Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada call for proposals: 2017-2018 Contributions Program


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)


Contributions Program 2017-2018

For More Information

For more information on the call for proposals please visit the Contribution Program Announcement on the OPC website.


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) seeks proposals under its 2017-2018 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives.

The Office is inviting research and knowledge translation applications that advance its strategic privacy priorities. As in past years, the Office is interested in funding innovative initiatives that seek to better understand and address issues related to our priorities.

In addition, the OPC is particularly interested in proposals aimed at developing Privacy Codes of Practice.

Specifically, the Office is inviting proposals by not-for-profit industry, trade or professional associations, academics, civil society groups, and/or consumer advocacy groups to develop privacy codes of practice that will:

  • Enhance organizational accountability;
  • Promote regulatory compliance through greater certainty and predictability;
  • Augment information to individuals beyond privacy policies, helping to promote transparency and openness with respect to how privacy obligations are met and addressed.

Codes of practice can be aimed at a particular industry sector (e.g., finance, retail, automotive, etc.) or a particular activity (e.g., de-identification, online behavioral advertising, telematics, etc.).

All proposals—for research, knowledge translation or codes of practice projects—must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets ground rules for how organizations may collect, use or disclose information about individuals in the course of commercial activities. Proposals must also touch on at least one of the OPC’s strategic privacy priorities.


Academic institutions

Funding Availability

The annual budget for the Contributions Program is $500,000.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount that can be awarded for any single project is $50,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your completed application form including budget, along with your OR-5 to

External Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 9, 2017 at 11:59pm. Researchers are responsible for submitting their application to the sponsor.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form located on the OPC program website. Researcher will be responsible for submission of their application to OPC in accordance with the application submission guidelines.

For Questions, please contact

For program information, contact:
François Cadieux
Senior Research Analyst (Contributions Program)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 819-994-6010

Office of Research

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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