The Samara Centre for Democracy

SAM's findings

SAMbot's findings: September 20, 2021

Online toxicity is a barrier to political participation and civic engagement. SAM provides insights on the extent of the problem on the digital campaign trail.

Message from Sabreena

Blog: A Consequential Moment

As Canadians are called to make decisions of enormous and lasting consequence in the times ahead, our Executive Director shares a special message.

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

Event: Confronting Online Harm

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

Digital Opportunities

Resource: Digital Opportunities

A guide to using digital tools for constructive, two-way conversations during the pandemic and beyond.



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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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Democracy Monitor




Democracy Monitor: 
As political leaders and institutions around the world continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, our latest research series explores the state of democracy in a state of emergency.







Real House Lives: 
Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former Members of Parliament to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.




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Real House Lives: 
Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former Members of Parliament to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.




Elizabeth Dowdeswell




"The Samara Centre has an impressive track record of strengthening public knowledge about governance while fostering citizen engagement. Samara's community of experts can help us envision a better future in which our cherished democracy can flourish as never before." — The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario