/* Regional OER initiatives (Provincial OER initiatives) */
Following from this MOU, the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education and Innovation announced [http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=361759413B5A0-D9D0-0BAB-223D46A8642B6F47 an OER initiative], pledging $2 million for OER development, promotion and sharing. The CollabOERate Grant Program will provide publicly funded post-secondary institutions within the province of Alberta with the opportunity to apply for funding to support the assembly, use, development, implementation and evaluation of OER to support teaching, learning and research. This is seen as
Previously, Alberta, without making direct commitments has been actively supporting OER-related initiatives for several years. In 1999, the Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects ([http://theguide.ntic.org/display_lo.php?oai_id=oai:eureka.ntic.org:4c99175698cbe7.29003580 CAREO]) was funded to promote the sharing of open learning resources within Alberta. Unfortunately, these initiatives were not funded after the initial investment and eventually were closed. Another limited project that is still extant is the [https://www.albertacore.ca/access/home.do Alberta Core] (Collaborative Online Resource Environment) and the LearnAlberta.Ca site at the K-12 level. These are limited quasi-open initiatives, restricting the openness on some resources to provincial or institutional teachers similar to the BCcampus so-called [http://solr.bccampus.ca/bcc/bccommons/v2/bccommons_readable.html BC Commons licence] (see below). [http://cancore.athabascau.ca/en/ CanCore Learning Metadata Resource Initiative] was yet another early open education initiative in Alberta, which resulted in the creation of metadata implementation standards for learning objects.
However, perhaps leading to a recommendation by the [http://www.francophonie.org/ Organisation internationale de la Francophonie], whose conference was hosted in February, 2013 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, there is renewed interest in Québec in the promotion of ‘des ressources éducatives libres’ (REL = OER). The Québec Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec is financing the website [http://brer.licef.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34&Itemid=154 brer – banques de ressources éducatives en réseau], which is hosting French language OER. THOT CURSUS is another Québec organization that has implemented an [http://cursus.edu/institutions-formations-ressources/formation/20231/portail-ressources-educatives-libres/ OER repository].
=== Institutional/Organisational OER initiatives ===