Assessing Perceptions Pertaining to Carbon Pricing in Kingston, Ontario

In their Major Research Papers, Jennifer Bunning and Nora Lobb each will explore the impact of different carbon pricing policies on citizens and businesses in Kingston, Ontario. Both a survey and a focus group will be used to engage with stakeholders from across Kingston. The findings from this research will be presented to provide context around the challenges that face the implementation of a Clean Fuels Standard and Carbon Pricing models in small communities across Canada.

Pan-Canadian Survey of Education Funding Structures and Processes

Across Canadian provinces, there is little standardization or coordination in terms of public education financing. As such, there is no coordination or standardization in public education across Canada. The IPE/BC is interested in producing a report that outlines the diverse funding models used across Canadian provinces and territories. The aim of this project is to be easily understood and accessible to educators, researchers, policy analysts and citizens. The intern will utilize secondary data analysis to gather and analyze information on education funding allocation across Canada.

Benchmarking Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Employment, Business and Social Development Partnership Capacities in Major Resource Projects

Indigenous communities continue to be excluded from the mainstream economy due to a lack of successful partnerships with non-Indigenous businesses. In this project, we will conduct ‘partnership benchmarking’ with resource companies and Indigenous communities establishing the organizational competencies and capacities needed to accelerate economic development.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Practice Research Project

The purpose of this project is to conduct a document review of select philanthropic foundations to investigate the policies and practices used by foundations to address DEI. The intern will also lead knowledge generation and knowledge mobilizations activities in the form of issue briefs and learning sessions to engage foundation staff and board members to their increase awareness and facilitate knowledge exchange and peer learning of DEI policies and practices.

Benchmarking Evidence Based Approaches to New Functional Regions

This research project will build a case and a new definition for contemporary functional economic regions based on fiscal and economic impact analysis and return on investment benchmarking. The project will expand the scope of ‘functional’ from the traditional commuter shed and labour market context of the past, to include contemporary collaborative and economic drivers for regional development and inter-community cooperation. The research initiative will encompass the City of Meadow Lake trading area to include municipalities and First Nations within a 120 km radius.

Reducing Social Isolation Through Better Transportation Options for Seniors

Seniors may experience social isolation when they lose the ability to drive their own car due to the loss of access to services and opportunities to socialize. I will examine the role of public transportation in reducing social isolation for seniors in Metro Vancouver. With BC’s aging population, the transportation needs of this demographic will become increasingly important over the coming decade. While many studies focus on how to ensure seniors can continue driving, this project will focus on barriers to other modes of transportation and programs or options to reduce these barriers.

An analysis and evaluation of youth-focused on-the-land programming in Canada’s North.

The Canadian North (defined as the three territories and Inuit Nunangat) has a wide variety of on-the-land programming. These programs are important in transferring knowledge from previous generations and inspiring the youth of the future. Various regional organizations have created their own on-the-land programs which are targeted to a variety of groups: youth; men; at-risk-teens, and focus on various topics: governance; Indigenous knowledge, or simply getting out on the land.

Addressing homelessness in Prince Albert and surrounding community: A public policy and program evaluation approach

The proposed research project is a follow-up to the SSHRC funded Partnership Engage study entitled: “Addressing homelessness in Prince Albert: A multi-disciplinary, intersectoral approach. The purpose of the SSHRC study is to enhance the ability of PA to respond to homelessness by stimulating discussions and mutual collaboration between academic researchers, community leaders, social agencies, front-line workers, and the homeless population.

Measuring Social Progress on Urban Aboriginal People: Construction and Application of a Composite Index of Quality of Life - Year Two

As Aboriginal people increasingly migrate to urban areas, it has become imperative to promote their socioeconomic engagement in the destinations. While there has been increasing research focuses on Aboriginal peoples’ quality of life (QoL) few studies explicitly measure Aboriginal people’s QoL based on a shared understanding of what QoL really means to Indigenous peoples and the government. Consequently, a meaningful conversation between the parties has not occurred to make a substantial improvement to the current status quo.

North Coast Innovation Lab

The two internships proposed in this application are for research and feasibility project coordinators for the North Coast Innovation Lab (NCIL) in Prince Rupert, BC.
In addition to research and feasibility around potential projects that will a) grow the local economy for fish and marine products, and b) enhance coworking and resource sharing, the internships will also explore, at both systems and ground levels, how social innovation strategies of economic development and community building can be applied in the rural, northern and coastal context.
Ultimately, the NCIL hopes to spark a systemi

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