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Workshops: Opening Up Canadian Federalism the European Way

April 14, 2014 — May 16, 2014


The University of Victoria (UVic) European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE), the Department of Political Science, and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD) are running a series of six workshops to disseminate and discuss the findings of a three year research project comparing Canadian and European Union (EU) approaches to governing social policy.

The workshops will take place across Canada between April 14-May 16:

Vancouver April 14, 2014

Edmonton April 16, 2014

Montreal May 9, 2014

Toronto May 12, 2014

Ottawa May 13, 2014

Halifax May 16, 2014

The workshops bring together researchers and experts who have studied social policy in both Canada and the EU with Canadian policy practitioners to have a practical conversation about the challenges of managing multilevel governance. Over the past 15 years Canada has been decentralizing social policy; in contrast the EU has been building an EU-wide social dimension that never previously existed. How did they do this, what impact has it had, and are there any governance ideas that might improve Canada’s approach to managing the federation?

Each workshop will explore different areas of social policy:

  • social inclusion/poverty/homelessness;
  • research and postsecondary education;
  • employment policy and pensions, and
  • health care

This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space.  For more information or to register, see

This knowledge mobilization activity is being funded through a grant provided by the European Commission to the University of Victoria, and financial support from the CETD (with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Key partners for each workshop include the local European Union Centre of Excellence, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR), plus policy research institutes and non-government organizations in different locations. The workshops represent the culmination of a three year CETD research project undertaken by the “Democratic Deficit” and Policy Coordination in Multi-level Governance Systems research group.  More information on the research is available here.