Social Innovation Project

Social Innovation Project. Banner depicting two students collaborating on a project.

Registration for Social Innovation Projects are now open! Volunteer for this opportunity here.

Develop your skills, create innovative real-life projects, and positively impact your community!

Local not-for-profit organizations are often faced with multiple resource challenges and competing needs that they need to prioritize. Functional needs come first, but many of these organizations may not always have the time, or financial resources to allocate to exploring new opportunities and innovative ideas that could potentially bring exciting initiatives to their operations. This is where you come in!

What is a Social Innovation Project?

Social Innovation Projects pair a team of student volunteers with a community organization who have identified a challenge or problem within their organization. The team of UTM students will work together with the organization over a 16-week period to come up with an achievable solution for that problem. As a volunteer, you will be working on real-life projects to develop an attainable solution for a community organization that you will present back to the Board of Directors in the spring when the project ends. These projects are then discussed by the board and eventually implemented by the community organization.

The volunteer commitment students can expect for the Social Innovation Projects is 2-5 hours per week from October-March (breaks for reading week and exams are accommodated). Hours are flexible dependant on student schedules.

Partners and Projects for 2019-20

Learn more about our past partners and projects by clicking the links below:


When you register for any Community Engagement Experience, you will notice that each opportunity relates to a "theme". Find a theme that you connect with to find a project that might suit your interests. Here are your options: 



Children & Youth

This area is for those interested in working with children and youth. Past projects have included working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Newcomer Centre of Peel etc. 

Adult & Elderly Support

This area is for those interested in working with adults and elderly. Past projects have included working with Sheridan Villa Long Term Support Centre.

Health Related

If you have an interest in health and wellbeing, this theme is for you. Past projects have included working with Canadian Mental Health Association. 

Business/Technology Based

Those interested in creation of business reports, or technology -based projects (i.e. marketing, social media, videos etc.) should choose this theme. 

Food Projects

Projects in this theme focus on working and supporting food security and local food markets/food banks.


Working to ensure the Peel Region is focused on our ecological footprint, these projects include working with partners like Ecosource.

Event Coordination 

Choose this theme if event creation is your passion. Work with partners to see their events come to life with your support.

Physical Community Development

This theme focuses on creating community spaces that are more functional and welcoming to the area.


Registration is now closed for 2019-2020

There are a few steps before you can officially register for your project, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the mandatory online Volunteer Training module in Quercus. 
  2. Complete the registration form by Thursday October 24th by noon. (Register here)
  3. You will receive an e-mail confirming your spot in your project by October 24th.
  4. We'll see you on Saturday October 26th from 10am-4pm where you will meet your team, connect with your Communtiy Organization, and kick-off your project!

This experience is approved on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! Links to the ccr website.


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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