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Privacy Commissioner of Canada Renews Commitment to Building Canada’s Privacy Research Capacity

OTTAWA, January 25, 2008 – Up to half a million dollars in funding will be available to aid research into privacy issues and encourage the advancement of privacy rights under the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program.

This year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is interested in receiving research proposals focusing on four priority areas:

  1. National Security;
  2. Identity Integrity and Protection;
  3. Information Technology; and
  4. Genetic Privacy and Bio-banking.

The Contributions Program, for the first time ever, is also soliciting proposals for innovative public education, outreach and awareness raising initiatives. 

“In the age of identity theft, data breaches and social networks, amongst other issues, public education can play such an important role in empowering people with the information to make the right choices for themselves.” says Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.

Organizations that are eligible for funding under the Program include not-for profit organizations, such as educational institutions and industry and trade associations, as well as consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations.

“The Contributions Program is a great federal resource available to researchers in all provinces and territories,” says David Loukidelis, BC’s Information and Privacy Commissioner. “A major bonus is that provincial and territorial commissioners, and many other stakeholders, benefit from the well-founded research the Program generates.”

Furthermore, the Office will set aside funds under the Contributions Program to support collaborative research and policy development work with provincial and territorial privacy commissioners’ offices. No proposals will be sought for this part of the Program.

The maximum amount that can be awarded for any single research project is $50,000. Organizations are eligible to receive funding for more than one project, up to a maximum of $100,000.

Organizations that wish to submit their proposals must do so by March 14, 2008.

Links to projects completed under the Contributions Program in previous years are available on the OPC Web site at

Over the past five years, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has committed over $1.5 million to the Contributions Program.

“Some very impressive research ideas have been explored since we first started this program in 2004 and I am very pleased that my Office is able to continue supporting research that is crucial to our understanding of the state of privacy in Canada,” says Commissioner Stoddart. “This year’s program will have an added advantage of helping us generate proposals that focus on our core priorities, and actively solicit engaging public education and outreach initiatives.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman, advocate and guardian of the privacy and protection of personal information rights of Canadians.

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For more information, contact:

François Cadieux
Senior Research Analyst
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: (613) 947-3090

Media contact:

Colin McKay
Acting Director, Public Education and Communications
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: (613) 995-0103

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