External Funding Opportunities

Cooperative Education & Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada has launched an Innovation Hub, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL). The CEWIL iHUB provides grant-based funding to enable and promote curricular work-integrated learning focusing primarily on four types of WIL: applied research/industry projectsentrepreneurial WILfield 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.

Call for Proposals – 2022 Round Three

  • Projects that will take place between September 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023:

    Applications are due by 11:59 EDT on June 7, 2022

For full information related to the most recent call for proposals, please visit CEWIL’s iHub page.

Proposals need to have a minimum cost per student per opportunity of $200 and a maximum cost per student per opportunity of $1800 CAD. As the iHub is designed to support innovation in work-integrated learning, particularly innovation that leverages technology and expanding access to WIL, all project proposals must address one or more of the following key outcomes:

  • Expanding access to WIL opportunities, particularly for under-represented students
  • Removing barriers for students to participate in work-integrated learning
  • Leveraging technology to enhance programming or extend access, including the use of technology to support virtual or remote WIL experiences in response to COVID-19
  • Innovating work-integrated learning through new partnerships and new models for curricular WIL

As one of the core goals of the program is expanding access to WIL to under-represented populations, the iHub project has a specific focus on supporting Indigenous students, racialized Canadians, and persons with disabilities. Other under-represented groups for the purposes of the iHub project include women in STEM, newcomers, and rural and remote students. All projects must involve a Canadian community, post-secondary institution, government, or industry partner. Partners are required to contribute a minimum of 20% of the total project cost in cash or in-kind (e.g., supervision, mentoring, equipment, hosting events, etc.).

For the purposes of iHub funding, eligible students include:

  • registered students in PSE institutions, with no age limit;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,
  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

*NOTE: International/Visa students are not eligible to receive iHub funding.

For updates related to CEWIL funding opportunities, please visit the CEWIL iHUB website.

Divisional Support

Divisional experiential learning / work-integrated learning offices will be working with course instructors to develop and oversee proposals. Please connect with your divisional office as outlined below.

If you do not see a divisional office represented, or if you have questions about the CEWIL iHUB, contact the Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education for support: el.vpiue@utoronto.ca.