Vision and Mission



We see a diverse public engaged in thoughtful and informed public policy discourse advancing the cause of a progressive and democratic society. 

Mission statement

Our mission is to energize and inform progressive public policy education, ideas and debates in Canada and abroad. Our goals for the Institute are to:

  • attract international, national and local thought leaders from the public, private and third sector to contribute to these debates.
  • be part of a broad national and international network of forward-looking institutions and associations concerned about matters of progressive public policy.
  • be a welcoming, collaborative and non-partisan physical and virtual network.
  • engage creatively with communities and technologies to maximize access.
  • employ a rich, diverse and international perspective, which will include interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.
  • use our resources efficiently, transparently and with integrity, with an eye to maximizing the Institute's impact and establishing and growing its reputation as a leading international centre for public policy research, debate and education.
  • communicate our findings regularly and in accessible formats and fora.
  • excite, engage and support young people, and in so doing help ready the next generation of policy-makers.

The Institute recognizes and actively supports the concept of academic freedom.