Research and Policy Development

Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) (Regional: Edmonton, AB)

The APCCP represents a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and community organizations who have come together to coordinate efforts, generate evidence and advocate for policy change in order to reduce chronic disease in Alberta.

Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) (National: Vancouver, BC)

ARC’s mission is to conduct practical research into the prevention, treatment, and self-management of arthritis for Canadians.

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

An independent, not-for-profit organization and Canada’s think-tank on Asia. It was established in 1984 by an Act of the Parliament of Canada with a mandate to develop awareness and understanding among the peoples of Canada and Asia Pacific, provide information and analysis, build networks and promote trade and investment.

BC Alliance for Healthy Living (Regional: Vancouver, BC)

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living came together in 2003 with a mission to improve the health of British Columbians. Through leadership and collaborative action, BCAHL advances health promoting policies, programs and environments that support the physical and mental well-being of British Columbians. As an advocacy group, we work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.

British Columbia Cycling Coalition

The BCCC is a registered nonprofit society which represent the interests of cyclists provincially and seeks to secure their recognition in policy and programs affecting transportational cycling.

British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) (Regional: Victoria, BC)

The British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is a nonprofit association of citizens, professionals and practitioners committed to promoting the understanding, development and adoption of sustainable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation in British Columbia.


A public-private sector partnership organized and established as a national nonprofit foundation in 1980. Our mission is to provide exemplary thought leadership and to build both knowledge and capacity for effective governance and meaningful accountability, management, and audit.

C. D. Howe Institute


Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (Local: Calgary, AB)

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) works to strengthen Calgary’s diverse voluntary sector. CCVO provides leadership on policy matters affecting the sector as a whole, acts as an information and distribution hub, and holds educational and training sessions.

Canada West Foundation

The foundation is directed to accomplish three primary objectives: 1.To conduct research into the economic and social characteristics of the West and North, within a national and international context; 2.To educate individuals regarding the West’s regional economic and social contributions to the Canadian Federation; and 3.To act as a catalyst for informed debate.

Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) (National: Ottawa, ON)

CARC is a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well being of northern Canada and its peoples. We believe in sustainable development and the application of the precautionary principle. Our policy and advocacy work is grounded in solid scientific and socio-economic research and experience.

Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (National, Guelph, ON)

Consumers are more interested in how their food is grown, processed and brought to market than ever before. The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity helps our food system ensure it is doing the right things to build trust by providing research, resources, training and dialogue.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)

One of Canada’s most authoritative voices promoting better social and economic security for all Canadians. A national, self-supporting, non-profit organization, the CCSD’s main product is information and its main activity is research, focussing on concerns such as income security, employment, poverty, child welfare, pensions and government social policy.

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) (National: Ottawa, ON)

CFHSS is the national voice for Canada’s scholars, students and practitioners in the humanities and social sciences. It promotes the value of scholarship and research, and supports the dissemination of knowledge. Members include scholarly associations, universities and colleges, and affiliate organizations.

Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (National: Toronto, ON)

The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is Canada’s only independent charitable foundation dedicated to eliminating AIDS through research. By funding promising Canadian HIV and AIDS research and promoting prevention through educational campaigns, CANFAR is working to end AIDS globally.

Canadian Foundation for the Americas (International: Ottawa, ON)

FOCAL is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to strengthening Canadian relations with Latin America and the Caribbean through policy dialogue and analysis. By providing key stakeholders with solutions-oriented research, they strive to create partnerships and policy options throughout the hemisphere.

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR) (National: Toronto, ON)

The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research is the pre-eminent funder of applied nutrition and dietetic research in Canada. CFDR contributes to the health of Canadians by generating funds for applied nutrition and dietetic research.

Canadian Institute of Child Health

Since 1977, the Canadian Institute of Child Health has acted as a dedicated voice for children, improving their health and well-being. Our role in child and family health involves working with governments to make sure the right kind of policies are developed; working with professionals and educators to equip them with the best in research and programs; and reaching out to families to help us all with the crucial task of nurturing, protecting, educating, and empowering our children.

Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy


Canadian Policy Research Network


Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

CRILF is a national leader in undertaking and promoting multidisciplinary research on law and the family. CRILF promotes the use of its studies by judges, legislators, policy-makers, academics and practising professionals in order to encourage the use of objective information and data, and foster broadly defined decision-making and practice in all areas of law and the family.

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) (National: Ottawa, ON)

CRIAW is a research institute that provides tools to facilitate organizations taking action to advance social justice and equality for all women. CRIAW recognizes women’s diverse experiences and perspectives; creates spaces for developing women’s knowledge; bridges regional isolation; and provides communication links between/among researchers and organizations actively working to promote social justice and equality for all women.

Canadian Research Knowledge Network (National)

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a partnership of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, and administrators, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in Canada’s universities.

Canadian Society for Life Science Research (National: Kingston, ON)

CSLSR is a professional society that brings together Canadian researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels to share and promote research in all life science disciplines.

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (National: Ottawa, ON)

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy neither encourages nor condemns drug use. Rather, CSSDP seeks to reduce the harms caused by drug use and drug policies. As future leaders, they strive toward a just and compassionate society where problematic drug use is treated as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.

Canadian West Foundation


Centre for Community Based Research (Regional: Kitchener, ON)

The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) is focused on strengthening communities through social research. Founded in 1982, CCBR believes in the power of knowledge to impact positive social change. They are passionate about bringing people together to use knowledge to provide real and innovative solutions to community needs.

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

CIER was created for the express purpose of establishing and implementing environmental capacity-building initiatives for First Nations. It is a national organization pursuing local, regional and international initiatives.

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) (International: Waterloo, ON)

CIGI identifies and develops ideas for global change by supporting research, fostering exchange among experts and leaders in the private and public sectors, and providing informed advice to decision-makers on multilateral governance issues.

Centre for Social Justice

Conducts research and educational activities designed to strengthen the movement for social justice. It brings together people from the universities and unions, faith groups and other community organizations. Since it was founded in 1997, the Centre has focussed on issues such as economic inequality, corporate power and democratic alternatives.

Changing Lives Through Law (International: Ottawa, ON)

Changing Lives Through Law is a charitable organization that engages in groundbreaking work in the developing world and in Canada’s north in the areas of good governance, rule of law, and human rights.

Child Welfare League of Canada

CWLC is dedicated to protecting and promoting the well-being of Canada’s children, particularly those who are at-risk because of poverty, abuse and neglect. The CWLC is a federally-incorporated charitable organization active in Canadian policy, research and advocacy.

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) (National: Ottawa, ON)

Citizens for Public Justice is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy. Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis.

Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE) (Regional: Acton, ON)

A coalition of over 20 environmental organizations and hundreds of individual citizens. It was formed in 1978 and has worked consistently for the protection of the escarpment and its many values to Ontario society.

Community Based Research Canada (National: Victoria, BC)

Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a network of people and organizations engaged in community-based research to meet the needs of people and communities. The intent is to build an inclusive and open network, engaging already existing organizational and communications structures, to build support for community-university partnerships in community-based research and community-engagement.

Community Services Council

An independent, voluntary organization dedicated to promoting social and economic well-being in Newfoundland and Labrador. It acts as a catalyst to enhance the voluntary sector and to bring together community organizations, governments and individuals in identifying needs and concerns.

Conference Board of Canada (The)


The Conference Board builds leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.

Connexions Information Sharing Services

Connexions works to connect individuals and organizations working for social change with each other, with information and ideas, and with the wider community. Connexions Online features resources and organizations fostering democratization, economic justice, environmental responsibility, civil liberties, and the creation and preservation of community.

Edmonton Social Planning Council (Local: Edmonton, AB)

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an independent, nonprofit, charitable organization. Their focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. They provide leadership within their community by addressing and researching social issues, informing public discussion and influencing social policy.

Fraser Institute (The)


GPI Atlantic

A non-profit research group constructing an index of well being – The Genuine Progress Index. Find progress reports and information about the research on the web site.

Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) (Local: Branford, ON)

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) is a planning and research body focusing on older adults/seniors and the development of an age-friendly community. They conduct research and facilitate partnerships and collaborations. Their community was the first in Ontario to publish a Master Aging Plan (MAP) which contains 99 recommendations for improvements/enhancements/developments of importance to seniors. The report was put together by seniors with senior involvement. The GRCOA was incorporated in 2010.

Grizzly Bear Foundation (Regional: Vancouver, BC)

Grizzly Bear Foundation works to conserve the grizzly bear – a vulnerable apex species with a keystone role in enriching resilient biodiverse ecosystems.

IMPACS, the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society

A non-profit organization committed to the expansion and protection of democracy. Its aim is twofold: to build strong communities by providing training and education to Canadian civil society organizations; and to increase knowledge about the role of civil society organizations and the media in democracies.

Institute for Global Ethics Canada (National: Vancouver, BC)

IGE Canada’s mission is to promote ethical behaviour among Canadians and institutions (through research, public discourse, and practical actiON)

so that shared moral values increasingly shape our relationships, determine our decisions, and guide our actions both nationally and global.

Institute of Health Economics (IHE) (International: Edmonton, AB)

IHE is an independent, Alberta-based not-for-profit health research organization specializing in: HTA, health economics and simulation modeling; health services and health policy research; clinical guidelines development through the Alberta Ambassador Program; and knowledge transfer including policy roundtables, scientific meetings, and conferences.

Institute On Governance

A Canadian, nonprofit thinktank founded in 1990. We explore, share, and promote responsible and responsive governance in Canada and abroad, and help governments, the voluntary sector, and communities put it into practice.

Jesse’s Journey Foundation

The Foundation strives to improve the lives of people, especially children, by funding the expansion of genetic knowledge. Through our investment in research we seek to inspire the scientific community to find a treatment and cure for neuromuscular diseases.

Journey to Diversity Workplaces (Regional: Barrie, ON)

Haven’t you ever wished you could work somewhere better? Somewhere where they went out of their way to not only appreciate you, but treat you right, and pay you fairly? We want a different kind of workplace, where diversity is championed, and so is the worker. At J2DW, our employees are our members. Period. Respecting differences ethically, morally, and legally.

Laurier Institution

The Laurier Institution believes that Canada’s strength is its unity and diversity. Our mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about the economic and social implications of Canadian diversity. We do research and have a speaker series to provide a platform for informed debate.

The Mackenzie Institute (International: Toronto, ON)

The Mackenzie Institute is a globally recognized Canadian-based public policy institute for research and comment on issues impacting political and social stability, specifically terrorism, organized violence, and security. The Mackenzie Institute provides external independent thinking for policy makers, governments, private sector entities, and educational institutions.

Mad River Institute for Political Studies (National: Creemore, ON)

Uses education and advocacy to promote the public good, expand democratic measures, increase government responsibility, encourage higher standards of conduct, find innovative ideas to deal with problems, and assist people regarding their place in the political process.

McCreary Centre Society

A nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of BC youth through research, information and community-based participation projects.

The NATO Council of Canada (NCC) (International: Toronto, ON)

The NATO Council of Canada (NCC) is an independent, nonprofit, think tank founded in 1966 to promote knowledge and understanding of international peace and security and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Canada. The organization facilitates its mandate by hosting conferences, seminars, roundtables, and activities, while providing in-depth analysis of current events and public policy through regular publications.

National Anti-Poverty Organization


National Trust for Canada (National: Ottawa, ON)

The National Trust for Canada is a national charity established in 1973. They inspire and lead action to save historic places. Their sites, projects and programs enhance community and quality of life and encourage Canadians to conserve, use and celebrate their heritage buildings, cultural landscapes and communities.

North-South Institute (NSI)

Has built a reputation for sound research and analysis of Canadian foreign policy, offered an independent voice on the urgent importance of world development issues, and brought those issues before the Canadian public and decision makers. Established in 1976, it is the only independent, non-governmental research institute in Canada focused on international development.

