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Through CIRA’s Community Investment Program, we have supported 201 innovative projects across Canada for a total of $10.45 million. 

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ShelterHub

ShelterHub plans to bridge a service gap by providing survivors of domestic violence with online supports, services and lifesaving connections. ShelterHub will offer virtual crisis counselling, access to personalized safety strategies, system navigation, service referrals and education to raise awareness to end violence against women and children – with a focus on Ontario in this first phase.

Organization
The Redwood Shelter
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Digital mentoring platform to support the acquisition and the sharing of work experience of Canadian immigrants

This project will develop an online digital collaborative training platform that supports Canadian work experience procurement. It will help connect and mentor immigrant job seekers with people through their career development process.

Organization
Université du Québec à Montréal
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
National

Pathways for Youth in Government Care: Digital Tools for Transitions

Youth in care in Canada deserve high quality digital tools to support their successful transitioning to flourishing adult citizenship. Our goal is to build and test a specific prototype app, co-designed with youth to support youth-centered digital preparations for more successful transitions from care. Primary beneficiaries will include youth in and from government care, and support persons who work with these young people in the province of Saskatchewan.

Organization
Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Cultivating Carbon Neutral Canadians

Young Canadians are deeply concerned about climate change. Project Neutral will empower school-aged Canadians to measure their carbon footprint and give them tools to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their lives and communities. This project leverages Project Neutral’s innovative carbon-benchmarking and engagement platform to create easy-to-use digital tools and educational resources tailored for grades 6-10 students.

Organization
Project Neutral
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
National

The Gleaning Hub Phase 2

The Gleaning Hub will provide non-profit and grassroots gleaning initiatives across Canada access to a sophisticated online database and organizing tool. More efficiency means larger harvests, more connectivity and more food finding its way to those who need it most.

Organization
LifeCycles Project Society
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Oral History Digital Portal

This online portal will provide access to oral history recordings exploring the history of Jewish life in Western Canada. This collection provides an unparalleled insight into Canada's history covering religion, labour, music, theatre, business, politics among other topics.

Organization
Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Counselling Live Chat For Youth

The Counselling Live Chat for Youth (CLCY) provides youth with mental health issues or questions the ability to connect with a clinician through use of a mobile application. This gives rural and remote youth more direct access to professional advice and/or referral to ongoing service. It complements existing traditional mental health services offered at Hands.

Organization
HandsTheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Nêhiyawê Instructional Syntax Online for Teaching and Knowledge (NISOTAK)

The Nisotak application will provide language instruction and exercises for learning Cree syntax (word and sentence formation). The project will develop a database of morphemes and syntax rules, a back-end interface for updating the database, and a front-end interface for learning and practicing Cree through engaging and culturally relevant activities.

Organization
College of Education - University of Saskatchewan
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2019
Geographic reach
Regional

Development of technology and online content

Due to the sheer expansiveness of Canadian territory, there is a large need for Internet-based professional educational support services. This project supports the production of educational content on a reputable website that is free for everyone. 

Organization
Allô Prof
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
Regional

Street Messaging System (SMS)

A custom web application that sends text alerts about shelter, food, health, and jobs and training opportunities was developed.

Organization
Vancouver Community Network
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
Local

5th Thule Expedition Atlas

The Kitikmeot Heritage Society developed an interactive multi-media Atlas to repatriate Inuit cultural knowledge, including material culture, collected by the 5th Thule Expedition (1921-1924).

Organization
Kitikmeot Heritage Society
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

Making Makers

The Textile Museum created an interactive web resource for individuals and community organizations to engage youth and lifelong learners through cultural activity that integrates traditional and technological “making”.  

Organization
Textile Museum of Canada
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

Represent sustainability and growth

Open North maintains the largest database and API (represent.opennorth.ca) of Canadian electoral boundaries and elected officials at all levels of government. Open North completed two key activities to ensure the database's long-term sustainability and growth.

Organization
Open North Inc
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

What's Around Me? Conveying Environmental Awareness to the Visually Impaired Community

This project will enrich the awareness of the visually impaired community of places around them and services available. In turn, individual users will gain greater autonomy and confidence in exploring their environment, whether in familiar areas or previously unvisited parts of their cities.

Organization
McGill University
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
National

Online Toolkit for Increasing Voter Engagement in Canada

Open Democracy Manitoba developed a toolkit for building non-partisan websites to connect citizens, politicians and the local media. This toolkit is used to build future versions of WinnipegElection.ca and ManitobaElection.ca. 

