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Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration


The Failing State: Is it the Politics or the Process?

Join IOG on October 16th to hear Rachel Curran and Don Lenihan debate whether a new generation of engagement tools – ones better suited to the changing environment – can succeed in uniting Canadians on issues such as climate change or pipelines, in a way that conventional consultation and debate do not. Deputy Mayor of Ottawa, Matthew Luloff will moderate the debate.

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The Initiative

Civil society's impact on governance and social cohesion is being felt in Canada and around the world. The rise of populism, a declining trust in governments, the changing role of (and trust in) media as a neutral, fact-based intermediary, and the impact of technologies on both organizational form and engagement (within and across sectors), all tell us that the role of civil society in Canada is evolving.

Civil society is a reflection, and voice, of society’s wants, needs, priority issues and concerns. In a diverse society like Canada, civil society elements reflect our culture (e.g. French/English) and include NGO’s, faith-based organizations, immigrant groups, and Indigenous Peoples. Civil society has the ability to both disrupt and bring together. Citizens also tend to have more trust in civil society than they do in governments.

Governments need insight into the changing roles and views on the impact of civil society so they can respond with policies and programs.

Read our research paper on the series titled Rebuilding Cohesion and Trust: Why Government Needs Civil Society.

This Initiative Included Four Dialogue Events

 Watch the live-streams of each session by clicking the links below:

  • Advocacy and Policy Advice Re-Considered – April 25th, 2019


Laura Edgar, Vice President, Board and Organizational Governance
e - ledgar@iog.ca
p - 613-562-0090