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This project produced the first systematic examination of the breadth of state funding for NGOs in Canada. In addition to Phase I of the database, there were also numerous other deliverables that emerged from this project.

Canadians have witnessed a remarkable surge in social protest in recent years from Idle No More to Toronto’s G20 protests and the Quebec student demonstrations among others. These have occurred alongside similar developments around the world, most notably Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring and protests in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil. Meanwhile, the relationship between the governments and NGOs in Canada has been rapidly changing. Funding for the nonprofit sector is being substantially reduced. Yet governments in Canada continue to depend heavily on NGOs to deliver services such as crisis response, education or health programs. Many NGOs are responding to the cuts with innovations in organizing, advocacy, and community fundraising while others are diminishing in size or disappearing under these new conditions. These developments make this an ideal moment to study social movements and their relationship with the state. If NGOs are essential to democracy and facilitating citizen engagement, then changes in state funding raises profound questions about how NGOs advocate for the interests of their constituents.

The research team for this project included:


Principal Investigators


Dr. Dominique Clément
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
5-21 Tory Building, Edmonton, AB, T6G2H4
Dr. Pascale Dufour
Department of Political Science
Université de Montréal
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, C. P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7
Dr. Catherine Corrigall-Brown
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Dr. Dominique Masson
Institute of Women’s Studies
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University
Social Sciences Building, Room 11002
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
Dr. Howard Ramos
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2

News and updates.

Readings lists on the topic of state funding for social movements

All information sources from statefunding.ca and the database should be acknowledged by the User and cited as follows:


  • Clément, Dominique. “Title of Page or Document.” State Funding for Social Movements. Accessed [date accessed, e.g. 28 July 2020] www.statefunding.ca.


Clément, Dominique. State Funding for Social Movements Database. Accessed [date accessed, e.g. 28 July 2020] www.database.statefunding.ca

This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. It also received generous financial support from the University of Alberta Library’s Digital Initiatives, the Arts Resource Centre and the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies.