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Coup de pouce, customized training (English version)

15% of the cost of the project

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Do you need training for something in particular? This program was made for that purpose! Define your project and get private training tailored to your needs, within a wide range of competencies. 

Submit your request as of now for a project beginning as of September 1st 2021 and finishing, the latest, on the 28th of February. First come, first served, until funding is fully allocated.


  • Until further notice, Coup de pouce projects can take place online, without exception.


Who can submit a Coup de pouce project?

  • The program is geared exclusively to dance professionals (artists, cultural workers, teachers, managers, designers, etc.), whether they are salaried employees, self-employed workers, people receiving employment insurance or social assistance benefits, or people without income.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and must live in Quebec.
  • The Coup de pouce program is geared primarily to candidates based in Montreal, because financing for the program comes from a budget envelope earmarked for training projects in the Montreal area. Nevertheless, the RQD does accept a limited number of candidates from other regions. Please do not hesitate to submit your application if you live outside of Montreal.
  • Membership in the RQD is not required, but applications from our members are given priority.
  • Recipients of employment insurance or social assistance benefits, or job integration support or support for self-employment (examples: wage subsidy, Young Volunteers, etc.) are eligible. All they need to do is notify the agent responsible for their file of their intention to participate in the custom continuing professional training program.
  • Professionals from other artistic disciplines, full- or part-time students, temporary foreign workers and salaried employees whose employer is subject to the Act to promote workforce skills development and recognition (an employer with a total payroll of more than $2 million) are not eligible for Coup de pouce.

Important: All candidates participating in the same Coup de pouce project must meet these criteria.


Eligible training activities

  • Custom individual training
  • Custom training for small groups of participants with the same need
  • Online training in asynchronous mode (only if it is possible to receive assistance, as required, by a trainer)

Important: Due to the current pandemic, Coup de pouce projects must take place online in order to be eligible.


Eligible areas of competency

Your training project must result in an improvement of your competencies, employability or employment conditions in the following areas:

  • Artistic and disciplinary competencies in related areas of artistic expression
  • Career management and management of cultural organizations
  • Overall knowledge of cultural communities, and the right to and globalization of artistic activities
  • Marketing, communications, development and commercialization
  • Audience development and cultural mediation
  • New technologies

Ineligible projects

  • Training programs, classes or workshops eligible for the Dancer Training Support Program
  • Hiring a consultant to carry out a project or a collaborator required for a project
  • Training a new employee
  • Learning or rehearsing a new show
  • Participating in a conference, symposium, congress or seminar
  • Second language instruction or participation in a francization project
  • Training or workshops offered outside Quebec
  • Other training activities, classes or workshops financed by Services Québec or not eligible for the Services Québec program that finances Coup de pouce

If you have a question concerning your project’s eligibility for the program, please contact our professional development coordinator before you submit your Coup de pouce project.


How to submit a Coup de pouce project

  1. Define your training needs.
  2. Determine your objectives.
  3. Contact the trainer of your choice.
  4. With your trainer, establish a detailed training plan, noting the trainer’s complete contact information, hourly rate, and if he or she is registered for sales taxes.
  5. Complete our Coup de pouce form and attach your CV and that of your trainer.


Duration of projects

The maximum duration of a Coup de pouce project is usually 12 hours, but projects are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. It can be longer, exceptionally, if justified by the project and if sufficient funds are available through the program.


Processing of applications

Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, until the program funds are exhausted.

The professional development coordinator normally evaluates your project within two weeks. The coordinator ensures that the project is eligible, relevant and realistic, that it consists of a formative activity, and that it has the potential to improve your employment situation. The coordinator also validates your eligibility for the program and expertise as a trainer. If required, the coordinator can help you specify your project or refer you to a trainer.

When your project is accepted, the RQD sends you:

  • An agreement that you and your trainer must sign.
  • An email asking you to complete the Services Québec online participation form.

If there is more than one participant in your training activity, all participants must be eligible and must complete a Services Québec participation form. However, only the applicant is required to sign the agreement with the RQD on behalf of the group.

Important: Your training activity can only begin when the ServicesQuébec participation form is completed by all the participants, when the RQD receives its agreement signed by all the parties, and when your financial contribution has been paid.


Participant’s financial contribution

  • Custom individual training or training for a small group of participants: 15% of the cost of the project (before taxes)
  • Online training in asynchronous mode: 25% of the fees (before taxes)

Once your project has been completed, the RQD pays your trainer’s fees on presentation of his or her invoice and training report.

If your training is online in asynchronous mode, you must pay the registration fee in full and the RQD will reimburse 75% of the fees (plus total taxes) before the start of your training activity, on receipt of the required supporting documents.



Once your Coup de pouce training activity has been completed, the RQD will send you an appreciation form. It is important that you complete this form and return it within the prescribed time frame.

Your evaluation of our training activities is essential in that it helps us maintain their quality, but it is also a requirement for continued financing, as Services Québec requires that participants evaluate all the training activities that it supports.


The Regroupement québécois de la danse’s Coup de pouce program is made possible thanks to financial support from the Government of Quebec and the Compétence Culture, comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre en culture.