Sponsored Tuition 2018 - Pipeline Communities

May 30, 2018


The Community Economic Development (CED) program at SFU is a leader in the development of inclusive and sustainable economies. We believe that community economic development has value for everyone: for some CED can provide a framework for smoothing the boom and bust cycles of industrial development, while for others CED can provide tools and models for pursuing alternative economic trajectories. Regardless of a student's interest, CED is more than an economic model - it is a tool for community healing and growth. 

This year, with generous support from Tides Canada, we are offering five $3,000 tuition reductions to students from rural communities that are along, or nearby, the Trans Mountain pipeline route. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • reside in communities within approximately 50km of the Trans Mountain pipeline with populations of 25,000 people or less;
  • be highly motivated to develop professional skills for leading community economic development
  • require financial assistance to participate in SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic
  • work for a non-profit, a municipal government, band office, social enterprise or be starting a social
  • have been admitted to SFU’s certificate program for Community Economic Development. (Before applying for the Sponsored Tuition, applicants must pay the $100 application fee and have been assessed as admissible to the program.)

Our courses and instructors are focused on teaching economic development approaches that create long-term local wealth, reinforce cultural identity, respect ecological limits, build healthy relationships between residents, and reverse income inequality. For this year's cohort, the following courses will be of special interest to students from pipeline communities:


  • CED 106: Natural Resource Communities in Transition. This course delves deeply into the changing nature of economies dependent on natural resources, explores the tension between between jobs and environment, and creates a space for developing connections between urban, rural, industrial, and conservationist perspectives. This course is taught by Tasha Sutcliffe, Vice President of Ecotrust Canada, and long-term CED practitioner. 
  • CED 105: Indigenomics. A course that centers our understanding of the economy in reconciliation and the inclusion of Indigenous world views and trajectories. This course is taught by Carol Anne Hilton, a leading consultant and thinker in Aboriginal economic development.
  • CED 102: Economics of Well-Being. This course explores the fundamentals of CED including strengths' based approaches, economies as a source of well-being, equality vs. equity paradigms, happiness indicators, and more. 
  • CED 205: Design Lab for Local Economic Development Projects. Our design lab is being updated this year to support each student in developing their own CED strategy or project to take back to their home communities. Taught by Karen Peachey, a deeply experienced planner in community economic development, the course acts as a capstone for the program and provides students with all of the elements to design and present their plans to key stakeholders at home. 

To apply to the Sponsored Tuition Program please submit a short letter (maximum 500 words) addressed to the Sponsored Tuition Review Committee, care of the Director of SFU’s Certificate Program in Community Economic Development, Jeremy Stone via email at ced_info@sfu.ca which includes:

  • how CED relates to your community and the pipeline;
  • what you intend to do with the learnings from this certificate;
  • a statement explaining your financial need;
  • the name, telephone number, and email of one reference.

Please use the email subject line “Sponsored Tuition Application." 

Please apply first through SFU’s Certificate Program for Community Economic Development portal before you apply to the Sponsored Tuition Program. Apply for the certificate here.