Canada’s World

Canada’s World was a non-partisan initiative housed at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and designed to articulate a new vision for Canada’s role in the world. The project was the most comprehensive citizen’s consultation on Canadian foreign policy in history, engaging more than 10,000 Canadians in-person and 200,000 Canadians on-line. It was implemented in collaboration with 15 post-secondary institutions and 40 non-profit organizations.

Between the years of 2007 and 2010, Canada’s World traveled across the country hosting deliberative citizens’ dialogue sessions and events on the new realities facing Canada in the international arena.

Canada’s World

Canada’s World is a three-year citizens’ dialogue focused on advancing a new vision for Canadian international policy. Canada’s World is not an organization, but a collaborative non-partisan, non-ideological initiative of Canada’s leading scholars, business, diaspora, ethnocultural and civil society leaders, youth, retired diplomats and senior public servants who are active in international programming, research, education and public policy development.

The aim of Canada’s World is to engage Canadians in creating a new narrative for Canadian international policy. Unlike traditional policy reviews and consultations led by government, this initiative is funded by individuals, businesses, international organizations and foundations who wish to enhance Canada’s international reputation and who seek to inspire citizens to articulate and advance a new international policy for Canada – a policy that builds on Canadian interests, values and assets; demonstrates a strong understanding of the complexities of international relations; acknowledges the multiplicity of actors involved in international policy; addresses some of the key global challenges; reflects the diversity of Canadian society and, is future-oriented, compelling and effective.

Why do we need a citizen’s dialogue on Canada’s international policy?
  1. The gap between perception and reality of Canada’s place in the world is growing
  2. There is a need to increase the number of Canadians
    who think and care about international policy
  3. Discussions about international policy are becoming increasingly polarized
  4. There are competing visions about Canada’s role in the world
    that deserve careful consideration
  5. Our perception of ourselves as a nation are evolving
  6. The nature of government decision-making is changing

Canada’s World Overview
Defining Canada’s International Policy
A Citizen’s Dialogue – PDF

Canada’s World Survey 2018

How do Canadians as individuals relate to the broader world? What do they see as the top global issues? How do they view Canada’s role in world affairs, and what do they think it could be? Today, the Environics Institute for Survey Research, the Canadian International Council, Simon Fraser University Public Square and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary Research released a report on a national survey that examines how Canadians see their place in the world and that of their country.

In “Canada’s World Survey 2018”, authors follow up to the ground-breaking, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Canada’s World Survey 2008 with research based on a national public opinion survey conducted by telephone with a representative sample of 1,501 Canadians (18 years and older), between October 23 and November 26, 2017. The results from a survey of this size drawn from the population would be expected to provide results accurate to within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples (the margin of sampling error will be larger for specific subgroups of the population).

The report’s key insights include:

  • Canadians increasingly define their country’s place in the world as one that welcomes people from elsewhere.
  • Canadians’ views on global issues and Canada’s role in the world have remained notably stable over the past decade.
  • Young Canadians’ views and perspectives on many aspects of world affairs have converged with those of older cohorts, but their opinions on Canada’s role on the world stage have become more distinct when it comes to promoting diversity.
  • Foreign-born Canadians have grown more engaged and connected to world affairs than native-born Canadians, and are more likely to see Canada playing an influential role on the global stage.
  • Education is a defining factor in how engaged Canadians are with the world, and in their views of Canada’s position in addressing global issues.
  • Education is a defining factor in how engaged Canadians are with the world, and in their views of Canada’s position in addressing global issues.

    Canada’s World Survey 2018
    Canadian International Council

Canada’s World Survey 2018 Final Report – PDF
Contributors to Canada’s World