What We Do

Research and Education about Freedom of
Information and Privacy Issues

Public Computer Foyer

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The Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Infor­ma­tion and Pri­va­cy Stud­ies (CIIPS) exists to expand pub­lic knowl­edge of free­dom of infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy issues in Cana­da. We achieve that through pro­grams of research and edu­ca­tion. The Insti­tute is man­aged by a fed­er­al­ly incor­po­rat­ed soci­ety which is reg­is­tered as a char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion.

We are not an activist orga­ni­za­tion but rather a “think tank” that advances knowl­edge about infor­ma­tion issues and infor­ma­tion rights through research and edu­ca­tion.

CIIPS is ded­i­cated to dis­cov­er­ing and shar­ing the lat­est knowl­edge in our field. Often through part­ner­ships, we con­duct or spon­sor research regard­ing pri­vacy, infor­ma­tion, open gov­ern­ment, open data, and media democ­racy. And we share it, often through part­ner­ships, through edu­ca­tional pro­grams for the full range of schools, as well as through con­fer­ences, work­shops, and sem­i­nars. And also through our newslet­ters, web­site, and social media, through being an informed and cred­i­ble source for media, and by pub­lish­ing reports and con­tribut­ing to jour­nals.

For def­i­n­i­tions of “free­dom of infor­ma­tion,” “pri­va­cy” and “infor­ma­tion rights,” please go here.


We study issues relat­ing to free­dom of infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion rel­e­vant to Cana­di­an soci­ety, includ­ing their val­ue, impact, and imple­men­ta­tion. In part­ner­ship with inde­pen­dent and aca­d­e­m­ic researchers, CIIPS will spon­sor research papers, reports and oth­er mate­ri­als that:

  • com­pare approach­es in var­i­ous nations and sec­tors
  • seek “best prac­tices” from around the world
  • eval­u­ate “made in Cana­da” pol­i­cy options
  • seek poten­tial paths for­ward for pub­lic and cor­po­rate pol­i­cy
  • pro­vide the data and ideas for advance­ment by pro­fes­sion­al prac­ti­tion­ers and civ­il lib­er­ties orga­ni­za­tions
  • share research find­ings with the gen­er­al pub­lic, deci­sion-mak­ers, prac­ti­tion­ers, and stu­dents.


CIIPS cre­ates edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams for the gen­er­al pub­lic, youth, high school and uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents. The insti­tute will devel­op edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams inde­pen­dent­ly by con­tract­ing with qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als, and also seek part­ner­ships with exist­ing uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and schools for the devel­op­ment and pre­sen­ta­tion of cours­es of study.

As well, the Insti­tute will reach out to the gen­er­al pub­lic, as well as aca­d­e­m­ic, legal, admin­is­tra­tive, and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als to increase under­stand­ing of infor­ma­tion rights and relat­ed pub­lic-pol­i­cy options.

CIIPS will con­tribute to build­ing a net­work of mem­bers, advi­sors, fel­lows, sup­port­ers, and inter­est­ed cit­i­zens through our web­site, newslet­ters, social media, brochures, pub­lic events, pop­u­lar media and oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties to advance knowl­edge and edu­ca­tion.