Ottawa, January 21, 2016 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased that a first round of grants was awarded for 27 projects in 20 colleges and institutes across the country under the Community College Social Innovation Funds (CCSIF). Nearly $6 million have been invested in support of a variety of applied research projects and partnerships looking at social innovation.
The CCSIF is administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and aims to increase college capacity to engage in collaborative projects with community organizations and businesses to address social issues such as poverty, crime prevention, Indigenous community development, immigrant integration, addressing the needs of youth and adults with disabilities and adapting to climate change.
“Social innovation is a priority for colleges and institutes and they work in close collaboration with a variety of organizations to make a difference in their community”, said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “We are thrilled to see the federal government’s support for these initiatives that allow community organizations to tap into the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and institutes.”
Launched as a pilot project in 2014, the CCSIF is expanding research opportunities for colleges, institutes and their partners across the country. As part of its 2016 Budget priorities, CICan recommends increasing funding for the fund by $5M annually and making the program permanent to strengthen college and institute partnerships with communities to find solutions to social challenges.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.
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