January 28, 2021


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CASC is proud to be a partner in the #ScienceUpFirst: Together Against Misinformation initiative!

#ScienceUpFirst is a digital awareness and engagement campaign that will flood and disrupt social media, in an effort to debunk misinformation, and amplify best-in-class science-based content.

Let's make following science-informed facts a trend! 

Our goal is to help stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19 and we’re so proud that our network and members can play a key role in this effort.

Here's how you can be part of the #ScienceUpFirst movement:

  • Follow us on Twitter,Instagram, and Facebook @ScienceUpFirst

  • Share expert-vetted posts with your networks, members, friends, and followers. 

  • Join the conversation by sharing science-based content using #ScienceUpFirst.

Visit for more information and to learn how you can sign up to do more. Click here for the official press release.

COVID-19 Recovery & Updates

> Government Announcements

  • Minister Ng announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program: News release January 26, 2021 

    Through HASCAP, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions to offer government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million. HASCAP will help businesses with their day-to-day operating costs during the COVID-19 crisis and enable them to invest in their longer-term prosperity.

    HASCAP is available to businesses across the country, in all sectors, that have been hit hard by the pandemic. This includes restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service.

Supports that may benefit some CASC members include

Association Updates

> Your Membership Matters: Join us for 2021!

There is STRENGTH IN BONDS! CASC members are a diverse group of individuals and organizations that support informal learning of science, technology and nature. Your support of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), through your membership, helps us better advocate on behalf of Canada’s science engagement community. Being connected makes us stronger as a community.

> CASC 2021 Annual Conference: We're going virtual!

The Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) is excited to bring our conference virtually to you this year!

Block off the first week of June, 2021 - You won't want to miss out on what we've got planned!

Stay tuned for updates regarding:

  • Call for Session Proposals (February, 2021)
  • Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities (March, 2021)
  • CASCADE Awards Call for Nominations (April, 2021)

> Upcoming Member Discussions

Topic: COVID-19 Response 

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Location: ZOOM

Who should attend? CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors

Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

Topic: School and Public Programming

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Location: ZOOM

Who should attend? Education and Programming staff from CASC member institutions.

Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

News & Opportunities


  • Science North: The virus of misinformation A new online series that will focus on the risks of false or misleading information and how to identify this misinformation. The next episode explores What Happens to You After You Recover from COVID-19? Tune into Facebook or YouTube on February 8, 2021 to find out!

Catch-up on missed episodes:


        • The Canadian Space Agency (CSA): What’s happening in space this winter? This winter is going to be a busy time for space enthusiasts! Not only did the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announce, in December, that two Canadian astronauts are going to fly to the Moon, other fascinating space missions will begin in the next couple of months.

          In Canada, companies will start developing space solutions to protect theNorth Atlantic right whales, an endangered species.

          On February 18, NASA rover Perseverance will land on Mars!

          Follow the CSA on social media to discover other space missions, activities and Canadian announcements. If you plan a Perseverance landing event, or if you have questions about upcoming space projects, let the CSA know! Contact Amélie Giguère to explore how the CSA can
        • NSERC Science Odyssey:  From May 1 to 16, 2021. With a focus on youth and their families, Science Odyssey is a national 16-day campaign in May of each year that raises public awareness and interest in STEAM. The campaign contributes to a robust science culture that values STEAM and allows NSERC to take a national leadership role and provide a focal point for science promotion efforts.


          • Lower Mainland Museum Educators (LMME) Virtual Speaker Series (FREE):
            • Pandemic Plans: Finding new ways to engage and retain your audience: Feb. 17, 2021 3-5PM PST
            • Making it Work - Creating Positive Experiences for your Museum Interns: Mar. 17, 2021, 3-5PM PST
            • Navigating the Digital Terrain of School and Family Programs: Apr. 21, 2021, 3-5PM PST
            • Ring Ring! Connecting Seniors through Creative Artmaking Over the Phone: May 19, 2021 3-5PM PST
            • Work Smarter, Not Harder: Sending Fewer, Better Surveys: June 16 3 - 5PM PST


          FUNDING & GRANTS

            • Kal Tire’s community giving programs are open for application. Tires for Good provides a gift certificate valid for a free set of tires to support Canadian non-profit organizations. It can be used for an organization’s operational vehicle or as a fundraising item (e.g. silent auction item). Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2021, with certificates awarded monthly until September 2021. For more information and the online application form visit Tires for Good | Kal Tire.

              • Kal’s RePlay Fund provides grants to Canadian non-profit organizations for recycled rubber products, such as roofing, playground surfaces, flooring, matting, paving and more. For more information and to access the application form, click here: Community - Replay | Kal Tire.
            • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Computers for Schools Plus (CFS+) refurbishes donated digital devices and distributes them to schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations, Indigenous communities, and low-income individuals across Canada. Refurbished devices available through this program include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Applications may be submitted to the local CFS+ Affiliate at any time.
            • National Geographic: COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund for Educators supports individual educators, or an individual educator working in collaboration with other educators or National Geographic Explorers, to design instructional resources that help educators effectively teach in remote or hybrid learning environments. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are provided in the subject areas of science, social studies, and geography. Applications may be submitted until further notice. 
            • The Molson Foundation Support for Arts, Education, and Health Initiatives Across Canada The Molson Foundation brings together community organizations and institutions from across Canada to shape innovation and create lasting change for the benefit of society. Areas of interest include education, health, and arts and humanities. The Foundation usually provides organizations with either seed funding, or one-payment grants. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. There is no specific deadline for submission of grant applications.
            • Thomas Sill Foundation provides grants to improve the quality of life throughout Manitoba. The Foundation’s areas of interest include: 1) arts and culture; 2) heritage, including architecture and museums; 3) education, including students at risk and municipal libraries; 4) environment, including water issues; 5) health, including palliative care and mental illness; and 6) responses to community, including community well-being, poverty, women’s shelters, daycares, and mentally and physically challenged people. Grants are awarded for capital, operating, or project costs. Registered charities are eligible to apply. There are no application deadlines. 

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              CASC empowers a national network of organizations who champion Science and Innovation by making science approachable, relevant, and accessible.

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