Library Support Program
CANCELLATION OF THE UNDERSTANDING CANADA - CANADIAN STUDIES PROGRAM
Please note that further to the announcements in the 2012 budget, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has decided to abolish the Understanding Canada-Canadian Studies Program. Therefore, there will be no further grants issued under this program.
Recipients who received a grant recently will have until January 31, 2013 to send to ICCS a final report in order to claim the second instalment of the award.
The Library Support Program is designed to assist university libraries to strengthen their Canadiana library holdings in order to support teaching and research in Canadian Studies.
Although we welcome applications from all disciplines lending themselves most readily to Canadian Studies course development we are particularly interested in projects that have policy relevance for Canada and Canada’s foreign policy. Topics that are highly relevant to Canada’s foreign policy include Democracy & Rule of Law, Economic Development, Environment, Managing Diversity, North American Partnership, Peace and Security.
(Under this program, materials on purely scientific subjects such as physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, etc., which would not lead to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada per se will not be provided, nor will resource materials which focus exclusively on technological or methodological issues).
Eligibility to participate is based on an institution's existing or expressed commitment to the inclusion of Canada-related courses and research in its programs. University libraries/Canadian Studies programs may take the initiative and submit a request for support or be invited to participate in this program by the relevant Canadian Mission.
There are two types of support: Matching Grant and Book Donations
A) Terms & Conditions:
- The International Council for Canadian Studies through a contribution of the Government of Canada and with the assistance of the appropriate Canadian Mission, will contribute up to Cdn$2,500 for library materials (books, journals, cd-roms, microforms) purchased by university libraries on a matching grant basis. In other words, the institution agrees to purchase Canadiana for the same amount of the grant in order to increase their Canadiana collections.
- These funds will be available only for the purchase of library materials considered to be Canadiana and which are deemed by the relevant Canadian Mission to qualify as having a specific bearing on the study of Canada and/or Canadian culture. The material has to be about Canada, published in Canada, and not out-of-print.
- On their own initiative or in response to an invitation to participate in the program, university libraries/Canadian Studies programs will submit a request for support to the relevant Canadian Mission, along with the list of proposed Canadiana purchases.
- Upon determination that the proposed items meet the objectives of the program, the Canadian Mission will recommend appropriate action to the program administrators, the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), and, upon receipt of formal approval of a grant, will send the university a Grant Agreement which, when signed by the appropriate university official and returned, will enable the issuing of payment.
Payment can be made in either one of the following methods:
- a cheque for the total amount of the grant issued by the ICCS and transmitted to the recipient institution by the appropriate Canadian Mission.
- payment by the ICCS, up to the amount of the grant, for invoices submitted directly by the Canadian suppliers. Either way, placing the orders with Canadian suppliers remains the recipient's responsibility; only the payment method varies.
- When the first method of payment is chosen, the recipient institution will provide to the appropriate Canadian Mission, for onward transmission to the ICCS, copies of paid invoices covering Canadiana purchases for at least twice the amount of the grant; when the second method is chosen, the recipient institution will provide to the appropriate Canadian Mission, for onward forwarding to the ICCS, copies of paid invoices for Canadiana purchases for an amount at least equal to the grant which the ICCS will have spent on other Canadiana purchases on its behalf. Approval of any future library support grants is contingent upon the institution providing evidence of Canadian matching grant purchases.
For countries where Canadian Studies are emerging and where institutions may not be in a position to contribute towards the purchase of Canadiana (e.g. countries qualifying for Canadian Official Development Assistance). The Government of Canada and with the assistance of the appropriate Canadian Mission, may purchase a limited number of books in the field of Canadian Studies and donate them to successful applicants.
On their own initiative or in response to an invitation to participate in the program, university libraries/Canadian Studies programs may submit a request to the appropriate Canadian Mission, for consideration by the International Education and Youth Division of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada through the program administrator the International Council for Canadian Studies. The material has to be about Canada, published in Canada, and not out-of-print.
Requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.