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December 20, 2022

The future is now! Contributions Program launches annual call for proposals for research and awareness projects

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals for its Contributions Program, which funds innovative research and public awareness initiatives that seek to better understand and address key and emerging issues related to privacy.

This year, the OPC is calling for proposals answering to the theme “The future is now! Assessing and managing the privacy impacts of immersive and embeddable technologies.” By "immersive" we mean technologies that merge the physical and virtual worlds, and by "embeddable" we refer to technologies that are capable of reaching deep inside an individual and deducing – or interpreting – their very essence.

To be eligible for funding, proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets the ground rules for how organizations may collect, use or disclose information about individuals in the course of commercial activities. Applicants are encouraged to get a sense of previous or ongoing projects funded under the Program when developing their proposals.

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund projects that are initiated and completed within a single fiscal year (April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024), although some exceptions may be made for multi-year projects where applicants can demonstrate that more time is required.

All proposals must be submitted by February 10, 2023. They will be evaluated on the basis of merit.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Contributions Program or go to the 2023-24 Applicant’s Guide to find out more information on project requirements and how to apply.

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Manager, Policy and Research
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


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