What we do

Good for the West. Good for Canada.

The Canada West Foundation is an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. Through our evidence-based research and commentary, we provide practical solutions to tough public policy challenges facing the West, and Canada as a whole, at home and on the global stage.


Our team of research directors and policy analysts explore the big issues that affect the West and all of Canada. They produce thoughtful ground-breaking research on the issues that matter most.

Bring People Together

We bring together political, academic, business and community leaders in seminars, forums, conferences and round tables. We get people talking about what we need to do to create a better and more secure West.

Spread the Word

Our ideas make news. Through research publications, op-eds in major Canadian newspapers, interviews on radio and television, blogs and social media, our work reaches millions of readers each year.

We find solutions

We find practical solutions to real challenges that face western Canada today – from getting our products to markets around the world, building a stronger, more versatile workforce and finding ways to build public support for our key natural resource industries – forestry, agri-food, mining and oil and gas. It’s all about ensuring Canada’s four western provinces remain great places to live and raise families.

Centres of excellence

Three centres of research focus on some of the biggest issues effecting Western Canada today: the capacity of our workforce, how we manage our natural resources, and build trade and investment. In addition, our analysts stay on top of major economic trends.

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