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Privacy Commissioner announces new funding recipients for independent research and awareness projects

June 30, 2020

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is proud to announce the new projects funded as part of its 2020–2021 Contributions Program. Most of these research and public awareness projects relate to artificial intelligence, the main focus of this year’s call for proposals.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner received 43 proposals for the 2020–2021 funding cycle. Those proposals were evaluated by the Office on the basis of merit. Following the evaluation process, 11 projects were selected to receive funding support.

The new projects will help advance the Office’s privacy priorities, which focus mainly on responding to Canadians’ concerns about privacy. These priorities, which help to guide the Office’s work, are the economics of personal information; government surveillance; reputation and privacy; and the body as information.

For a full list of successful projects, see: Contributions Program projects underway.

The Contributions Program funds independent privacy research and initiatives that generate new ideas, approaches, and knowledge to help organizations better safeguard personal information and to help Canadians make more informed decisions about protecting their privacy.

The Contributions Program was created in 2004 to support arm’s length, non-profit research on privacy, further privacy policy development, and promote the protection of personal information in Canada. Since then, the Program has allocated approximately $7 million to some 160 projects.

For more information, please contact François Cadieux, Manager, Policy and Research, at or at (613) 867-7632.

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