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Grants to Canada Nonprofits and IHEs for Research
Addresing Privacy and Personal Information Protection

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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)

Deadline Date:

02/05/21 11:59 PM (submitter's local time)


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Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations and academic 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. Eligible projects are those addressing privacy in an increasingly digital world, public education and knowledge translation, and partnerships between academia and civil society.


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

Eligible Projects:

  • This year’s theme: “Protecting privacy in an increasingly digital world”: While proposals on a wide range of topics are always welcome, this year the OPC is particularly interested in funding proposals that deal with the protection of privacy in an increasingly digital world.
  • Public education and knowledge translation: Funding is also available to eligible organizations to conduct privacy-related, public education and awareness raising initiatives. 
  • Encouraging partnerships between academia and civil society: The program has made good progress over the past years in funding a greater diversity of research applicants. The OPC wishes to continue actively engaging civil society groups through the program, as these groups can increase public awareness of research findings. To this end, the OPC continues to encourage universities and other research groups to develop new partnerships with civil society organizations as part of their proposals. For example, universities could collaborate with public education groups, or advocacy associations could partner with research groups. During the assessment process, additional points will be allocated to proposals that put forward plans for such partnerships.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159934

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount that applicants may request and that can be awarded to a single research or public education project or knowledge translation initiative is $50,000.

The maximum amount that can be allocated to any single recipient organization is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The OPC’s 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, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Incurred expenses must have been paid by the 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, 2022) 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.

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; and
- 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.

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.

Indirect administrative expenses (that is, overhead) should be limited to no more than 15 per cent of the total project expenses incurred under the contribution agreement.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 5, 2021, at 11:59 PM (your local time).

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

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Please forward your application to the following coordinates.

Email is preferred:

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

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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;

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