Government of Canada announces winning bid to create new independent climate institute

News release

April 9, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian experts are leading the way in clean growth and climate change research. Their expertise is a source of clean-growth solutions for Canada and the world and can help all of us mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the winning bid to create the new and independent climate institute, by the Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration. The Collaboration represents more than 15 diverse and reputable organizations across Canada, which will establish an independent, policy-oriented, not-for-profit national institute focused on clean growth and climate change.

The Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration (expected to begin operations this spring) will create a new institute to generate, communicate, and mobilize trusted information, policy advice, and best practices for Canadians, governments, and stakeholders. It will be supported by highly credible and inclusive research, analysis, and engagement with leaders, experts, and practitioners from across Canada.

As of this year, the Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration will be eligible to receive up to $20 million over five years to implement its vision for the institute.

Environment and Climate Change Canada received proposals from many strong candidates. The department would like to thank all applicants who submitted an application under the Expert Engagement Initiative.


“Our government values decision-making based on sound science and facts. This institute will provide informed advice to decision makers and will identify best practices to ensure future actions are informed by evidence. Canadians across the country—from businesses, youth, governments, and so many more groups—will benefit from the work of this new institute.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“The institute will connect policy-makers across Canada to the country’s foremost experts on climate change and clean growth. It will provide practical, effective policy advice for governments as we wrestle with some of the most important and complex challenges facing our country.”
– Kathy Bardswick, Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration

Quick facts

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada conducted a rigorous assessment to evaluate all complete and eligible proposals based on parameters outlined in the publicly available applicant guide. While the institute is a stand-alone organization, it will work closely with 15 partners to achieve its objectives.

  • Funding of up to $20 million over five years for the institute was announced in Budget 2018.

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Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Kathy Bardswick
Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration

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