Appendix A: Open Education in Canada

There are national several organizations dedicated to advancing open education in Canada. These are listed below.

Canada OER

Canada OER, a national working group comprised of OER projects and interested  institutions from provinces and territories across the country, meet bimonthly to share information and promote open education.

For more information, see Canada’s Open Education Initiatives.

Creative Commons (CC) Canada

  • Date Founded: September 18th, 2018
  • Representative to the Global Network Council: Christina Hendricks
  • Network lead: Amy Buckland
  • Network vice-lead: Christina Hendricks
  • Contact:  Email
  • Social Media: Twitter
  • Slack
  • First Chapter Meeting Minutes

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

CARL | ABRC website

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA)

CASA | ACAE website

  • CASA’s 2018 pre-budget submission includes: “That the Tri-Agencies create a pilot grant program, at an estimated $8 million, to support the development and distribution of OERs.”
  • CASA’s 2016 advocacy week recommendations includes, listed last: “That government invest $7 million per year as a pilot project for supporting OERs, as they increase access to learning for all of society and are capable of reaching non-traditional student groups.”

Open Government (Canada)

Open Database of Educational Facilities

Student Debt: Canada’s Repayment Assistance Plan (for student loans)

If you are having difficulty or are unable to make your payments, you can apply to have the Government of Canada and your provincial or territorial government help you by paying towards your loan with the Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP).


Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (“the Agencies”) are federal granting agencies that promote and support research, research training and innovation within Canada. As research and scholarship become increasingly multi-disciplinary and collaborative, both domestically and internationally, the Agencies are working to facilitate research partnerships by harmonizing domestic policies and aligning with the global movement to open access.

Authors of scholarly articles: See Understanding Author Agreements (from Western University Libraries)

Last update: Sept 12/19


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