Advocacy & Policy

Research Websites and Newsletters

Research Websites and Newsletters Subject Areas

Aboriginal, First Nations, Métis & Inuit Women

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Research and policy information reports and links on topics and issues concerning Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) women including Sisters in Spirit.


As the national voice of Inuit women, Pauktuutit advocates through research publications and projects on topics including residential schooling, abuse, economic development, early childhood development, and sexual health (HIV/AIDS).


Childcare Resources and Research Unit

A link to publications from CRRU, a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

Economic Policy and Impacts

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Independent, non-partisan institute researching social, economic, and environmental justice issues. CCPA Senior Researcher Armine Yalnizyan identified the Growing Gap caused by neo-liberal economic policies.


Gender and Climate Change

Platform for information, knowledge, and networking on gender and climate change.


The Canadian Institute of Wellbeing

Reports on quality of life of Canadians, and promotes a dialogue on how to improve it through evidence-based policies that are responsive to the needs and values of Canadians.


Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund

Research and analysis on equality rights in policy areas such as social benefits, criminal justice, reproductive rights, and violence against women.


Campaign 2000

Campaign 2000 works to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child/family poverty by publishing research on the indicators of child poverty and developing public education resources.

National Council of Welfare (NCW)

An arm's length advisory body to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Provides research on the National Anti-Poverty Strategy, welfare incomes, poverty and First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and youth.

Poverty Profiles

National Council of Welfare, 1998-2007

Link to Poverty Profile publications from the National Council of Welfare. Includes information on poverty trends in Canada by family type and province, as well as on children living in poverty.

Poverty Reduction Policies and Programs: Social Development Report Series

CCSD, Katherine Scott, 2009

Current federal, provincial, and territorial approaches to poverty reduction, alleviation and eradication and critical issues moving forward.

Public Policy

Reports Canada

Reports Canada tracks government and non-government public policy reports from Canadian institutions. Categorized by date, location and subject.

Social Policy

Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)

Bilingual non-profit social policy and research organization focusing on poverty, social inclusion, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, employment and housing.

Canadian Social Research Links

Free weekly e-newsletter compiling articles on social issues and research in Canada and U.S. Focus on poverty, violence, economic security and Aboriginal issues.

Open Policy Ontario

Social policy and anti-poverty research publications including work on income security, WITB, social assistance reform and poverty in recessions from John Stapleton.

Violence Against Women

Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Girls

Community-centred action research on violence against women and children in the areas of Healthy relationships, the impact of violence on health and well being and gender inequality.

The UN Secretary-General’s database on violence against women

Extensive database of reports and good practices by country, type of measure, form of violence, year, and keyword.

Women and Leadership

Canadian Women Voters Congress

Holds workshops and other events to educate women about politics and leadership skills. Has the longest-running non-partisan Women’s Campaign School in Canada, which has run yearly in Vancouver, BC since 1999.

Dancing with the Octopus

A multi-media project that takes a non-partisan look at the systemic exclusion of women in politics in Canada and abroad by documentary filmmaker, Sandy Mayzell.

Election Toolkit for Women - The Candidate’s Guide to Municipal Elections

Federation of Canadian Municipalities, June 2009

Gives women considering running for municipal office an understanding of the job, as well as provide tips and strategies for running a campaign. Includes additional resources and province-specific legislation and information.

Equal Voice

A national organization with Chapters across Canada, Equal Voice promotes the election of more women to all levels of Government by offering programs and events to women of all ages.

Getting to the Gate

Free online campaign school developed by Equal Voice with practical tools for women of all ages and backgrounds interested in running for public office. The Deep Roots, Strong Wings initiative provides resources for Aboriginal women seeking leadership roles. A Train the Trainer course provides women with the information and tools required to organize their own campaign school.

Inter-Parliamentary Union

Tracks the progress of women in electoral politics world wide.