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The work catalyzed by the Future of Canada Project brings context and insight to questions about how Canada has evolved and the challenges we must address going forward.

As diverse as the projects are, they all contribute to an understanding of Canada and its potential futures. Projects include – and go beyond – traditional academic research. They are interdisciplinary in nature and thus able to tackle complex and nationally-relevant issues.

2022/2023 Projects

Bringing hope and well-being to community-dwelling older Ontarians in the pandemic world through creative writing and digital literacy learning Learn More

How can digital tools and intergenerational storytelling combat social isolation and improve emotional and cognitive well-being in older adults?

Principal Investigator: Victor Kuperman (Humanities) 

The challenge of reconciliation: what we can learn from the stories of the Hamilton Mountain Sanitorium and the Mohawk Institute Residential School Learn More

What does reconciliation look like outside of state-informed processes and what do descendants of affected communities see as hope?

Principal Investigator: Vanessa Watts (Sociology/Indigenous Studies/Social Sciences) 


COVID-19 in racialized communities in the Greater Toronto Area: experiences and conceptualizations of loss Learn More

How can centering the voices and experiences of marginalized populations lead to better public health responses?

Principal Investigators: Ingrid Waldron (Centre for Peace Studies; Department of History and Global Peace and Social Justice Program, Faculty of Humanities) and Chandrima Chakraborty (Centre for Peace Studies; Department of English and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities) 


Defying systemic racism and hate: building community solidarity for knowledge sharing, mutual aid and action for the future Learn More

How can community-led initiatives be better supported to dismantle structural and systemic racism in Hamilton and throughout Canada? 

Principal Investigator: Ameil J. Joseph (School of Social Work) 


COVID-19 disinformation monitor Learn More

What role does social media play in spreading misinformation, particularly in the context of COVID-19, and how does this misinformation lead to people losing trust in democratic institutions? 

Principal Investigator: Clifton van der Linden (Political Science) 

Bringing the children home: making the uses and misuses of DNA for identification clear to those who need it most Learn More

How can creating tailored information regarding DNA identification empower Indigenous communities to lead the decision-making process around using genetic tools in identifying children from residential school burial sites?  

Principal Investigator: Hendrik Poinar (Anthropology/Biochemistry) 


Diversity, social media framing and the personalized candidacy in Canadian elections: an experimental analysis Learn More

If more political candidates with diverse backgrounds run for election in Canada, will this lead to more voter engagement? 

Principal Investigator: Karen Bird (Political Science) 


Reconciliation through community and curriculum-building in astronomy Learn More

How can Indigenous astronomy knowledge be used to further truth and reconciliation?

Principal Investigator: Robert Cockcroft (Physics and Astronomy/Science) 


Echoes from this land: visioning - revisiting Truth and Reconciliation Learn More

How can a visual representation of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report help to increase public awareness, contribute to social change and support knowledge exchange through artistic collaborations?

Principal investigator: Briana Palmer (SOTA, Humanities)

2020/2021 Projects

Foresight lab Learn More

What skills, methods and mindsets will best prepare our current and future leaders to understand and navigate our rapidly changing world?

Find out more about the foresight lab.

Themes: strategic foresight, long-term trend analysis, change management, leadership development

Canada’s democracy: informed citizens, brighter world Learn More

What lessons from the history of Canadian democracy can best inform our approaches to crises in the natural world?

Themes: history, democracy, pandemic, water, natural world

Canadian capitals hub: public and social investment for a flourishing Canada Learn More

How can a focus on these Canadian capitals and their interdependent impacts guide policy making and investment strategies to create a flourishing future for Canada and Canadians?

Themes: policy development, the economy, human capital, social capital, natural capital, digital capital, climate change

Strengthening health policy in Canada through leadership in public engagement Learn More

How can health policymakers respond to calls for more inclusive and transformative public engagement processes? How can public engagement be used to improve policy responsiveness, enhance democratic legitimacy, and build trust?

Find out more about the public engagement in health policy project.

Themes: healthcare, health policy, public engagement, participatory democracy, pandemic

Wilson Leadership Scholar Award (WLSA) Learn More

What experiences and exposure to issues will ignite developing leaders’ commitment and ability to tackling Canada’s pressing challenges?

Themes: experiential learning, problem-based learning, student development, leadership development

Research Grant FAQs

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The 2022/2023 call for proposals for FCP research grants is now closed. Selected applicants were notified in July 2022. The grant award year for 2022/2023 research projects began on July 1, 2022 and will conclude June 30, 2023.  Any future opportunities will be posted on this website.

An interdisciplinary review panel evaluated the proposals and made recommendations to the Future of Canada Project governance committee who made the final selections.  

The Project Council was not involved in the selection process, although the Council set the themes and direction for the Project and will continue to be involved in initiatives of the Project. 

The projects were evaluated on: 

  • Engagement with one or more of the FCP themes with a preference for projects that address two or more 
  • Potential for impact on one or more of the FCP vision’s four elements: Power, Hope, Community, Well-being 
  • Interdisciplinary approach 
  • Integration of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) considerations 
  • Inclusion of student leadership development opportunities 
  • The capacity of the research investigator or team to carry out the proposed research 
  • Feasibility and appropriateness of budget and timeline 

Principal Investigators will be required to provide a final report at the end of the award year with the following: 

  • Summary of the research activities and knowledge mobilization activities, including details on specific outputs and audiences engaged 
  • Description of the research outcomes (including challenges and achievements) and how these relate to the FCP themes and vision 

From time to time, the Future of Canada Project will check in with research teams for brief project updates. These will be opportunities for the Project to amplify the work of the research teams. Teams will also be expected to participate in the Future of Canada Summit in late 2023 where the results of the research will be shared with the Council and a larger community or future thinkers.