CEWIL Innovation HUB (iHub) Funding

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada has announced another 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 the winter semester (January to March 31, 2022) for undergraduate and graduate courses. 

As stipulated in the iHub Applicant Guide, 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.
  • All project proposals require a Canadian community or industry partners. For the purposes of entrepreneurial WIL, industry and community partners can include guest speakers, student mentors, and community or industry partners judging pitch competitions, etc.  Participating host organizations/community/employer 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.).
  • The funding request per eligible student must be between $200 and $1800. These limits include all direct project costs (i.e., costs directly related to running the program such as staffing, supplies, project materials, curriculum development, event costs) as well as a required direct student benefit. Further details on the direct student benefit requirement are provided below. Typical administrative costs (i.e., faculty salaries, benefits, processing fees, overhead costs, project administration) are not eligible.

Please Note: This request for proposals (RFP) has limited funds available, therefore iHub is prioritizing projects in the following order:

  • Projects in Quebec and French projects across Canada
  • Projects in the Atlantic region
  • Innovative projects from institutions that have not yet received iHub funding

*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. Using the link below, please submit one Expression of Interest (EOI) form per course/program by December 3, 2021. 

For inquiries regarding the EOI submission form, please contact Rena Banwait (rena.banwait@utoronto.ca).

Note: The deadline for submission of applications to CEWIL is December 10, 2021. 

CEWIL Canada iHub Funding: Expression of Interest Submission Form