Centre for the North
The Centre for the North (CFN) is the Research Centre within the Northern and Aboriginal Policy knowledge area.
To fill a perceived gap in independent applied research on issues affecting Canada’s North, The Conference Board of Canada launched the Centre for the North in 2009. This led to research and discussion papers on critical issues of importance to Northerners, including education, housing, health, governance, and community resilience. Extensive research was also produced that covered key Northern economic development topics, such as major resource projects, labour force capacity, and infrastructure construction and maintenance. As the Centre developed, it released a series of economic forecasts for the territories. The “territorial forecast” is now recognized as an invaluable tool by its users.
The Centre for the North has grown into an impactful research initiative and a trusted convener, providing a safe space for constructive dialogue on Northern and Aboriginal issues. The Centre maintains a grounded and action oriented approach to research and outreach—one that embraces the North’s diversity, provides tools for better decision-making, and highlights innovative and successful initiatives. Based on the aspirations of Northerners, the Centre strives to develop practical approaches to problems.