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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 change 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.

Apply Now

Note: Participants must be: legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada.

How to Apply

Applying is as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1: Read through the Application Guide to review all details and requirements.

STEP 2: Using the button under ‘Apply Now’, email us to get in touch with a contact at a C2R2 partner institution to indicate your interest in applying. Let us know your name and institution.

STEP 3: Once connected work with your C2R2 partner institution contact to complete the application form to share with us your brilliant ideas for a more climate resilient Canada.

Applications will be accepted from January 23, 2024 – March 15, 2024

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. Apply to be a Wawanesa Climate Champion through the Youth Innovation Grant today for your chance to be part of a more sustainable future.

Winners Announced: April 22, 2024 – Earth Day

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.

* Note: 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.

Learn more: wawanesa.com

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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.

Learn more: resilientcolleges.ca

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