Connecting with Canadians

About CPRN

Timely research. Thoughtful analysis. Meaningful dialogue.

Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) advises Canada's leaders on the issues of our times and the policy options to move Canada forward.  Our mission is to create knowledge and lead public dialogue and discussion on social and economic issues important to the well-being of all Canadians.  The relevance of our work is reflected in our ranking as Canada's most influential social policy think tank.

Through more than 700 publications, CPRN's work touches on many of the major socio-economic challenges facing Canadian society.  We analyze important public policy issues in health care, supports to families, learning opportunities, job quality, and sustainable cities and communities.  Our efforts to engage more Canadians on public policy have led to dialogues on issues that are fundamental to our democracy, including civic engagement and the low voter participation by young people.

Perhaps most important, federal, provincial and local governments rely on our research for ideas on how to solve pressing policy problems, or as the basis for discussions on longer-term issues.

What makes CPRN different than other socio-economic think tanks is a commitment to engaging people from all walks of life and all parts of the country in the public policy process.  This requires ongoing conversations with Canadians about the issues that matter most to them.  It makes CPRN's recommendations particularly relevant and applicable to the needs of average Canadians.

CPRN was founded in 1994 and continues to offer innovative, new approaches in public policy., for example, is a one-stop source on the quality of jobs in Canada.  The Connecting with Canadians dialogue and research agenda announced earlier this year offers a five-year program to deal with Canada's socio-economic issues.

All CPRN research is available free at  In 2007, there were more than 2.5 million visits to by decision-makers, policy researchers, students and Canadians from all walks of life.

CPRN is recognized as Canada's most influential social policy think tank
 based on website links (Think Tanks: Policy Influence on the Web,
Gregory Marchildon and Kathleen McNutt, The Graduate School
of Public Policy, University of Regina, June 2007).

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