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Science in Canada's North Program Series




Once again, through the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) is coordinating a nation-wide program to provide a forum for public engagement on research activities and science in Canada’s North.


Café Scientifiques are public engagement events that take place in an informal setting like a science centre, pub or restaurant. In these friendly settings, the public, scientists, and other researchers come together to share their perspectives on an important question that faces society today. The Science in Canada’s North Program Series will focus on questions that face Canada’s North and involve researchers working in the North and on Science in Canada’s North. A peer-reviewed competitive funding process has now opened to allow science centres to apply for project funding to execute these events. The Science in Canada’s North Program Series is expected to attract hundreds of Canadians to explore important issues facing Canada’s north.


The main difference in this series (2015) will be program structure. While Cafe Scientifiques may continue to be the programmatic format of choice for many members, others will explore different models of engagement such as youth symposia, lecturers accompanying film screenings or exhibition events, family science nights, etc.




The objectives of Science in Canada’s North Program Series 2015 are to:

  • Through Canadian science centres, lead an increased awareness of and provide a forum for public engagement on research activities and science in Canada’s north.
  • Inspire Canadian of all ages with role models working in Arctic and Northern science.
  • Strengthen capacity for science centres to execute programming aligned with their community needs.
  • Provide a vehicle for northern science researchers to connect with the public about their work.
  • Create an opportunity to evaluate Canadian’s attitudes, knowledge and increased interest in the issues, trends and opportunities taking place today in Canada’s north.
  • Strengthen relationships between science centres, northern science researchers and other partners.





Eligible organizations must be:

Full, Developing, or Affiliate members of the CASC, and Registered charities or “qualified donees” under Canada’s Income Tax Act


How much funding is available?


Organisations may apply for up to $5,000 per program. Expenses must be justified in the budget.

Organisations can apply for a maximum of two events and/or programs.

The CASC has funding available to support up to 10 events in 2015.






How to Apply


Read the Application Guide


Submit a written application by email (PDF preferred) following the headings and questions in the application guide to Stephanie Deschenes


Your application must be no more than 5 pages long in font no smaller than 12pt.

Your application must be received in advance of the program for which you are seeking support.



Application Deadlines

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis:


Application Deadline   Peer Review Meeting

October 31, 2014           November 15, 2014

January 15, 2015           January 29, 2015

April 15, 2015                April 30, 2015

September 4, 2015         September 17, 2015


Note:  All events must be completed with final reports due by December 31, 2015.


About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation


The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father’s company and during his life established bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing, processing and distribution. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the field of land conservation, education, and science in Canada’s North. In addition, it provides funds to further Canada’s research in neuroscience.



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For more information, please contact: 

Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC)

100 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, Ontario

P3E 5S9


t | 705-522-6825


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