SOCCF-DP Social Innovation and Community Development

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  • Two-year diploma
  • September entry date
  • Optional one-year certificate exit
  • Offered at Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • General first year, with second year entry into one of two majors:
    • Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship
    • Community Development


Social Innovation brings a new perspective to existing ways of decision-making in today’s society. By reconceptualizing education, we’ve broadened the learning experience to focus on how you can make a positive impact on the world.
In your first year, through tools like empowerment, inclusiveness, community engagement, sustainable development, environmental stewardship, reconciliation, and social activism, you will discover the tremendous capacities of communities and individuals looking to initiate systems change.  With a focus on self-reflection and embedded with Indigenous teaching, ceremony, and ways of knowing, you will learn about yourself, your potential, and your community.

During the second year of the program, you will choose a major that reflects your passions, skills, talents, and career aspirations:

Community Development, which gathers the best practices of societies looking at improving the lives of their most disenfranchised members.

Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship, which is a new way to approach launching ventures that will positively impact your community and the world.

Courses within this program and its majors are experiential, project-based, and modular, with cross-cutting themes that will interest a wide variety of learners. If you’re thinking of making a change, we just have one question for you – how do you want your world to be?

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying. These requirements have expiration dates and should be completed close to your program start date. Further information will be provided by the College at a later date.

A Criminal Record Check Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS) and/or a Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check may be required by some practicum sites in the Community Development stream. You may not be able to attend some practicum sites if you have a criminal record or are listed on either the Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Sep 08, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
1Health and Dental

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
ABOR-1046Indigenous Ways of Knowing
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Indigenous traditional knowledge systems are embedded in community practices, ceremonies, and relationships between Indigenous peoples and the natural environment.
These systems are dynamic, holistic, intergenerational, and linked to experiences with the land. This course focuses on Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing as strengthened and maintained by Indigenous leaders and community members.
Through experiential learning opportunities, students will be introduced to Indigenous cultural and ceremonial practices that will deepen their understanding of the knowledge and values rooted in Indigenous communities.

ABOR-1056Indigenous Perspectives on Leadership Structures
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Taking holistic and historical approaches, students will be introduced to different precolonial to contemporary leadership structures.
Students will also review key sections of nation-to-nation and international agreements on Indigenous rights and governance to develop insight on global, federal, and local perspectives on their evolution and their impacts on Indigenous leadership, resistance, and reconciliation.

ABOR-2076Reconciling Our Economic Futures
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Reconciliation represents many things to many people. As we continue on a path to truth and reconciliation in Canada, this generation will define what reconciliation means to them.
This course offers different perspectives on Economic Reconciliation, allowing students to find personal meaning on what reconciliation means to them and how it could be achieved for a bright and prosperous future.

ADMN-1008Organizational Structure and Communication Strategies
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The structures of most organizations influence the lines and tone of communication, as well as the potential career paths of employees. Every member of an organization can assume a leadership role and contribute to a company's overall performance and success.
This course focuses on the relationship between organizational structures and interpersonal processes on employee behaviours and communications. Students will explore the differences between bureaucratic and flat organizational structures and assess their impact on organizational culture. They will also examine specific features of organizational culture and the role of leadership in employee development.

COMP-1254Communication and Learning Applications
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Computers are everywhere, from our work places to our pockets. Optimizing their use to increase productivity is key to professional development.
In this hands-on course, students will use various applications to network and collaborate effectively as a team, create written business communications, and deliver professional presentations. They will also learn to navigate course sites that support lifelong learning and professional development.

DEVE-1055Social Innovation Foundations
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Social innovators explore social opportunities and use creativity to turn these opportunities into reality. In small groups, students will explore how new ideas are created, developed, and applied to promote systems change for social innovation that can affect the world for the better.
This course introduces students to social ideas in action, but also to those impacting the social innovation sector as they develop their professional selves.

DEVE-2025Social Innovation Capstone
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ECON-1009Applied Economics
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While governments, non-profits, businesses, and social enterprises distribute resources in a variety of ways, they are built on values that are all interconnected in order for communities and economies to thrive.
In this course, students will explore the continuum of values, principles and theories that support or hinder participation within microeconomics and macroeconomics as applied to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities where people work and live.

FNCE-1010Financial Literacy
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A basic understanding of money – how it is made, managed, and invested – is fundamental in our day-to-day lives. Financial literacy should be learned and reinforced throughout life as our needs change.
This course will increase students’ financial knowledge and skills by teaching them how to manage income, track expenses, and set and achieve financial goals. Students will also be introduced to different banking products and budget creation techniques that will help them hone the skills, knowledge, and confidence required to make responsible financial decisions and manage personal debt.

FNCE-1020Financial Management
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The ability to understand financial statements to make sound strategic decisions is paramount to the success of any for-profit or non-profit organization.
In this course, students will learn basic accounting principles to prepare budgets and cash flow projections, analyze financial statements, and create annual reports. Using Sage Accounting software, they will create invoices, input financial journal entries, and map out the accounting sales process of a social enterprise.

PDEV-1056Professional Development
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In this course, students will learn how to build strategic professional relationships and communicate effectively with diverse audiences. They will explore communication techniques that will help them excel in professional environments. Students will focus on lifelong learning, team building, community responsibility, research, new skill acquisition, personal branding, and professional success planning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

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How to Apply

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Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

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College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

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