Universities and communities
University-community connections strengthen our campuses, exposing students and researchers to diverse perspectives, experiences and expertise. They also help communities build resiliency, and harness new opportunities and research resources to address rapid technological and economic disruption. These collaborations are driving innovation and creating a more inclusive and prosperous Canada for all.
Universities are anchors for their communities and they are highly involved in fostering social development. Often a local major employer, universities support their communities by buying local products and investing in local services. They provide the community with much needed library, arts and physical education facilities.
Strengthening university impact in the community
Universities Canada has partnered with the McConnell Foundation to lead a three-year pan-Canadian initiative to better map, strengthen and promote the social impact of Canadian universities in their local communities.