December News
Announcing the Civic Innovation Awards
Are you involved in an innovative, collaborative partnership between a postsecondary institution and a city? If so, you may want to apply for a RECODE-Cities for People Civic Innovation Award. Postsecondary institutions may apply in partnership with local governments or agencies, community organizations or businesses, outlining work done to date and the use to which the award funds would be directed. Up to $100,000 will be awarded in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
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Spotlight on Social Finance
The Foundation has made a $160,000 investment in Le Salon 1861, a real estate project to renovate and repurpose Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Church to be a coworking space fostering economic development, community integration, social inclusion and sustainability.
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RECODE COLLABORATE - National Roundtables
RECODE Collaborate is hosting national roundtables on the future of higher education December through January 2016. The roundtables are an opportunity for students to engage with fellow students and campus leaders on complex issues or obstacles they experience in higher education.
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Innovation is Indigenous: Reflections on the first Indigenous Innovation Summit
“The inaugural Indigenous Innovation Summit was a groundbreaking event. This gathering brought together many stakeholders who don’t necessarily always work together: Elders, youth, service providers, academics, artists, social entrepreneurs, foundations, government representatives -- the list goes on. A total of 320 people attended the proceedings from November 18-20, at the beautiful Winnipeg Art Gallery.”
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Applications for funding towards Innoweave coaching open until January 4
“The access to coaching that we received as a result of Innoweave’s support has encouraged us to take steps that we may not have otherwise anticipated or identified as crucial to the process and success of the pilot,” said Quentin Sinclair, Executive Director of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. Applications for Innoweave’s coaching funds are open now until January 4. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique program to help further your organization’s impact.
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New on the blog!
Click on the links below to read some of our favourite blog updates from the past month.
Recode: One Year In and We’re Learning a Lot
RECODE program director, Chad Lubelsky, reflects on the key lessons from RECODE’s first year on campuses across Canada.
En Route to Paris: Ending the Series
Read the final instalment of the En Route to Paris series which was written during the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) by the Foundation associate program director Nicolina Farrella.
Building Caring Communities: Rethinking Services to Persons with Developmental Disabilities In the first of a two-part series, Gord Tulloch, Director of Innovation at PosAbilities, a Foundation grantee, discusses his own professional crisis and the impetus behind the launch of Building Caring Communities.
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Reminder - Call for proposals: Global Social Economy Forum 
Until January 3, 2016, The Global Social Economy Forum is accepting submissions for initiatives to be presented at the GSEF2016. Held in Montreal September 7-9, 2016, the Forum will showcase projects that represent best practice collaborations between public authorities and social economy organizations for the development of cities.
New report on
financial literacy

Building Financial Education: Impact and Insights from the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund, a new report from Prosper Canada, provides a snapshot of the nature and diversity of the community financial literacy field in Canada today and some key challenges it faces, including: community educator training, capacity to meet demand, sustainable funding and limited evaluation resources and expertise.
New Video: SFU Campus to City

This past October, SFU and RECODE partnered to host a day-long, national conversation on the role of colleges and universities in city-building. Campus to City participants explored the three key roles that campuses play as hubs of innovation, as landowner and developers and as community animators.
Online learning for Community Social Pediatrics
La Fondation du Dr. Julien recently launched the Community Social Pediatrics Knowledge Transfer Portal, an online learning and resource platform for pediatricians. The portal also services as a tool to mobilize professionals and practitioners around the community social pediatrics model.
For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials,
visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.