Gain the skills and the network to co-create strong local economies


Since 1989 SFU’s Community Economic Development (CED) Programs have provided capacity building, planning methodologies, and leadership for generations of innovative community practitioners. Located in the Faculty of Environment, SFU CED believes in the transformative power of communities, and we support our participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to make progressive social, environmental, and economic change in the world around them.

Applications for the 2017/2018 cohort are now open.

About the program

We offer a hands-on learning environment and a unique opportunity to grow your professional networks.

The program is part-time over eights months. There are 2 one-week residencies in Vancouver, with the rest of the program delivered in a live, interactive, online classroom.

About our students

Every year, we have a wide mix of students from across the province: community builders, social workers, social entrepreneurs, communicators, community economic developers and other movers and shakers of all different stripes.

When selecting our cohort, attitude and experience matter most. We are seeking applicants who want to make positive change in their communities. If this sounds like you, then the CED program is the place for you.

About our instructors

The CED program instructors are accomplished practitioners that share your passion for change and community development. They truly want you to succeed and are genuinely eager to help you get there.

About our courses

Our courses are relevant, and practical, whether you are out in your community finding out about local inititatives, or working on projects with others in your cohort. Throughout the program, we focus on skill-building, personal growth and developing leadership skills.

About our network

When you join SFU's CED program, you join a network of people committed to building strong, sustainable local economies. Our program design intentionally facilitates the building and maintaining of relationships. We know that your network can be your strongest resource and we help students & alumni connect through events, newsletters and social media.


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We publish a newsletter every 3 months or so. We'll send you information about upcoming events, stories about community projects, profiles of our alumni and more.

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I came to the program because of my desire to find a new way of making economics relevant to First Nations' communities because nothing has seemed to really work that both reaches the community and engages them. I found a way to do that here.

Jessica Hill
Independent consultant, Oneida Nation of the Thames

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