Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: 2019-2020 Contributions Program


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Contributions Program 2019-2020


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has issued a call for proposals under its 2019-2020 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives. 
OPC is inviting research and knowledge translation applications that advance its strategic privacy priorities. In addition, the OPC is interested in funding one or more “design jams” on consent, meaning design sessions on the topic of consenting to the use of personal information.
All proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).


Academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations including industry associations and trade associations, are eligible under the Program for funding of research and related knowledge translation initiatives concerning the promotion of privacy and the protection of personal information. Eligible applicants include consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations.

Funding Availability

The budget for OPC's Contribution Program is $500,000 annually, which is fully being made available under the present call. Up to $100,000 may be provided to a successful proposal or set of proposals involving the organization of “design jams.” And at least $400,000 is being made available for all other research and knowledge translation projects, up to a maximum of $50,000 per research or knowledge translation project.

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

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to provide funding for eligible expenses that are incurred within the same fiscal year that funds have been awarded—that is between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020. 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 the fiscal year (i.e. March 31, 2020) 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.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please visit the OPC website to learn more about the Contributions Program or go to the 2019 Applicant’s Guide to find out more information on project requirements and how to apply.

The proposal and OR-5 form are due to the Office of Research Services by Wednesday November 7, 2018, for administrative review and approval.  Please email the complete application package and OR-5 form to​.

External Deadline

Researchers are responsible for submitting their approved application package directly to the sponsor.

The application is due to the following address:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Care of: Contributions Program
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1H3
Fax: 819-994-5424

Note: Applications are deemed to have been received by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on the date they are post-marked; the date they are delivered to a messenger or specialized courier agency; or the date they are sent by fax or e-mail.


For Questions, please contact
For program information, contact:
François Cadieux
Manager, Contributions Program
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 819-994-6010

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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