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Date: December 4, 2017

Memorandum to: Directors of Education
Secretary-Treasurers of School Authorities
Director of Provincial and Demonstration Schools

From: Marg Connor
Director, Policy Implementation Branch

Lillian Patry
Director (Acting), French-Language Teaching, Learning and Achievement Branch

Subject: Community-Connected Experiential Learning Call for Proposals for Projects 2017‑18

This memo outlines an opportunity to continue the expansion of innovative community-connected experiential learning projects for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Part of the ministry’s multi-year plan to fully realize the commitment in Achieving Excellence includes an intention to enhance community connections in order to provide students with school experiences that are rich and meaningful and reflect an integrated and coherent approach to support student achievement, equity and well-being.

Community-connected experiential learning provides an important vehicle by which diverse communities can collaborate to ensure that the interests, needs, strengths, and aspirations of all students are recognized and reflected in the educational experience.

To support the work related to expanding community-connected experiential learning opportunities in district school boards the ministry has allocated:

  • up to $0.5M in funding for approved K – 12 experiential learning projects;
  • up to $0.75M in funding for approved projects focused on the needs and goals of adult learners;
  • $3M to support the hiring of a new, dedicated Experiential Learning Coordinator in each DSB;
  • $6M in funding to support board-wide expansion of experiential learning through partnership development, building teacher capacity and increasing opportunities for students K – 12.

We are inviting boards to submit proposals for projects involving elementary and secondary students that are relevant and fully accessible to students from diverse backgrounds, abilities and communities. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Projects involving Kindergarten to Grade 8 students;
  • Rural and northern focused projects; and
  • Cooperative education projects with an emphasis on students directing their learning.

The attached Call for Proposals provides an overview of community-connected experiential learning, project criteria and deliverables associated with the funding. The application deadline is January 12, 2018.

The project application form is available for reference only as an attachment in pdf form, but it should be completed and submitted in a Google form here.

The per-project funding allocation will vary depending on project needs, proposals received and proposed budgets. Funding must be spent by August 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Britton at or Carlos Sousa at, Education Officers, Policy Implementation and Skills Branch.

Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting student success initiatives.


Original Signed by
Marg Connor
Policy Implementation Branch

Original Signed by
Lillian Patry
Director (Acting)
French-Language Teaching, Learning and Achievement Branch

c: EDU Regional Offices
EDU Field Team Leads
Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA)
The Ontario Guidance Leadership Association (OGLA)
The Ontario Guidance Counsellors’ Association (OSCA)