Think Tanks are very useful non state actors that play a crucial role – providing research to assist with public policy. Canada is home to over 20 different Think Tanks producing a varied amount of research for governments to use.
What are Think Tanks?
A think tank can be in the form of an organization, corporation, institute, or other public body conducting research for the purposes of formulating public policy.
In Canada, think tanks are often non-profit organizations and usually receive tax exempt status.
Think tanks may produce research that is ideological in nature and aligned with those that fund them.
Think tanks may be primarily funded by governments, but have also been known to be funded by other parties such as interest groups, or businesses as well. Some think tanks may also receive income from consulting or research work as well.
Included below is a list of Think Tanks
Think Tanks in Canada
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ – Policy Alternatives
http://www.ccsd.ca/ – Canadian Council on Social Development
http://www.cigionline.org/ – Centre for International Governance Innovation
http://www.cdfai.org/ – Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute
http://www.apec-econ.ca/ – Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
http://www.aims.ca/en/home/default.aspx – Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
http://www.irpp.org/index_en.php – Institute for Research on Public Policy
http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Pages/default.aspx – International Research Development Centre
http://www.ppforum.ca/ – Public Policy Forum
http://cwf.ca/ – Canada West Foundation
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/default.aspx – Fraser Institute
http://www.ipolitics.ca/politics/ – iPolitics
http://www.caledoninst.org/index.php – Caledon Institute for Social Policy
http://www.nsi-ins.ca/english/default.asp – The North Shore Institute
https://www.securewebexchange.com/metamodequadrant.com/home.html – Metamode Institute on Public Policy
http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com/ – Mackenzie Institute
http://www.iccs-isac.org/en/ – Institute for Citizen Centred Service
http://iog.ca/en/news-events – Institute on Governance
http://www.couchichinginstitute.ca/ – Couchiching Institute
http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/governance/eng/ – Faculty on Social Sciences, Centre on Governance
http://www.csls.ca/ – Centre for Study on Living Standards
http://www.immigrationreform.ca/english/View.asp?x=831 – Centre for Immigration Policy Reform
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