The Samara Centre for Democracy

Locally Grown

Report: Locally Grown

Based on a survey of mayors and councillors from across Canada, this report sheds light on their paths to politics and lives as municipal politicians.

Confronting Online Harm

Video: Confronting Online Harm

MPs and researchers discuss how to protect Canadian democracy in the age of social media.

Work With Us

Hiring an Executive Director

We're seeking a visionary and strategic leader to advocate for Canadian democracy and to inject fresh insight and perspective into our work.

Resources for Elected Leaders

Resources for Elected Leaders

A selection of non-partisan resources that can assist elected representatives in defining their role and priorities.

Donate to Democracy

Donate to Democracy

Help us defend and strengthen Canada's democracy by donating to the Samara Centre today!


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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.




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