About Us - Our Policy Resources

Below are a few examples of the resources we offer to researchers and policymakers interested in consumer issues.

Contributions Program for Non-Profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations

Overseen and managed by the OCA, the program provides consumer and voluntary groups with the means to produce high quality and timely research on consumer issues affecting the Canadian marketplace. It allows consumer groups to develop policy advice that is both credible and useful to decision-makers. Two types of funding are available under the Program: Research Project Contributions and Development Project Contributions. Development Project Contributions are aimed at institution and capacity building for consumer and voluntary organizations and Research Project Contributions support sound research and analysis directed at consumer protection issues which are national in scope. For more information on the Contributions Program visit www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/h_ca00175.html.

Consumer Policy Research Database

The Database is a collection of Canadian research references on consumer-related topics. Its objective is to increase knowledge transfer across the consumer policy research community. To access the Consumer Policy Research Database, go to www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/h_ca02236.html.

Consumer Trends

The Consumer Trends Report provides an overview of economic and marketplace trends of relevance to consumer policy and identifies research gaps and opportunities for future work by the consumer affairs community. The OCA occasionally produces Consumer Trends Updates which are brief reports on research or policy developments related to themes explored in the Consumer Trends Report. These reports are available for download at www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/h_ca02216.html.

Consumer Research Post

The Consumer Research Post e-Bulletin provides timely and relevant research and consultation news for consumer affairs professionals in government, academe, business, and civil society. To view the current issue and for access to past issues, visit www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/h_ca02217.html.