We are delighted to announce that Social Robots was one of ten organizations in Halton Region to be awarded a grant from the federal Investment Readiness Program(IRP), funded by the Government of Canada. This is part of a national initiative led by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). The decision was announced by the Brant | Halton | Peel Partnership, a consortium of six community foundations and Sheridan College which operates EDGE – a hub for impact entrepreneurship.

The allocations support social purpose organizations (SPOs) which include: charities, non-profits, co-operatives, hybrid social enterprises, and mission-focused for-profits. SPOs are those organizations founded with a social, cultural, or environmental mission.

“The second round of funding was another opportunity for local SPOs to have active roles in building resilient and inclusive communities, with positive environmental and social outcomes throughout our regions,” said Wendy Rinella, CEO of the Oakville Community Foundation, the Lead Partner for the Brant, Halton & Peel Regional Partnership.

Oakville Community Foundation supports pilot study in Halton region with Investment Readiness program

IRP is the first stage of the Government of Canada’s ten-year, $800 million commitment to fund social innovation and social finance across Canada. This stage will help these organizations grow and build their capacity … while having a positive impact on their community.

This funding will allow Social Robots to hire a research team and UI/UX designer to explore the use of Mindy in congregate living settings.

Lee St James, Founder & President

Social Robots is preparing to launch the first pilot study at Chartwell Lakeshore in Burlington, Ontario. Thank you to Nancy Fischer, General Manager, and Baillie Vandeventer-Ortiz, Lifestyle Program Manager, for welcoming Mindy to your facility! Project findings will be published by summer 2021.

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