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Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) closed its doors in 2009 due to a loss of long-term funding commitments. The problem began in 2006, when the Harper government decided to end its funding.

Mada al-Carmel

Mada al-Carmel

In 2010, the International Development Research Centre terminated two research grants it had awarded Mada al-Carmel, which directed its research toward Palestinian human rights in Israel.

Court Challenges Program

Court Challenges Program

En septembre 2006, le gouvernement Harper a coupé le budget entier du Programme de contestation judiciaire du Canada. Les coupures de financement étant sous l’autorité de l’exécutif seulement, cette décision n’a exigé aucun débat ni ratification de la part de la Chambre des communes.

Public Science

The previous federal Conservative government waged a systematic assault on public science. ​The assault included the natural and social sciences. It was not restricted to government scientists, but ran the full gamut of organizations connected to scientific research: government departments, at arms-length government funded organizations, organizations that funded other research, universities, NGOs and individual researchers who obtained grants through one of the funding agencies, and even included a UN convention conducting research relevant to climate change.

Environmental groups

The current federal government’s hostility toward environmental groups is well documented. Since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has defunded and attempted to discredit several environmental research and advocacy groups. They have positioned environmentalists as a threat to Canadian security.

Native Women's Association of Canada

Attacks on core and project funding for the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) began under the regime of Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien but surged under that of Conservative Stephen Harper. By 2015 NWAC was hemorrhaging badly even as it remained the most significant civil society champion of Indigenous women.

Quebec Native Women

Quebec Native Women logo

For over 40 years, Quebec Native Women (QNW) has provided services and support for Indigenous women in Quebec, through the "promotion of non-violence, justice, health and equality." Following an important funding cut from the federal government, though, the organization may be forced to close.

Official Development Assistance

Official Development Assistance

Since the 1960s, Canada has been internationally recognised as a progressive and generous country in its diplomatic and financial contributions to promoting international development, thought its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program. However, since coming to power in 2006, the Conservative government has been quietly dismantling programmes, changing policy orientations and priorities, and—following an initial increase which peaked in 2011—cutting the federal foreign aid budget, all to the point where there has been a major reorientation of Canada’s international development agenda, with virtually no public consultation.

Refugee Access to Welfare Benefits

In October 2014, as part of its omnibus budget bill, the federal government introduced proposed changes to the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (“FPFAA”), the legislation governing how it funds provincial social assistance programs.

Centre for Research and Information on Canada

The Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC) was established in 1996 by the Canadian Unity Council (CUC). In 2009, CRIC ceased its operations, three years after funding cuts by the Harper government in its September 2006 budget.

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