About the Contributions Program

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 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.

Summaries and links to the deliverables from all completed projects are available on this web site.

The OPC issues an annual call for proposals, generally in the Fall. For more information see our page: How to apply for Contributions funding.

This year’s recipients were announced on May 16, 2017. See our list of Contributions Program announcements for more information. These projects will be completed by March 31, 2018. You can also view a list of Contributions Program projects currently underway.

Pathways to Privacy

In some years the OPC issues an additional special call under the Contributions Program for an initiative called Pathways to Privacy. Pathways to Privacy was established by the OPC to increase awareness of the outcomes of privacy research and knowledge translation projects in Canada.

Descriptions and links to materials generated for Pathways to Privacy events and projects are available on this web site.

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