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 2015-2016

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced the recipients of its 2015-2016 Contributions Program. The Office is providing over $440,000 this year for nine new independent research and knowledge translation projects that will explore emerging and evolving privacy issues.

Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium

The Pathways to Privacy Research Symposium series showcases privacy-related research funded by the OPC’s Contributions Program and other organizations to:

  • Facilitate dialogue between the people who do the research and those who apply it;
  • Enhance the relevance of research results and enable uptake and application by relevant end-users; and
  • Provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary capacity-building, partnership and networking among researchers.

The theme of the most recent symposium was “A Return to First Principles for Privacy at the Cutting-Edge,” and it was held in February 2015. Read more…

Contributions Program 2014-2015

Research projects for the Contributions Program 2014-2015 are currently being finalized and reviewed by OPC staff, and we will be posting summaries and links to the final projects soon. For more information, please contact François Cadieux, Senior Research Analyst, at

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.

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