The Samara Centre for Democracy

Investing in Civic Literacy

Investing in Canadians' Civic Literacy

What civic literacy is, why it matters, and how we can foster a more civically literate public.

Improving Political Representation

Improving Political Representation

Notes on the Beyond Numbers: Comparing Mechanisms for Substantive Representation of Ethnic Minorities and Indigenous Peoples conference.

The Real House Lives

The Real House Lives

The third report based on our second round of exit interviews with former MPs.

2018 MP Survey

The 2018 Member of Parliament Survey

Discover MPs' personal evaluations of the House of Commons and options for reform.


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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