April 21, 2021


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Association Updates

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We are excited to partner with the Discovery Centre, Science North and The Exploration Place to deliver "Inspiring Youth to Climate Action"! This new program funded by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

Inspiring Youth to Climate ActionProgram: $6 million initiative

The Discovery Centre in Halifax, Science North in Sudbury, The Exploration Place in Prince George and CASC are excited to join forces to deliver on a new program funded by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Inspiring Youth to Climate Action program funded through the Climate Action Fund, will invest $6 million to create new opportunities for member Science Centres across Canada to engage youth in innovative activities to inspire them to take real action to fight climate change.  Over the coming months, details about how CASC members can participate will be shared.  

Learn more about the program here and attend the CASC AGM on June 24, 2021 to hear about the latest program updates.


ScienceUpFirst is a social media movement developed by a team of independent scientists, health care providers and science communicators to stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19. And April 24-30 is the WHO's World Immunization Week. So to support Canadians to make the informed decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19, ScienceUpFirst will be helping a cast of all-star Canadian physicians and healthcare workers counter vaccine misinformation with short mythbusting videos. Please help share our campaign by following @ScienceUpFirst on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and sharing our content with your networks.


CASC 2021 Virtual ConferenceJune 1-3, 2021Registration will open in May.

CASC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place June 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST. Stay tuned for details.

CASCADE Awards to take place in the Fall during Science Literacy Week, September 21-26, 2021.  Watch for nomination information to be released in the coming months.

> Upcoming Member Discussions

Topic: COVID-19 Recovery 

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Location: ZOOM

Who should attend? CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors, or designated senior leaders.

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

News & Opportunities


Science Odyssey: May 1-16 

Join the adventure & Host an Event

Science Odyssey is Canada’s biggest festival of science and technology with over 1000 activities for explorers of all ages. 

Powered by NSERC.
NSERC launches a new explainer video 

With its colourful visuals and playful tone, this video explains various obstacles that stand between an individual and their quest for truth in a way that’s clear and accessible. It also explores the nuances between fact and opinion in the media. Collaborating for the first time, the  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)  and  Observatoire  share a common goal: to promote the importance of science culture.


The Rideau Hall Foundation established Canadian Innovation Week to recognize Canadian achievements and inspire the next generation of innovators. 

The 4th annual Canadian Innovation Week will be held May 17-21, 2021. Join the virtual celebration on social media and discover ingenious stories in the fields of accessibility, health and medical tech, agriculture, education and more. #CanadianInnovationWeek toolkit, theme days, and event info coming soon.

Learn more about #CanadianInnovationWeek at

The country’s largest youth STEM outreach and promotional event is going virtual!  

As part of the weeklong 2021 Virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF)STEM Expo enables visiting students and teachers (grades 5-11) to explore STEM exhibits.  It is free for all visitors and will take place May 19-21 from 12:00 noon to 3:00pm.

We are creating a virtual STEM immersion experience unlike any other and we invite museums and science centres to join us and help wow our 35,000 visitors across Canada! 

The details can be found in the STEM Expo Prospectus.

Now available: Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion Benchmark (GDEIB) report is available free from The Centre for Global Inclusion.  Along with the GDEIB comes a suite of User Tools that can aid in approaching and analyzing its contents.

CSPC Conference Call for Proposals

CSPC is excited to announce the themes and topics for the 13th Canadian Science Policy Conference!

As Canada focuses on the future and post-pandemic rebuilding process, the overarching message of CSPC 2021 is shaped by the concept of Building Forward Better.  Proposals will be accepted on any of the conference topics before May 21st.

The CSPC is the most comprehensive science and innovation policy conference, accepted proposals will have a chance to raise and discuss topics at the national level. 

Don't miss these funding opportunities

Rideau Hall Foundation - Scaling up promising practices during COVID-19 for youth-serving organizations

Closes April 30, 2021

This funding will offer grants to these youth serving organizations seeking to build on lessons learned from COVID-19. This funding stream will support youth-serving organizations in scaling up promising initiatives already underway, that both seek to respond to challenges from the pandemic and build capacity and sustainability for initiatives that work to address these challenges in the long term.

Rideau Hall Foundation - Catapult Access Innovation Fund

The Catapult Access Innovation Fund is designed to support youth-serving organizations in Canada to design, build, scale up and evaluate the impact of initiatives to better support Canadian youth, especially youth underserved by the education system and disengaged from education and/or career pathways.

Expression of Interest due April 30th, 2021

Support for Health and Technology Initiatives Benefiting At-Risk Youth - TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is dedicated to funding health and technology focused charitable programs in communities across Canada. The Foundation offers two types of grants to registered charities. Community Grants of up to $20,000 are made through TELUS Community Boards for community-based health programs creating opportunities for at-risk youth that demonstrate the use of technology to increase the impact of their programs. Support is provided in selected areas of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Application deadlines vary by TELUS Community Board region. National, Provincial and Territorial Grants, which range from $20,000 to $200,000, fund national, territorial, and province-wide programs that enable at-risk youth and other vulnerable Canadians to achieve their full potential through health and technology initiatives. The upcoming application deadlines for National, Provincial and Territorial Grants are May 1 and September 1, 2021. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines.

Canada Council for the Arts - Grants Enable Artists and Arts Organizations to Reach Virtual Audiences is a one-time digital innovation initiative that offers grants to arts groups, collectives, and organizations to adapt existing works or create new ones to be shared virtually with audiences. Funded projects will draw on a breadth of artists and arts workers and reach local, Canada-wide, and international audiences. Eligible applicants include Canadian artistic organizations, groups, and collectives. The application deadlines are March 31 and April 28, 2021.

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