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About Us

The West is in. And Canada West Foundation helped put it there. Over the past 40 years, our research and commentary has improved government policy and decision making. Today, the West is a part of the national agenda and has been at the forefront of the most important debates that have shaped our country.

We give the people of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba a voice. A voice for their dreams, interests and frustrations. As westerners, we understand the people and the places of the West. We know our history and how it influences our future. Whether it is the economy, environment, education, healthcare, taxes, energy, social services, urban issues, provincial-federal relations or any other policy area of importance to the West, we have researched it, commented on it, stimulated debate about it and recommended practical options for improving the policy response. Democracy lives.

Canada West Foundation is known and respected for its independence. No one tells us what to say, even though we are engaged by all levels of government, all types of companies, associations and philanthropic foundations. As a nonprofit, donations ensure our research is accessible and free, so everyone can benefit.

Our credentials are impressive. We have the policy and economic experts you need. Our Board of Directors represent the who’s who of the four western provinces. Our list of projects is long. We’re just like the West. Absolutely essential. Absolutely part of Canada’s success. 


Our Vision
A dynamic and prosperous West in a strong Canada.

Our Mission
A leading source of strategic insight, conducting and communicating non-partisan economic and public policy research of importance to the four western provinces and all Canadians.

Our mandate is to explore public policy issues of particular interest to western Canadians, to test national policies against regional aspirations and to ensure an effective regional voice in national policy discussions and the national political process.

Canada West Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization incorporated under federal charter (#11882 8698 RR 0001).

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