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Digital Citizen Contribution Program

Opportunity NameDigital Citizen Contribution Program
AgencyDepartment of Canadian Heritage
ValueUp to $380,000
Indirect CostsTBD
DurationProjects must start in the 2023-2024 fiscal year and all funds received must be spent by March 31, 2025.
Application due to FSc RO at for full review11-14-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review11-21-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-24-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 11-28-2023, by 11:59PM
  • To support the priorities of the Digital Citizen Initiative by providing time-limited financial assistance for research and citizen focused activities; and 
  • To support democracy and social inclusion in Canada by enhancing and/or supporting efforts to counter online disinformation and other online harms and threats. 

Eligible projects must meet at least one of the following priorities:

  • develop and publish tools to support digital media and civic literacy skills among people in Canada outside of educational institutions and/or among seniors in Canada
  • develop and publish tools to help people in Canada identify content created and spread by bots and/or artificial intelligence
  • develop and publish tools to prevent and address online violence against women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and other forms of technology facilitated violence
  • create resources to support children and parents in Canada to address and prevent cyberbullying
  • build technical capacity and expertise among small and medium sized civil society organizations seeking to address mis-/disinformation, hate speech and cyberbullying
  • develop and publish tools to build resilience to mis-/disinformation stemming from foreign governments, such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation, targeting people in Canada, including diaspora communities
  • conduct research, testing and/or evaluation of tools or interventions related to any of the above priorities


The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • a national, provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous, community or professional organization, society or association which has voluntarily associated itself for a not-for-profit purpose, and which has the mandate to represent its membership or community
  • a not-for-profit organization, including non-governmental or umbrella organizations, non-profit corporations, community groups, regulatory bodies or apprenticeship authorities, or associations serving the private sector
  • a university or educational institution
  • an individual researcher, acting in his or her personal capacity
  • a research institution with an established record in relevant field(s), intending to undertake work in a Canadian context
  • a for-profit Canadian and Canadian-owned institution with a record of developing and delivering programming, and performing research or related activities relevant to the goals of Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative, provided that the nature and the intent of the activity is non-commercial

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at