed the saved application form with your GCKey, only that GCKey will be able to access the form. Therefore it is important that you do not lose your GCKey username and password.
  • In the event another individual must gain access to the saved application, sharing the GCKey is at your own risk and discretion.
  • It is important to remember your GCKey username as it cannot be retrieved if lost. In the event your GCKey username is lost, a new application will have to be started.
  • If you experience technical difficulties related to accessing your saved application form, please contact WD at 1-888-338-9378 or by email: wd.ab-ab.deo@canada.ca.

Additional Tips:

  • Logout when you are finished working with the form, for the day.
  • If you are using two separate GCKeys for any reason, you may need to clear your computer browsing history when logging out from one saved form and logging into another.

Submitting your application form:

  • Save a final version of your application using the “Save” button at the top of the application form. Please ensure you have attached all required additional documentation.
  • Once you submit your application, you can no longer re-open the form. Be sure to either print a copy or convert it to PDF and save before you submit.
  • Select the “Validate/Submit” button at the top of the application form to formally submit your online application to WD.
  • Once the validation of your application is complete you will have to select a second “Submit” button.
  • A "saved" application that is not formally submitted will not be considered for funding.
  • The Primary Contact will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission. If you do not receive this confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting it, please check your email spam folder, as it might have been classified as spam by your email server. If you still don’t have a confirmation email, please contact WD at 1-888-338-9378 or by email: wd.ab-ab.deo@canada.ca.