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Canadian Home Economics Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Canadian Home Economics Foundation is to provide improved quality of life to families and individuals in Canada by providing financial assistance to home economics professionals in carrying out home economics research, developing educational tools, and in conducting public service projects, and to support post-secondary education related to the home economics profession.

Remembering Lila Engberg

Dr. Lila Engberg passed away, peacefully, on September 23, 2020 in Fergus, Ontario.


Dr. Engberg retired from the Department of Family Studies, University of Guelph. She became interested in justice issues in international development, particularly for women and families. She had three assignments in Africa: 1963-1968 in Malawi with the Nutrition Division of FAO, United Nations; 1970-1975 with the University of Ghana/Guelph partnership as acting head of the Home Science Department, University of Ghana, and 1982-1985 with University of Malawi/Mount St. Vincent University Home Economics partnership.

In 2006, Dr. Engberg, along with Dr. Jean Fewster, initiated the International Development Fund (Engberg-Fewster Award) with the Canadian Home Economics Foundation which supports projects by Canadian home economists/human ecologists in the developing world.

To continue to support this work that was so important to Dr. Engberg, donations to the International Development Fund (Engberg-Fewster Award) can be made here.


Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Arcus:

Dr. Arcus is the 2020 recipient of the IFHE Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Arcus taught Home Economics and Family Studies at the secondary level in Nebraska and Arizona and at the university level at the University of Utah and Iowa State University before joining the faculty at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1968 where she taught and conducted research for 31 years.


Calls for Proposals:

Calls for Proposals:

Upcoming deadlines for proposals: In light of the Covid19 pandemic, some deadlines have been extended.

PLEASE NOTE: Funds for the Atlantic Canada Community Project have been depleted. This award has been discontinued. The remaining small amount in the fund has been transferred to the General Fund.

Designated Funds:

May 30, 2020 - Saskatchewan Home Economics Education Award

                    May 30 deadline has been extended to October 15.

September 30, 2020 - Consumer Studies and Family Resource

                     Management (Margaret Speechly Stansfield) Award

                    September 30 deadline has been extended to October 15.

November 15, 2020 - Resource for Youth (Patricia J. Hames) Award


General Funds:

 November 1, 2020 - Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Technical 

                      Writing (students)


Click on Grants and Awards for other details and criteria for each award.


Winners of the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Technical Writing

Catherine Littler, Mount St. Vincent University; winner of the 2019 Dr. Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Technical Writing (undergraduate category).

Catherine's winning paper was: 'Not Your Mother's Meatballs: Edible Insects in Contemporary Western Societies'.

There was a tie for first in the graduate categories. The two winners are:

Madison Darragh, Ryerson University; Madison's paper was 'The Health at Every Size Approach to Health: A Critical Review'.

Alyssa Ramuscak, Ryerson University: Alyssa's paper was 'A Critical Review Exploring Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages as a Strategy to Address Obesity in Canada'.


Canadian Symposium XV

The 15th Canadian Symposium for Home Economics was held in Vancouver, British Columbia at the University of British Columbia from February 22-24, 2019. The theme of this symposium was Transformative Practice, Ecology and Everyday Life. Visit the website at Canadian Symposium for proceedings of past events..


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