Community-Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) is an emerging national network and community of practice focused on strengthening Canadian communities by increasing the capacity, infrastructure and impact of equitable community-campus partnerships of all types, including student experiential learning, community-engaged research, and social innovation. Supportive policy and funding frameworks for Community-Campus Engagement (CCE) are crucial to the work. Canadian communities will be stronger when there are better collaborative structures to link together post-secondary institutions (PSIs), community-based organizations (CBOs), funding agencies (including governmental bodies and pri-vate foundations) and other networks.

Yet there are challenges in developing CCE across Canada. This discussion paper briefly reviews these challenges based on comparisons with international CCE network infrastructures. The paper touches on provincial funding of CCE, federal funding, and foundation funding. The paper then examines a new funding partnership in development between the CCEC and Mitacs.

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Title page of discussion paper titled: CCE Policy and Funding: The Challenge Ahead