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Be a Climate Champion
Help Shape the Future with $30,000!

Wawanesa Climate Champions: Youth Innovation Grant

Through Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery, Wawanesa Insurance is awarding FIVE outstanding projects $30,000 each to launch or enhance a climate adaptation or climate mitigation project.

Youth Leaders

Through Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery, participants between 18-30 years of age will have the opportunity to lead climate-related projects that support real change in their communities or across the country.

Expert Support

You won’t be alone on this journey! Our Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery partner institutions will be available to help guide, mentor, and support the work you’re doing and ensure your project reaches its full potential. All projects will be run through local C2R2 partner institutions.

Make a Difference

Be the change you want to see. Your project could be the key to a more sustainable, green future. Once you’re awarded funds, you’ll have one full year to implement your solution effectively.

A blue background with windmills and the Wawanesa and C2R2 logo announce the 5 recipients of the Wawanesa Climate Champions Youth Innovation Grant

Next application opportunity coming Winter 2024/25!

Join the Climate Action Movement Today!
Canada needs your innovative solutions now more than ever. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a Climate Champion that creates lasting change.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

Who is Eligible?

Participants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in a post-secondary program or have recently graduated (within 2 years) from a post-secondary program at one of the 14 identified C2R2 partner institutions.*

Participants must be considered a youth as defined by C2R2 (18-30 years of age).

Participants must obtain approval from a designated contact at a C2R2 partner institution in order to apply.

Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery is a coalition with representation coast to coast to coast. We encourage youth from all backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups to apply. Participants do not need to be enrolled in an environmental/climate related program as all disciplines of study have potential for climate action solutions. 


About Us​

Wawanesa Insurance - Community Impact:

Wawanesa is a Canadian-owned and operated mutual insurance company that takes pride in being there for its members and communities. In addition to serving over 1.3 million members across Canada, the company invests over $3.5 million annually to support organizations that strengthen Canadian communities, with a focus on supporting organizations on the front lines of climate change.

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Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery:

Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) is a coalition of leading colleges, cégeps, institutes and polytechnics from across Canada, and is one of the driving forces in providing the skills required to transition to a clean economy in Canada. C2R2 members are leaders in education training and applied research and hold particular strength with respect to climate action and sustainability across a number of sectors.

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