Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC)
As part of its five-year strategic plan, Health Research Roadmap, CIHR is reducing the complexity of its funding programs for the research community. To this end, the agency is reducing its number of Strategic Initiatives, such as the OLMC Initiative, and making funds available through the Open Grants Competition, where proposals reflect the interests and expertise of Canada’s top researchers. The OLMC Initiative is winding down its activities with the completion of the 2011-2012 funding opportunities.
CIHR will continue to support OLMC research through the Open Operating Grants Program and/or integrated through relevant Signature Initiatives. The agency invites OLMC researchers to apply to CIHR through these programs.
The initiative on Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) had a mandate to:
- promote the study of health determinants and specific needs on these two communities
- increase the number of researchers interested in these issues
- ensure that newly created knowledge is transmitted to researchers and clinicians with the view of improving health of Canadian populations.
This initiative played a high-profile nationwide role in strengthening OLMC research capacity and developing partnerships among stakeholders focused on an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and context-based approach. This approach aimed to promote collaborative research projects, train new researchers, increase knowledge dissemination and application and promote the official language minority communities.