Contributions Program: Privacy Research and Related Knowledge Translation Initiatives Funded by the OPC

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s (OPC) Contributions Program funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives. Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that generate new ideas, approaches, and knowledge about privacy that organizations can apply to better safeguard personal information and/or that individual Canadians can use to make more informed decisions about protecting their privacy.

Created in 2004 to support independent, non-profit research on privacy, further privacy policy development, and promote the protection of personal information in Canada, the Contributions Program is considered one of the foremost privacy research funding programs in the world.

Program News

Contributions Program 2014-2015

The OPC has issued the call for proposals for the 2014-2015 program. If you are interested in generating new ideas, approaches and knowledge about privacy that will help organizations or individuals make informed decisions about protecting personal information, please read our Applicant’s Guide or contact François Cadieux, Senior Research Officer (Contributions Program), at

OPC Awards Funding for 2014 Privacy Research Symposium

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has awarded funding to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to organise and host the second Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium. The theme of the CCLA event will be “Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy,” and it will be held at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University in March 2014. Read more…

Contributions Program 2013-2014

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced the recipients of its 2013-2014 Contributions Program. The Office is providing close to $450,000 this year for 10 new independent research and awareness projects that will explore emerging and evolving privacy issues.

Real Results: Protecting privacy rights through innovative research

Real Results highlights a handful of independent cutting-edge projects funded through the OPC’s Contributions Program. Read how these researchers are generating new ideas, approaches and information about privacy in Canada, and how their work has impacted Canadians.

Contributions Program 2012-2013

Looking for some fresh thinking about privacy issues and challenges? We have begun posting the final summaries for the most recently completed privacy research and public education projects funded by the OPC’s Contributions Program:

For more information, please contact François Cadieux, Senior Research Analyst, at