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October 21, 2015

2016 Contributions Program kicks off with call for project proposals that advance Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s privacy priorities

GATINEAU, Quebec, October 21, 2015 — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its 2016-17 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives.

The Office invites proposals for projects that advance its new strategic privacy priorities. These priorities and strategies were recently established following extensive discussions last winter with public and private sector stakeholders, academia, civil society organizations, consumer groups and the public.  Our new priorities are expected to guide the Office’s work over the next five years, and are as follows:

  • The economics of personal information
  • Government surveillance
  • Reputation and privacy
  • The body as information

As in past years, the Office is interested in funding initiatives that touch on one or more of its priority areas. Examples of initiatives include: privacy-enhancing technologies; the business of collecting, using, and disclosing information on the Internet; an analysis of the privacy challenges associated with the provision by the private sector of surveillance technology to government; privacy accountability tools for small enterprises; reputation management and recourses for deletion or correction of personal information online, including the “right to be forgotten”; the causes of cyber privacy breaches and possible solutions.

This year’s call for proposals is putting particular emphasis on innovative approaches that seek to better understand and address issues related to our priorities.  All proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets ground rules for how organizations may collect, use or disclose information about individuals in the course of commercial activities. Proposals must also touch on at least one of the OPC’s new strategic priorities. When developing project proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to review projects currently underway and completed projects from previous years in order to build on past or ongoing work.

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund projects that are initiated and completed within a single fiscal year (April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017), although some multiyear projects may be funded on an exceptional basis. All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit. 

The maximum amount that can be awarded for any single project is $50,000 and a maximum of $100,000 can be awarded per organization. The annual budget for the Contributions Program is $500,000.

All proposals must be submitted by December 2, 2015.

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 visit our website to learn more about the OPC Contributions Program or go to the 2016 Applicant’s Guide to see how to apply.

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Senior Research Analyst (Contributions Program)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 819-994-6010


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