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Funding Opportunities

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On this page, you will find internal and external funding opportunities relevant and available to the EL community at the University. Please contact us if you have any questions or know of additional funding opportunities to include on this page.

Current Funding Opportunities

Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning  (CEWIL) Canada (external link)  announced the creation of its Innovation Hub (iHUB), funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL).

The CEWIL iHUB operates as a centre of expertise that provides grant-based funding to enable and promote curricular work-integrated learning (WIL). WIL focuses on applied research/industry projects, entrepreneurial WIL, field placements, and service-learning WIL. The iHUB supports the advancement of and innovation in these forms of WIL, extends access to WIL and ensures WIL projects are delivered with appropriate quality and learning standards for students.

In early July 2020, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the federal government committed additional work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences through SWPP. 

ESDC has been working with Employer Delivery Partners that work with businesses and post-secondary education institutions to:

  • provide wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements; and
  • create partnerships with colleges, universities, polytechnics and CEGEPs to recruit students for these placements.

Student work placement activities can include, but is not limited to:

  • mentorship programs;
  • co-op placements;
  • practicums;
  • applied research projects; and
  • internships.

While post-secondary institutions cannot apply directly for funding this summer term (May-August 2022), the following partners support eligible employer partners hiring eligible post-secondary students to receive wage subsidy for each placement.

Announced on December 11, 2020, the VLS is a historic $50 million investment by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) intended to drive growth and advancement in virtual learning across the province’s post-secondary institutions. The strategy will expand the possibilities of traditional and life-long learning through the accelerated use of both online and hybrid learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Ontario’s postsecondary education sector as institutions rapidly transitioned to remote delivery. In close consultations with the postsecondary sector in summer 2020, the MCU heard the need for virtual learning supports to enable access to high-quality learning. These results informed the launch of the Virtual Learning Strategy.

The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes Toronto Metropolitan University educators or groups of educators with outstanding teaching records and who have made contributions to advancing teaching and learning at the university. Nominations should focus on i) innovation in teaching, ii) inclusive teaching, or iii) experiential teaching. Up to three awards will be given out annually.

Individual recipients receive a certificate of recognition and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Group recipients receive individual certificates and a total one-time financial award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

CEWIL iHub Funding Recap

Since 2021, Toronto Metropolitan has received over to $1.7 million in funding for innovative work-integrated learning that values the student experience and direct compensation and financial support for students. Over 2000 students have directly benefited from the funding across 16 programs/areas.

These projects tackled social impact internships, PPE access during the pandemic, technology innovation, service-learning initiatives, putting accessibility into practice, and many more critical areas.

CEWIL iHub Funding is grant-based funding to enable and promote curricular work-integrated learning. In year two, $685,000 for 18 work-integrated learning projects was approved and in year two $610,000 for 13 projects was approved.

The EL Hub was happy to assist these fabulous projects by:

  • Sharing the funding with our community,
  • Attending CEWIL iHUB information sessions on behalf of Toronto Metropolitan and sharing knowledge with interested members of our community,
  • Assisting applicants in writing robust applications, 
  • Liaising between internal Toronto Metropolitan groups to streamline internal processes for successful projects,
  • Assisting project leads in completing their final reporting by ensuring leads have and understand all reporting requirements and;
  • Liaising with CEWIL iHUB Canada to ensure that Toronto Metropolitan applicants are compliant and share knowledge.

It’s been amazing to see the CEWIL iHUBl projects come to life due to this funding opportunity. We are happy to have played a part in bringing WIL experiences to the Toronto Metropolitan community.