CEWIL Innovation HUB (iHub) Funding

During a given term, Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada can call for project proposals as part of the CEWIL Innovation Hub (iHub), funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL).

The CEWIL iHub seeks to fund innovative curricular work-integrative learning (WIL) opportunities in the areas of applied research/industry projects, entrepreneurial WIL, field placements, and community-engaged learning, offered in specified semesters for undergraduate and graduate courses. 

This grant-based funding is intended to enable and promote the following types of curricular WIL: applied research/industry projects, entrepreneurial WIL, field placements, and service-learning WIL. All projects must address one or more of the following key outcomes:

  • Expanding access to WIL opportunities, particularly for under-represented students (i.e., the iHub project has a focus on supporting Indigenous students, racialized Canadians, persons with disabilities, women in STEM, newcomers, and rural and remote 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

Proposal Requirements:

  • Funding must be used to create new and innovative WIL experiences, enhance existing WIL experiences and/or expand access to WIL experiences. Project proposals must clearly articulate how the funding meets these core objectives.
  • All iHub experiences must provide some direct student benefit (e.g., salary, stipend, fee reimbursement or other direct benefit). Student compensation will depend on the nature of the opportunity (length, duration, intensity, and output) and should be clearly explained in detail in the application and the budget template. However, iHub experiences must involve some remuneration or benefit with attached monetary value to the student.

*NOTE: International students with student visas or work visas are not eligible to receive iHub funding.

UTM's Experiential Education Unit will be collecting all Expressions of Interest (EOI) in order to track the number of proposals from our division for each iHub funding round.

There is a current call for proposals that seeks to fund innovative WIL experiences that begin and end between January 2023 and August 2023. Using the link below, please submit one Expression of Interest (EOI) form per course/program by October 4, 2022.

For inquiries regarding the EOI submission form, please contact the EEU at experientialeducation.utm@utoronto.ca.