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About the Canada Institute

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-US 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.



Since 2001, the Wilson Center's Canada Institute has been the largest and most respected policy research institute on Canadian affairs outside Canada. Its mission is to raise the baseline level of knowledge of Canada among policymakers and policy influencers in the United States, to foster intellectual engagement between leading scholars in Canada and the United States, and to serve as a resource on Canada for an international audience through partnership with Wilson scholars and fellows. We frequently partner with Canadian institutions and scholars to bring their best thinking to the attention of American and Washington, DC audiences.

Canada Institute research focuses in four areas:

  • Trends and developments in Canada
  • US-Canadian relations
  • North American regional issues
  • Canada's global role particularly as it intersects with US interests

A small research staff is supported by university student interns, affiliated Global Fellows who bring experience and subject matter expertise to our work, a Research Council that provides peer review and trendspotting guidance, and an Advisory Board that generously gives financial support, valuable experience, and access to a vast network of thinkers and doers that illuminate the past, present, and future of Canada as a vital neighbor, ally, partner, and friend of the United States.