The Samara Centre for Democracy

Don't Blame "The People" Report

Don't Blame "The People"

This report uses new data to answer the question: Is Canada having a populist moment? And if so, why is that a problem?

"Speaking of Democracy" Event

Blog: Samara and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario launch "Speaking of Democracy"

We are proud to have contributed to the “Speaking of Democracy” exhibit, now on display at Queen's Park.

2019 Democracy 360

2019 Democracy 360

The third report card on how Canadians communicate, participate, and lead in politics.

Investing in Civic Literacy

Investing in Canadians' Civic Literacy

A report on what civic literacy is, why it matters, and how we can foster a more civically literate public.


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The Samara Centre for Democracy is a non-partisan charity dedicated to strengthening Canada’s democracy. The Samara Centre produces innovative, action-oriented research that illuminates the evidence and reforms needed to make Canadian politics more accessible, responsive, and inclusive. Through original engagement programming, we provide active citizens and public leaders with tools and resources designed to engage Canadians in their democracy.





Globe op-ed
Globe op-ed




"Prime Ministers shouldn’t get to decide when by-elections happen." Read our latest op-ed on federal by-elections in The Globe and Mail.


Jane and Kendall




Announcing our Acting Executive Director!
Kendall Anderson will be filling in for Jane Hilderman as she takes a year-long parental leave.


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Teagyn Vallevand