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Government Of Canada Announces College Research Funding

New research projects will contribute to stronger, safer, healthier Canadian communities
January 21, 2016, Toronto, Ontario—Colleges and polytechnics across Canada are receiving nearly $6 million in federal support through the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) to address a range of social issues, including poverty, community safety and local economic development.

Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan today announced funding for 27 research projects, alongside James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore.

The New Brunswick Community College was the only Atlantic Canadian College to receive funding under the program. The awarded project entitled, Toys or tools: using tablet computers for open-ended literacy learning, will run for 3 years with a budget of $212,000, and will explore challenges around tablet learning for literacy in young children.

Quick Facts
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.