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Grants to Canada Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Associations for Research Addressing Privacy and Personal Information Protection

Contributions Program


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Funding Source
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/21/24 11:59 PM (submitter's local time) Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and industry or trade associations for research concerning the protection of personal information and privacy. Projects must be national in scope and include detailed methodology. Only research or public awareness proposals that address privacy issues in the private sector will be considered. Proposals that touch on issues falling within the federal public sector can be submitted, provided that the primary focus of the proposal deals with the private sector.
The program’s objectives are to:
  1. Strengthen existing privacy research capacity in academic and not-for-profit sectors
  2. Generate new knowledge and support the development of expertise in selected areas of privacy and data protection
  3. Increase awareness and understanding among individuals and organizations across Canada of their privacy rights and obligations
  4. Promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders

This year’s themes: “Addressing the privacy impacts of new technologies” and “Ensuring that children’s privacy is protected”. For details, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

In addition to research, funding is also available to eligible organizations to conduct privacy-related, public education, and awareness-raising initiatives. The Office especially encourages research applicants to integrate knowledge translation activities as part of their project proposals. The Office welcomes all public awareness and knowledge translation proposals aimed at achieving the objectives of the Contributions Program.

Funds may be used only for expenses directly related to the activities of the project. These activities must be reflected either in the original budgetary submission, or via subsequent approved budgetary adjustments. For eligible expenses, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only not-for-profit organizations – including consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and industry & trade associations – are eligible for funding.

Non-eligible applicants:
- For-profit organizations
- Political parties and organizations involved in partisan political activity
- Current or former public office holders or public servants who are not in compliance with the Conflict of Interest Act, the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, the Lobbying Act, or any other relevant guidelines, principles or codes relating to conflict of interest or post-employment

Projects that examine issues or address concerns that are exclusively or predominantly local, provincial or foreign in scope will not be considered eligible for funding.

The OPC will not support any expenses incurred prior to, or after completion of, the funding period stipulated in a contribution agreement. The OPC will not support any expenses that have not been paid by the recipient before they are invoiced to the OPC.

Other ineligible expenses that will not be funded under the agreement include the purchase of buildings, land, vehicles and most other major capital costs.

Notwithstanding that the following costs may have been or may be reasonably and properly incurred by the Recipient during the performance of Project activities; they are considered ineligible:
- Allowance for interest on invested capital, bonds, debentures, bank or other loans together with related bond discounts and finance charges;
- Legal, accounting and consulting fees in connection with financial reorganization, financial security issues, capital stock issues, and prosecution of claims against the Office;
- Losses on investments, bad debts and expenses for the collection thereof;
- Losses on other projects or contracts;
- Federal and provincial income taxes, excess profit taxes or surtaxes and/or special expenses in connection therewith
- Provisions for contingencies;
- Premiums for life insurance on the lives of officers and/or directors where proceeds accrue to the Recipient
- Amortization of unrealized appreciation of assets;
- Depreciation of assets paid for by the Office;
- Fines and penalties;
- Expenses and depreciation of excess facilities;
- Unreasonable compensation for officers and employees;
- Product development or improvement expenses not associated with the product being acquired under the Project;
- Donations;
- Dues and other memberships other than regular trade and professional associations;
- Trade-mark expenses;
- Land and buildings.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for receipt of applications is February 21, 2024, at 11:59 PM (applicant's local time).

Applications are deemed to have been received by the OPC on the date they are post-marked; the date they are delivered to a messenger or specialized courier agency; or the date they are sent by email. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt for your proposal, it is recommended that you check with the Office to ensure that they have received your application.

Incurred expenses must have been paid by the funding recipient before they are invoiced to the OPC.

Application Form:
Project Budget Form:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $50,000 to any single project and a maximum of $100,000 per recipient organization.

Term of Contract
The Contributions Program is structured to provide funding for eligible expenses that are incurred within the fiscal year during which the funding has been awarded – that is, between April 1, 2024, and March 31, 2025. Incurred expenses must have been paid by the funding recipient before they are invoiced to the OPC. Exceptionally, the OPC may fund projects that extend beyond the end of a fiscal year (that is, March 31, 2025) if the proposal persuasively demonstrates why the project requires more time to be completed and should be funded beyond the typical one-year period. For multi-year proposals, applicants are requested to submit work plans that cover the entire duration of the project.

Contact Information
Please return application to:

Email is preferred:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Care of: Contributions Program
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1H3

Fax: 819-994-5424

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