Contributions Program for Non-Profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations

The Contributions Program for Non-profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations was established by the Office of Consumer Affairs in order to support such organizations in the production of high quality, independent and timely research on consumer issues.

Program Goal

The overall goal of the Program is to strengthen the consumer's role in the marketplace through the promotion of sound research and analysis, and by encouraging the financial self-sufficiency of consumer (and voluntary) organizations.


Eligible recipients will be voluntary organizations that are incorporated as non-profit corporations in Canada and which can demonstrate that they:

  • have a governance structure which assures accountability to a membership representing the consumer interest,
  • have the structure, governance and funding arrangements which do not expose them to commercial influence on their research and policy positions,
  • are capable of reaching consumers who are not members of the organization itself,
  • are competent, credible, and accountable in carrying out the projects, and
  • are guided by objectives which are consistent with the program objective.

For more information on the eligibility criteria, please visit the Applicant's Guide.

Application Process (OPEN)

For the 2016–17 call for proposals, applicants have until noon Pacific Time, February 16, 2016 to submit their proposals.

Topics of interest:

For 2016–17, research proposals are welcomed on topics of interest such as:

  • consumers as drivers of innovation;
  • issues related to consumers and digital policy, electronic commerce and access to the Internet;
  • the consumer interest in the evolving marketplace (e.g. growth of the sharing economy, consumer considerations with respect to business use of big data);
  • issues related to sustainable and responsible consumption;
  • consumers and the financial sector;
  • consumers and emerging trends in the communications sector.

In addition, eligible organizations may submit proposals on any other relevant consumer issue that they can demonstrate is of importance.

Communications and Privacy Toolkits for Recipient Organizations

Consumer Policy Research Database

To view other research projects which received funding under the Contributions Program, please visit the Consumer Policy Research Database.

Service Standards

The Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) is committed to providing quality service to all applicants and funding recipients. For more information, please consult our service standards.