The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s (OPC) Contributions Program funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that generate new ideas, approaches, and knowledge about privacy. These projects can help organizations better safeguard personal information and Canadians make more informed decisions about protecting their privacy.

The Contributions Program, a widely-respected and pioneering research funding initiative, was created in 2004 to:

  • support independent, non-profit research on privacy;
  • further privacy policy development;
  • promote the protection of personal information in Canada.


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

Funding Available

The budget for the OPC‘s Contributions Program is $500,000 annually. We are making the entire amount available as part of the present call for applications.

We will award up to $50,000 to any single project and a maximum of $100,000 per recipient organization. See Section 2 below for more information on the theme for this year’s call.

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

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing the following contact(s) as soon as possible: Lesley Gallivan and their Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) February 2, 2022
Submission to Sponsor February 9, 2022, at 11:59 PM

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.