Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. CIC 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.
Launched as a pilot project in 2014, the CCSIF is expanding research opportunities for colleges, institutes and their partners across the country. Nearly $6 million have been invested in support of a variety of applied research projects and partnerships looking at social innovation. This includes 27 projects in 20 colleges and institutes across the country under the Community College Social Innovation Funds (CCSIF).
The CCSIF will provide $15 million over three years in support of projects at colleges and polytechnics that foster social innovation in Canada.
Under the new initiative, colleges and polytechnics can partner with community organizations and businesses to apply for funding of up to $200,000 to undertake collaborative projects that address community issues.
The CCSIF aims to increase college capacity to engage in collaborative projects with local organizations and businesses, strengthening communities across Canada through research.
Social innovation is about finding more effective ways of engaging Canadians, delivering community services and strengthening communities as a whole through research. It can take the form of a product, process or program that creates positive social outcomes for communities.