Northern Policy Institute

The Northern Policy Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit incorporated body providing fair, balanced and objective assessments of policy issues in a pan-Northern Ontario context. They are an independent policy institute.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (Regional: Iqaluit, Nunavut)

Working to secure Inuit economic, social, and cultural well-being through the implementation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

Parkland Institute (Regional: Alberta)

Produces non-partisan research and education for the common good. It is an Alberta-wide, people-funded, political economy, research network housed in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Pearson Peacekeeping Centre

The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is a Canadian based, international research and educational organization. Our mandate is to support and enhance the Canadian contribution to international peace, security and stability. An integral part of the Centre is an Internship Programme providing Canadian and international university students and recent graduates, who have an interest in peacekeeping and international affairs, with work experience and exposure to the activities of the Centre.

Public Interest Advocacy Centre


Recherche Canada: Une alliance pour les découvertes en santé (Nationale: Ottawa, ON)

Un organisme bénévole sans but lucratif qui fait la promotion de la recherche en santé à l’échelle nationale. Ses membres, qui travaillent pour tous les Canadiens et Canadiennes, viennent de tous les secteurs qui ont à coeur d’accroître les investissements dans la recherche en santé.

Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery (National: Ottawa, ON)

A not-for-profit, voluntary organization that is a national voice for health research advocacy in Canada. Working for all Canadians, its membership is drawn from all sectors dedicated to increasing investments in health research.

Roeher Institute (The)


Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) (International: Toronto, ON & Vancouver, BC)

The Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) is a dedicated to building a sustainable, inclusive and productive economy. Since 2000, SHARE has helped institutional investors become active owners by implementing responsible investment strategies including shareholder engagement, proxy voting and policy advocacy.

Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) (National: Ottawa, ON)

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a not-for-profit organization, a registered charity, and a pioneer in the use of social experiments in Canada. SRDC’s two-part mission is to help policy-makers and practitioners identify social policies and programs that improve the well-being of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing social policies and programs.

St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (National: Ottawa, ON)

A membership-based, charitable organization dedicated to community safety. We promote humane and informed justice policy and responsible leadership to foster safe communities through: evidence-based approaches to criminal and social justice; research and policy; support to member affiliates; and collaborative relationships and communication among individuals and organizations dedicated to social justice.

Sustainable Urban Development Association (SUDA) (National: Mississauga, ON)

SUDA’s mission is to foster a healthy natural environment by providing information about sustainable city-building (environmental, social, and economic) to communities, builders, and public officials. They do this through outreach, research, special projects, and mass communications.

Toronto Aboriginal Support Service Council (TASSC) (Local: Toronto, ON)

TASSC is the leading not-for-profit research, policy, and advocacy organization that addresses the social determinants of health to improve and enhance the socio-economic prospects and cultural well-being of Aboriginal peoples living in the City of Toronto.

Traffic Injury Research Foundation

The mission of the TIRF is to reduce traffic related deaths and injuries, by designing, promoting and implementing effective programs and policies, based on sound research.

Voluntary Sector Initiative

A joint initiative between Canada’s voluntary sector and the federal government with the long-term objective of strengthening the sector’s capacity to meet the challenges of the future, and enhancing the relationship between the sector and the federal government. A key source of information regarding important developments affecting Canada’s voluntary sector.

WALL Network (National: Toronto, ON)

The cumulative research generated by the WALL research network will provide a better understanding of current learning practices, processes and environments, and contribute to the production of valuable resources for instructor training, workplace innovation and government initiatives.

Waterloo Region Green Solutions (Local: Kitchener, ON)

A nonprofit environmental organization that grew out of a partnership between the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence. Its flagship program is the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP). The overall vision is to encourage citizen action to contribute to a healthier, more sustainable community, while simultaneously furthering Canada’s international commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.

World Federalist Movement – Canada (National: Ottawa, ON)

The World Federalist Movement – Canada is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organization. The WFMC is the Canadian section of the international World Federalist Movement, and has approximately 1,000 members and supporters across Canada. World Federalists support the application of the principles of federalism to world affairs, in order that global governance becomes more equitable, just and democratically accountable.