Community Development and Social Innovation Want to make a difference in this world? Experienced, supportive faculty can show you how to build the change you want to see.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Orillia

Program description

Social challenges require collaboration from multiple sectors to make a difference in our world. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary, systems approach to making transformative changes to our communities. The program combines social justice and social change principles with strategic skills and knowledge from the non-profit, government and business sectors. Curriculum includes study in the following areas: social challenges, community development, social entrepreneurship, business, fundraising, and event planning, human resources and leadership development.

Through experiential learning, students participate in the community building process and become facilitators of social change. By engaging directly with communities, students learn to appreciate and build upon the strengths of the community and utilize multiple perspectives to effectively make a difference.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Reference check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.


View the Comm Dev and Social Innovation articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • CDSI1000 Introduction to Community Development and Social Innovation
  • CDSI1001 Financial Accountability and Resource Development in the Community Sector
  • CDSI1002 Community Service Learning and Contemporary Social Issues
  • MGMT1003 Event Planning and Project Management
  • ENTR1004 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • MKTG2037 Public Relations and Marketing in the Community Sector
  • HURM2006 Human Resource Practices in the Community Sector
  • FNCE2015 Social Finance
  • CDSI2001 Community Impact and Evaluation Methodologies
  • GNED1011 Developing Leadership
  • HUMN1007 Information Ecosystems for Human Services
  • HUMN1008 Success in Human Services and Beyond
  • SSWK1013 Social Welfare and Political Ideologies
  • SSWK2006 Community Development: Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice
  • SSWK2009 Field Placement Seminar 1
  • SSWK2014 Community Practice in Social Service Work
  • SSWK2010 Field Placement Seminar 2

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Field Placements

  • CDSI2000 Field Placement 1
  • CDSI2002 Field Placement 2