The Commons Institute is founded on the premise that knowledge is a social good,
and that a failure to tackle the most pressing concerns of our time is a failure
of the imagination. We are dedicated to the exploration of social and legal issues
in need of debate, understanding or reform, and to advocacy regarding those issues.
We aim to do policy differently by actively engaging the public in policy development
as well as advocacy.
To fulfill its mandate, The Commons Institute divides its work into four distinct
Premised on the idea of the practice of law as a civic undertaking, we offer solutions
that empower legal professionals and connect them to citizens. Our suite of solutions
include ongoing legal education programs, which are a necessary element of the competency
of legal practitioners. Our commitment is to deliver innovative and practice-oriented
Issues related to Canada’s Aboriginal population continue to be among the most pressing
in contemporary Canada. At The Commons Institute, we put together engaging, thought-provoking
and policy promoting conferences that address Aboriginal issues, with a view to both
education and the fashioning of pathways for positive change. In addition, we work
with Aboriginal nations on capacity augmentation objectives, and undertake advocacy
regarding Aboriginal issues.
We deliver forums and programs that inform, challenge and collect. Our policy oriented
programs draw upon recognized expertise with a view to enabling policy promotion,
debate, exposure and reform. Our resulting policy prescriptions serve as the basis
for knowledge-infused advocacy.
Firmly premised on the conclusion that substantive interaction and fairly constructed
trade are feasible replacements to the foreign aid doctrine, The Commons Institute
pursues the development of capacity as well as market access in aid of international
development. Our goal is the use of human, social and physical capital in the facilitation
of new, mutually-beneficial trade linkages and commercial cross-pollination.