Research Centres

Make a Lasting Impact.

Research centres are dedicated to furthering knowledge and discourse about some of Canada’s toughest challenges and greatest opportunities.

Each research centre is funded by multiple stakeholders, united in their mission for progress, who help support and define the research agenda.

From global trade and immigration to mental health, Indigenous issues, and more, our research centres enable us to broadly develop and disseminate research that informs decision-making.

Canadian Centre for the Innovation Economy

Innovation & Technology

Canada has a highly educated workforce and strong research capability but fails to turn these advantages into commercial success and innovation-based economic growth. This problem is known as Canada’s innovation paradox.

Centre for Business Insights on Immigration


Canada’s immigration system underperforms at quickly connecting immigrants with opportunities that match their skills, education, and experience. This leads to inadequate economic outcomes for immigrants and fails to meet employers’ skilled labour needs.

Centre for the North

Indigenous & Northern Communities

Canada’s North is rich in culture, resources, and natural beauty, but lags behind its Southern counterparts in critical social and economic areas. Closing these gaps would benefit the North and Canada as a whole.

Global Commerce Centre

Canadian Economics

The success of Canada’s trade sector is critical to our economic growth and regional development. As the global trade context is increasingly challenging, the Global Commerce Centre analyzes emerging global shifts, identifies the challenges they may bring, and explores trade opportunities.

National Immigration Centre


Canada’s future prosperity depends on immigration. Optimizing the systems that help to attract, select, and settle immigrants will maximize the benefits of immigration for both newcomers and Canadians. The National Immigration Centre was established to enhance Canada’s immigration system through independent, impartial, evidence-based research.

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Value Based Healthcare Canada


Canada’s healthcare systems are under exceptional stress. We must improve patient care and outcomes, cost transparency, and capacity to meet current needs and serve future generations. Value-based healthcare (VBHC) is an international framework that can help achieve this by focusing on self-reported outcomes and quality of life.  

Workplace Mental Health Research Centre

Human Resources

We believe strong workplace mental health is the cornerstone of employee engagement and productivity—and employers have a pivotal role to play. This centre was established to increase awareness and understanding of this issue through research, analysis and dialogue.


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