Wilfrid Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems project receives funding for project: “Testing on-line farmers’ markets in food insecure neighbourhoods”

June 11, 2018, OTTAWA – Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority announced 28 organizations from across Canada who will receive a grant from its Community Investment Program. This program provides roughly $1 million annually to Canadian not-for-profits, charities and academic institutions doing good things for and through the Canadian internet. To date, CIRA has provided $5.45 million in grants for projects that improve digital literacy, internet infrastructure, access and online services.

“We are excited to embark on the fifth year of CIRA’s Community Investment Program by funding 28 new and innovative projects,” says David Fowler, vice president of marketing and communications at CIRA. “CIRA has an ambitious goal to build a better online Canada and we know this can’t be achieved on our own. The Community Investment Program is one of the key ways we invest in Canada’s internet and we’re proud of the many organizations we’ve funded over the years, including these latest recipients.”

Among the recipients of the CIRA grant is Wilfrid Laurier’s Centre for Sustainable Food Systems for Dr. Theresa Schumilas’ project, “Testing on-line farmers’ markets in food insecure neighbourhoods.” This project brings two under-represented groups (urban food insecure communities and isolated rural ecological farmers) into the rapidly expanding digital food economy using open access tools. These new tools can improve efficiencies for small-scale producers and enhance the internet experience for urban food consumers.

Announced earlier this year, CIRA is also pleased to offer all grant recipients access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) programs for Canadian public sector startups to help scale up online activities and accelerate the delivery of new products and services. This relationship bolsters the existing $1.25 million in funding from CIRA’s Community Investment Program in 2018 with in-kind technology and support services.

To learn more about the Community Investment Program, visit cira.ca/cip.

For more information about the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, visit the LCSFS Website.

For more information about Dr. Schumilas’ work on open source digital food hubs, check out the “Food Sovereignty Requires Tech Sovereignty” resource page on the FLEdGE website.