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Colleges and institutes welcome support for social innovation

Ottawa, June 17, 2016 – Colleges and institutes across Canada will be providing more applied research services to their communities thanks to new grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) supports ground-breaking projects that fuel social innovation by leveraging the talent, resources and expertise available in colleges and institutes across the country.

The CCSIF aims to increase college capacity to collaborate with local community organizations to address social issues such as poverty reduction, crime prevention, Indigenous community development, immigrant integration, supporting youth and adults with disabilities and adapting to climate change.

The new grants were announced today by the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at George Brown College in Toronto. Thirty-five grants valued at a total of $7.4 million were awarded to 22 colleges and institutes to support social innovation research.

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“Colleges and institutes have always acted as community hubs and play a vital role in supporting social innovation through education, research and partnerships with local businesses and non-profits. Thanks to SSHRC’s support, more community partners will benefit from the skills and expertise of faculty and students. The results of these projects will help improve the lives of countless Canadians.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada.

“The projects funded today will help connect the applied research of our colleges and polytechnics to the communities that stand to benefit from them the most. I am pleased these remarkable institutions, like George Brown, are leveraging evidence-based research techniques to build strong, healthy communities.”
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

“We are proud to support the Community and College Social Innovation Fund. This initiative will lead to the discovery of more effective ways to engage with Canadians to help deliver evidence-based community services and strengthen communities as a whole through research.”
Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

“Thanks to their strong roots in communities across Canada, colleges and institutes are able to make a tremendous contribution to social innovation at a local and national level. Supporting applied research at colleges and institutes is a powerful way to encourage further partnerships that will fuel innovation while providing the next generation of innovators with the tools and experience they need to bring us even further.”
Tim Walzak, Director, Applied Research & Innovation, Camosun College & Chair of CICan’s National Research Advisory Committee (NRAC)

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.


For more information:

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Tel. : 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan