Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Contributions Program 2021-22


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


OPC Contributions Program


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has issued a call for proposals under its 2021-2022 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and knowledge translation initiatives. The OPC is interested in funding innovative projects that seek to better understand and address key and emerging issues related to privacy. This year, the OPC is particularly interested in funding projects on “Protecting Privacy in an Increasingly Digitalized World”.

All proposals 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. When developing project proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to review projects currently underway and completed projects from previous years in order to build on past or ongoing work.

Applicants interested in generating new ideas, approaches and knowledge about privacy that will help organizations or individuals make informed decisions about protecting personal information, please visit the OPC website to learn more about the Contributions Program or go to the 2021-22 Applicant’s Guide to find out more information on project requirements and how to apply.


Only not-for-profit organizations – including consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and industry & trade associations – are eligible for funding. 

For more information on eligibility criteria, please view the 2021-22 Applicant Guide.

Maximum Project Value

The budget for the OPC's Contributions Program is $500,000 annually. The OPC will award up to $50,000 to any single project and a maximum of $100,000 per recipient organization. 

Please note that the program’s budget may be cancelled, reduced or increased if funding levels are changed by Parliament.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund projects that are initiated and completed within a single fiscal year (April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022), although some exceptions may be made for multi-year projects where it can be demonstrated by applicants that more time is required for these to be completed. 

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 5, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET.

Please forward your application to the following coordinates.
Email is preferred:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Care of: Contributions Program
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1H3

For Questions, please contact

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Kathy Renaud, Administrative Coordinator, Contributions Program

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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