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Canada West Foundation popular

The Canada West Foundation is dedicated to introducing Western perspectives into current Canadian policy debates. It encourages citizen engagement on current policy issues.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research popular

The Canadian Institute for Advance Research provides funding for researchers studying issues in the sciences and social sciences. It also participates in facilitating this research vis-à-vis the public and private sectors.

Canadian Policy Research Networks popular

The Canadian Policy Research Networks is dedicated to fostering a more just, prosperous, and caring society in Canada. It specializes in social and economic policy research, with a focus on the human aspects of policy issues.

Canadian Unity Council popular

The Canadian Unity Council serves as a rallying point for thousands of volunteers who believe that a better understanding and greater involvement in issues create increased feelings of national unity.

Centre for Cultural Renewal popular

The mandate of the Centre for Cultural Renewal is to communicate the importance of religions to culture and the importance of culture to religions. Its goal is to address the relationship that exists between public policy vis-à-vis cultural and religious convictions.

Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs popular

The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs has a mission of increasing awareness and understanding of domestic and international issues. Its main activity is a summer conference on a current public policy issue.

Council of Canadians popular

The Council of Canadians is a citizens’ watchdog organization with over 100,000 members. It has established itself as a voice for Canadian economic sovereignty, and coordinates lobbying activities accordingly.

Frontier Centre for Public Policy popular

The mission of the Frontier Centre is to develop and popularize policy choices that will help Canada’s Prairie region to live up to its vast but unrealized economic potential.

Institute for Research on Public Policy popular

The Institute for Research on Public Policy has a mission to advance new ideas that will help Canadians make more effective policy choices. Its main publication is Policy Options, which covers a broad range of issues.

Institute on Governance popular

The Institute on Governance was founded to promote effective governance. It focuses on seven principal knowledge areas that pertain to the development of research and educational programs.

PAR-L (Policy, Action, Research List) popular

PARL-L was founded in 1995 as an e-mail list by the former Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW).

Parkland Institute popular

The Parkland Institute uses a political economy perspective to study public policy issues affecting Albertans and Canadians. Its mission is to examine market-oriented assumptions to determine their effectiveness.

Pearson-Shoyama Institute popular

The Pearson-Shoyama Institute believes in a policy development process that is inclusive of Canadians. It facilitates public dialogue on public policy issues.

Polaris Institute popular

The Polaris Institute was established in response to rising opposition to the two major free trade agreements that dramatically restructured the economy and society in Canada in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Public Policy Forum popular

The Public Policy Forum provides a neutral venue where the private sector and public sector can meet to learn from one another. It includes business, labour, think tanks, academia, the media, and governments.

Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy popular

The Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy (SIPP) undertakes research on issues that arise from challenging policy dilemmas through its main activities of research, education and citizenship involvement.

Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development (CVSRD) exists as a result of a partnership involving the voluntary sector, the Faculty of Public Affairs and Management at Carleton University, and the Centre for Governance at the University of Ottawa. The CVSRD is focused on completing original and applied research and learning across four main areas: Governance, Management, Policy, and Emerging Issues in the Voluntary Sector.

Institute for Citizen-Centred Service

The Institute for Citizen-Centred Service was created to sustain and further develop improvements vis-à-vis citizen satisfaction with public-sector service delivery in Canada. It undertakes research to identify citizen’s expectations, satisfaction levels, and priorities for service improvement.

Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society

Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society aims to facilitate better communication between the media and civil society, in order to expand democracy and strengthen civil society.

Institute of Public Administration of Canada

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada is an association of public servants, academics, and others who are interested in public administration. Its mission is to promote excellence in public service.

Liu Institute for Global Issues

The Liu Institute seeks interdisciplinary and policy-related research and advocacy on global public policy issues related to human security.

Parliamentary Centre

The mission of the Parliamentary Centre is to strengthen legislatures in Canada and around the world. It works closely with the Parliament of Canada to fulfill its goals.

The Commonwealth Centre for Electronic Governance

In November 2000, the Commonwealth Centre for e-Governance (CCEG) became a legal entity incorporated in the United Kingdom and Canada. As a think tank that operates on a global scale, CCEG exists through the support of an e-Governance program of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, UK.