Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Canada/2020

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Application or grant stage: draft
Applicant or grantee: applicant
Amount requested: US$00,000.00
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: X MONTH YEAR - Y MONTH YEAR
Midpoint report due: Half YEAR + 15 days
Final report due: YEAR + 30 days


Annual Plan[edit]

Budget Plan[edit]

Staffing Plan[edit]

Strategic plan[edit]


  • Wikimedia Canada is under Simple APGs since 2017/H2.
  • Wikimedia Canada is in the process of obtaining the charity status, which will facilitate the diversification of revenue streams.
  • Since August 2018 (2018/H2), Wikimedia Canada is hiring the services of a part-time independent contractor as Institutional Advancement Manager.
  • For 2020-2021, Wikimedia Canada is receiving a substantial project grant from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the project Weather Observations of the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia Projects.
  • Wikimedia Canada is supporting the Atikamekw Project that is developing the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin, which also receives funding from external sources.


For 2020, Wikimedia Canada is maintaining the same two programs as 2019: "Content, outreach, education and communities" and "Indigenous peoples on Wikimedia projects". However, Wikimedia Canada is planning an increase in the number of activities within each of these programs.

Also, not included in this APG, from 2019 to 2021, Wikimedia Canada is conducting a large-scale project named "Weather Observations of the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia Projects" with the goal of transferring observations from Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) weather stations to various Wikimedia projects. In 2020, the project will import data from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to Wikimedia Commons, link Wikidata pages in Wikimedia Commons and implement the categorization of pages containing data in JSON. The following phase will include to reuse the data from Wikimedia Commons in Wikipedia templates. This project is financed by ECCC.

For more detailed information on each program, please refer to Wikimedia Canada Annual Strategic Plan 2020.

Content, outreach, education and communities

Develop free knowledge about Canadian cultures, languages, history, geography, sports and other fields of knowledge, and increase the diversity of contributors.

This program aims at increasing the quantity and the quality of content on Wikimedia projects by increasing the number and the diversity of contributors from Canada as well as increasing the number of partnerships with Galeries, Librairies, Archives, Museums and Universities (GLAMUs) in Canada. It also aims at educating the Canadian public about the Wikimedia projects and developing the contributor communities across the country.

  • Augment, improve and diversify free knowledge about Canada, especially on Wikimedia projects.
  • Increase the number and the diversity of contributors from Canada on Wikimedia projects.
  • Increase the awareness and the knowledge of the Canadian public and institutions about Wikimedia projects, free licences and open knowledge.
  • Host contribution workshops, education programs, outreach events and local activities
    • Continue to host regular workshops with our partners, including Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the Cinémathèque québécoise et Université Laval.
    • Support volunteers to host workshops and training sessions
    • Organize the National Contribution Month in Canada
    • Lead the organization of the International Francophone Contribution Month in partnership with WikiFranca
    • Participate in the Art+Feminism campaign
    • Conduct outreach to GLAMUs
    • Support the development and the creation of WikiClubs
  • Provide support to attend conferences to represent Wikimedia Canada
    • Help Canadian contributors to attend conferences to represent Wikimedia Canada
Metrics and targets
  • Number of participants to workshops and training sessions: 2,000
  • Number of content pages created and improved during workshops and activities: 10,000
  • Number of different cities where contribution workshops are hosted: 15
  • Number of different GLAMUs in Canada involved with Wikimedia projects: 20
  • Number of active WikiClubs in Canada: 8
  SWOT Analysis
Strengths Weaknesses

  • Existing strong partnership with several GLAMUs partners including Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), the Acfas, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the Fondation Lionel-Groulx and the Cinémathèque québécoise
  • Strong communities of volunteers in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Hamilton and London

  • Wikimedia Canada has difficulty to collect data for metrics, especially for the number of participants and content pages

  • Strong interest from Canadian GLAMUs to be involved with Wikimedia projects
  • Development of new WikiClubs to promote local volunteer engagement across the country

  • Exhaustion of volunteers due the load of work that is put on them for coordination, planning and management
Opportunities Threats

Indigenous peoples on Wikimedia projects

Develop Wikimedia projects in the indigenous languages of Canada and increase quality free knowledge about Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

This program aims at increasing the quantity and the quality of content on Wikimedia projects in Canadian indigenous languages and about Canadian indigenous peoples by hosting outreach events, training sessions and contribution workshops with indigenous communities in Canada. Wikimedia Canada will coordinate its activities in this program with the Wikimedians of North American Indigenous Languages User Group and Wikimedia Language Diversity.

  • Augment and improve free knowledge in Canadian indigenous languages, especially on Wikimedia projects
  • Augment, improve and modernize free knowledge about Canadian indigenous peoples, especially on Wikimedia projects
  • Increase the awareness and knowledge of indigenous communities about Wikimedia projects, free licences and open knowledge.
  • Host outreach events, training sessions and contribution workshops with indigenous communities
    • Support the growth of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin by continuing the successful partnership with the Atikamekw First Nation
    • Organize the Nitaskinan in pictures event in partnership with the Metapeckeka WikiClub
    • Document traditional indigenous communities with text, pictures and videos on Wikimedia projects
    • Conduct outreach to Canadian indigenous communities and participate in relevant events to promote the use of Wikimedia projects
    • Use Lingua Libre to record Canadian indigenous languages and upload the files to Wikimedia Commons to be used on Wikimedia projects such as the Wiktionaries
Metrics and targets
  • Number of content pages written in Canadian Aboriginal languages on Wikimedia projects: 400
  • Number of pictures and videos of indigenous peoples of Canada uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 600
  • Number of words recorded in indigenous languages of Canada using Lingua Libre: 400
  SWOT Analysis
Strengths Weaknesses

  • Some languages have very few speakers and most speakers are not technologically inclined
  • Indigenous languages are mostly only oral
  • Indigenous communities are often located in remote locations

  • Strong interest from the Atikamekw First Nation to continue to grow the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin and expand the project to other Atikamekw communities
  • Wikimedia Canada is contacted by other indigenous communities interested in doing a project similar to the Atikamekw Project

  • Lack of acceptance of the projects by the indigenous communities, which is mitigated by going often in-person to meet those communities and develop strong relationships which is very important to the success of such projects
  • Lack of coordination with other organizations working with indigenous communities in Canada with the same goals due to the lack of time of volunteers to meet and communicate with those organizations
Opportunities Threats

Grant Metrics Reporting[edit]

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.