Innovation in Education Program: National Program Guidelines 2019 to 2020

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1. Introduction

The Innovation in Education Program replaces the Innovation activities program that was offered under the discontinued New Paths for Education. Innovation in Education is one of several contribution programs, along with Research and Learning and the Education Partnerships Program, which complement Indigenous Services Canada's (ISC) funding efforts towards First Nations elementary and secondary education.

The investment in this program reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to working collaboratively with First Nations to ensure that all First Nations students receive a culturally-responsive, high-quality education that improves student outcomes, while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nation education.

These guidelines were developed in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations and the National Indian Education Council.

These program guidelines are intended to support eligible recipients in the development of their costed work plans. They are effective as of April 1, 2019 and are to be read in conjunction with the funding agreement signed by each recipient and the Elementary and Secondary Education Program: National Program Guidelines 2019 to 2020.

2. Objective

The objective of the Innovation in Education program is to support innovative programs and projects which aim to improve outcomes for communities, schools and students. The program is defined through a regionally-based funding allocation and project approval process, led by First Nations. These projects will lead to the development and implementation of best practices in innovative education for First Nations students.

3. Expected outcomes

The program is a part of broader efforts to improve First Nations elementary and secondary education. Activities are expected to support improving the overall quality of education in First Nations schools and to contribute to the following specific outcomes:

or

4. Funding recipients

Recipients eligible to receive funding for this program are:

Depending on the nature of the regional agreement, funding may be allocated to a First Nations organization to administer the program regionally or to specific projects, based on availability of funds and First Nations decisions.

5. Activities

The program supports activities towards the development and implementation of innovative education program pilots, for example, projects related to technology, land-based learning or Indigenous language and culture. Eligible activities include those which lead to:

or

6. Expenditures

Eligible expenditures must be directly related to the eligible activities set out in the work plan that has been approved through a First Nations led regional process.

Eligible expenditures may include the following:

Administration costs not exceeding 15% including, but not limited to:

Administration costs include only the actual costs associated directly with administering the program and must not exceed 15% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs. The program's Data Collection Instrument (DCI) will automatically calculate the amount.

When a funding recipient further transfers funds to a third party that were received under this program, the 15% allowed for administration costs must be divided between the parties as agreed to between the parties. The total administration costs retained by all parties must not exceed 15% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs.

Travel expenses are to be claimed at actual cost, but cannot exceed the guidelines specified in the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Travel Directive in effect at the time of travel. Expenses which exceed the rates set for in the directive are ineligible and will not be paid.

7. Funding

7.1 Maximum amount of funding

The maximum annual amount payable per recipient is $6 million and will depend on the co-developed regionally-based allocation methodology process and on availability of funding in the overall Innovation in Education Program funding level.

7.2 Funding approaches

Transfer payments to funding recipients of the Innovation in Education Program may be made using fixed contribution or flexible contribution depending on the eligibility of the recipient and of the service to be delivered. Set funding may also be used if the recipient so wishes. ISC regional officers can advise on the eligibility of these funding approaches as well as on the requirements related to the management of the funds. The funding approach used to transfer funds to a recipient is identified in the recipient's signed funding agreement.

The following specific program directions for the management of transfer payments complement the directions provided in the recipient's signed funding agreement and are to be read in conjunction with the funding agreement.

Set contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: reallocation of funds is not allowed with transfer payments made using set contribution.

Fixed contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: during the fiscal year, recipients may reallocate a reasonable percentage of funds among the eligible activities and expenditures of their ISC-approved proposal for the Innovation in Education Program.

Unexpended funding: recipients may retain unexpended funding from a fiscal year to expend in the 1 year period immediately following the fiscal year for which it was provided, on eligible activities and expenditures outlined in these guidelines.

Flexible contribution funding

Reallocation of funding: during the fiscal year, recipients may reallocate a reasonable percentage of funds among the eligible activities and expenditures of their ISC-approved proposal for the Innovation in Education Program.

Unexpended funding: recipients may retain unexpended funding remaining at the end of each fiscal year, to expend in a subsequent fiscal year, to further achieve results toward their ISC-approved proposal for the Innovation in Education Program.

8. Reporting requirements and monitoring and oversight activities

9. Accountability

10. Personal information

ISC's collection and use of personal information and other records for the purposes of targeted program reviews (for example, desk and on-site reviews) will be limited to what is necessary to ensure program delivery requirements are met.

ISC is responsible for all information and records in its possession. The confidentiality of the information will be managed by ISC in accordance with the Privacy Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. P-21 and other related policies on privacy. Recipients are responsible for the protection of personal information as per provincial privacy statutes and regulations and the recipient's policies up to the point that the personal information is transferred to ISC.

11. Contact information

The Innovation in Education program is regionally-based. ISC regional office coordinates can be found on the regional offices page.

You can also write to:

Education Branch
Indigenous Services Canada
10 rue Wellington
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
Email: aadnc.education-education.aandc@canada.ca

These guidelines can be viewed on the Education Programs: National Program Guidelines page of ISC's website and through the View Instructions button on the first page of this program's Data Collection Instrument (DCI).

12. How to apply

Consult the Innovation in Education Program page for detailed information on the application process.

Please contact your regional office for more information.

13. Templates

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