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Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.

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The Canada Institute was founded in 2001 to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders. The Institute currently stands as the only nonpartisan public policy forum in Washington, D.C., the United States—and even Canada—dedicated exclusively to exploring emerging policy issues in one of the most successful and unique bilateral relationships in the world.

The Canada Institute’s programming strives to foster new thinking among government officials, academics, industry, and other key stakeholders in three core areas

  1. Border security
  2. Trade; and 
  3. Energy and the environment 

Additionally, the Canada Institute organizes private briefings for policymakers, business executives, and academic groups, while releasing publications that bring to the fore positive and critical views of important bilateral issues.

The Canada Institute is committed to building and strengthening the Canada-U.S. relationship by advancing dialogue and the free flow of ideas on key bilateral issues to help policymakers make more informed policy decisions when addressing shared economic, environmental, and security challenges.

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About the Wilson Center's Canada Institute

The Canada Institute is committed to building and strengthening the Canada-U.S. relationship by advancing dialogue and the free flow of ideas on key bilateral issues to help policymakers make more informed policy decisions when addressing shared economic, environmental, and security challenges.

The Canada Institute provides a critical venue for policymakers, thought leaders, and key industry and civil society stakeholders to discuss new ways of strengthening U.S.-Canada relations. This fact-based, nonpartisan exchange of ideas equips policymakers to jointly and effectively address emerging challenges and opportunities within the world's largest economic relationship.

— Congressman Bill Owens (D-NY), Former Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus