The Samara Centre for Democracy

Digital Contact Tracing

Digital Contact Tracing

Our latest Democracy Monitor finds that governance of such apps has been almost totally neglected, and could be an area where Canada leads.

2019 In Review

The Samara Centre's 2019 In Review

We invite you to read about our work last year, and hope it inspires you to support a stronger and more inclusive democracy.

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.

Adapting to COVID-19

VIDEO: How provincial and territorial legislatures are adapting to COVID-19

Watch a virtual discussion featuring the Samara Centre's Paul Thomas, MLA Julie Green, professor JP Lewis, and reporter Sabrina Nanji.

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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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Summer Parliament op-ed


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Our latest book uses the stories and experiences of former MPs
 to put forward a vision of democratic representation that is independent, thoughtful, engaged, and empowered.


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Rick Mercer