Organization
Open Democracy Manitoba
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
Regional

Making Youth Empowering Parents accessible to all Canadian Communities

With this project, thousands of disadvantaged adults/seniors are expected to be trained in digital literacy across Canada.

Organization
Youth Empowering Parents
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
Regional

LSLIRC-TARR Web Research & Archive Portal

A web portal was created that functions as a centralized accessible online resource for rural First Nation communities in Alberta to assist in treaty interpretation, social advocacy, historical claims, and genealogical research.

Organization
LSLIRC-TARR
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

Improving Canadians’ access to their personal information

This project will develop an online platform to help more Canadians access their information from commercial organizations and governmental agencies, bridging the gap between citizens and their personal data.

Organization
Open Effect
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
National

TalkRights

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association created Talk Rights, an online space for Canadians to learn about their rights and freedoms.

Organization
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

eLearning application

This application makes the Internet better for Canadians by providing thousands of individuals access to virtual training related to the grocery store recovery program operated by the local network of Québec food banks (18 Moissons).

Organization
Moisson Montréal
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
Regional

Social e-mentoring network

A platform designed to help young people aged 14 to 30 derive the maximum benefit from e-mentoring and access innovative career counselling services. 

Organization
Academos Cybermentorat
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
Regional

Fruit Share Connection Service

Building on Fruit Share's current work of rescuing surplus fruit by connecting local fruit owners with volunteer pickers, this project will create an automated online tool to connect fruit owners with fruit pickers to enable more people to rescue more fruit in a more timely, efficient and cost effective way.

Organization
Fruit Share
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
National

Menteer

The Career Skills Incubator expanded an open source modular web application to create a career development social network. 

Organization
Career Skills Incubator
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2014
Geographic reach
National

Creation of a Next Generation 911 Development Forum

The Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) is working with stakeholders to ensure that communities across the country can deploy next generation 9-1-1 services in ways that keep costs under control and leverage investments between communities. For instance, greater interoperability could mean that a smaller community could link their 9-1-1 system with a county or regional system, gaining access to a greater variety of services at a lower cost.

Organization
CITIG
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2015
Geographic reach
National

eLearning volunteer application

Online platform to register and record information about volunteers to facilitate the work of managing food donations.

Organization
Moisson Montreal
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
Local

Developing a Mobile Application to Facilitate the Settlement of Newcomers to Canada (AMFINAC)

The objective of this initiative is to support newly arrived immigrants to Canada during the settlement phase by developing an application for smart phones that will be built around current Internet advances and will help them to integrate into Canadian society by facilitating access to the information, services and human contacts that are likely to meet their immediate needs.

Organization
Université du Québec à Montréal Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les enjeux socioculturels du numérique en éducation
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

Connected North: Content Bank Expansion Project

Connected North is a leading edge program that delivers immersive and interactive education services, through high definition, two-way video technology.

Organization
TakingITGlobal Connected North project
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

Online Services Platform to Assist Communities to Prevent Homelessness

This project will develop an online platform to support local communities and non profits to provide housing education, capacity building and additional tools to support successful tenancies and prevent homelessness.

Organization
Ready to Rent BC Association
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

MVAEC Digital Knowledge Interface for Aboriginal Youth

This project will create an innovative, culturally appropriate mobile interface system that reduces the barriers to access online information sought while creating more engaged and personalized connections between aboriginal communities and organizations delivering online knowledge and services.   Improving access and creating stronger connections and culturally appropriate knowledge sharing is on the path to reconciliation.

Organization
Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Local

Testing on-line farmers’ markets in food insecure neighbourhoods

This project brings two under-represented groups (urban food insecure communities and isolated rural ecological farmers) into the rapidly expanding digital food economy using open access tools.  These new tools can improve efficiencies for small scale producers and enhance the internet experience for urban food consumers. 

Organization
Wilfrid Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

The Water Reader: Transforming Citizen Science for Waterways

This project will empower water lovers in Canada by developing an affordable way for them to test phosphorus using an inexpensive sensor and a phone to interpret results. Canadians can learn how to test and share their results on an open, citizen-led, accessible platform.

Organization
Water Rangers
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

Circle of Indigenous Languages

The Circle of Indigenous Languages is a digital learning centre and database created to revitalize the endangered languages of Canada's Indigenous peoples.  Its goal of revitalization encompasses three key offerings: digitization of existing recordings; real-time, online language mentoring; sharing of user-made content, meaning anyone with access to a phone/computer can easily add their own recording to the site.

Organization
University of Saskatchewan - The Office of First Nation & Metis Relations
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

Re-storing Sensual And Sexual-Self: An Online Support Group for Cancer (ReSASS)

This project will address a service gap in cancer care.

Organization
University Health Network - de Souza Institute
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

Building a methodology to fill the gaps in First Nations internet speed test data monitoring

This project will develop an open source methodology outlining how to configure inexpensive devices to conduct internet performance tests, collect the resulting data, and analyze it.

Organization
Cybera
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

Food Recovery Online Tool: Connecting Surplus Food with People in the Cowichan Region

The Food Recovery Online Tool will connect businesses with surplus food to community organizations providing food to those in need. This contributes to social and environmental sustainability through capturing and redistributing surplus food, keeping it from the landfill. 

Organization
Cowichan Green Community
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

Building a more engaged world: Project for strengthening the community sector and the social economy

Development of an online platform that would allow for unification of the community sector and social entrepreneurship in a centralized virtual space where citizens can gather together based on their interests and the causes that are important to them.

Organization
Conseil de la Coopération de l'Ontario
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

From Water to Web: Developing DataStream Training Labs for water monitors and volunteers

This project will improve Atlantic Canadians' digital literacy through tools and developed training to upload and share water quality data on an open-access platform - Atlantic DataStream.

Organization
Community Based Environmental Monitoring Network - Saint Mary's University
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Regional

KidsGrief.ca for Educators

Grieving children are among society's most vulnerable members. While children often spend more waking hours with educators than they do with their parents, few educators receive training in recognizing and supporting children's grief.

Organization
Canadian Virtual Hospice
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

National Digital Map of Arts and Learning

The arts matter more than ever today, because it is through participating in the arts that we acquire the creative skills needed to solve the social, cultural and economic problems facing our country.

Organization
Canadian Network for Arts and Learning Foundation
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
National

Digital Literacy at the Margins: Navigating the Internet while Aging with HIV

This project will empower people aging with HIV to become actively involved in their health and well-being through online access to treatment information. 

Organization
Aids Community Care Montreal (ACCM)
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2018
Geographic reach
Local

Street Messaging System Expansion

The Vancouver Community Network launched the Street Messaging System (SMS) allowing social service providers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to broadcast text messages to community members with shelter, food, harm reduction and jobs information. 

Organization
Vancouver Community Network
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
Regional

Online game: Learning and Loving to Read

Creation of an online game for learning to read and to comprehend text and the grammar of sentences.

Organization
Alloprof
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

No Wrong Door: building effective online settlement services for newcomers to Canada

Provide accessible online service channels, human service organizations can expand their service offerings and reach, particularly with newcomers who currently do not access support that requires a face-to-face interaction. 

Organization
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

Improving meta-cognitive skills of Canadians through a community-based educational online game

Athabasca University's School of Computing and Information Systems will improve the critical thinking, problem solving and innovation skills in Canadians through a community-based, educational, online game that allows users to play against each other in a set of sub games, each focusing on improving these skills. 

Organization
Athabasca University, School of Computing and Information Systems
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

The Produce Gleaning Hub

The Fruit Tree Project organizes 400 volunteers to harvest over 600 fruit trees and 10 farms to yield over 22,000 kg of local, healthy produce for community centres, food banks and community organizations. 

Organization
Lifecycles Project Society
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

Toward a clear understanding of Canadian Internet policy consultations

This project will extract and analyze the publicly available data submitted to the 2016 CRTC Basic Service Objective consultation. 

Organization
Cybera
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

Project Pheonix

Project Pheonix will empower people to become change agents through online access to environmental law information. 

Organization
Quebec Environmental Law Center
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National

Moving From the Field to the Web: Data Sharing for Water Monitoring

Lake Winnipeg Foundation is working with community members to collect data that will inform water quality policy and practices. 

Organization
Lake Winnipeg Foundation
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
Regional

Remote Rights

Online civil liberties education to rural and remote communities in Canada.

Organization
Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
Regional

Grade 7/8 Mathematics Courseware

Providing online learning materials on math and computer science for free. 

Organization
University of Waterloo – The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computer Science
Project type
Online services
Funding year
2017
Geographic reach
National