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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: 2023-24 Contributions Program

Opportunity NameContributions Program
AgencyOffice of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
ValueUp to $50,000 per single project
(maximum $100,000 per recipient organization)
Indirect CostsEligible at 15%
Duration1 year (April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024)
Application due to FSc RO at for full review01-27-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review02-03-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review02-08-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 02-10-2023, by 11:59PM
  • Strengthen existing privacy research capacity in academic and not-for-profit sectors; 
  •  Generate new knowledge and support the development of expertise in selected areas of privacy and data protection; 
  •  Increase awareness and understanding among individuals and organizations across Canada of their privacy rights and obligations; and, 
  •  Promote uptake and application of research results by relevant stakeholders.

This year the OPC is particularly interested in funding one or more projects on the theme of “The future is now! Assessing and managing the privacy impacts of immersive and embeddable technologies” 

OPC is especially interested in receiving projects proposals addressing these questions:

  • To what extent do behavioural analysis, emotional AI and emotional analysis pose real or unique risks to privacy? 
  • What are the risks to privacy and cognitive freedom posed by advances in neurotechnology? 
  • What are the privacy risks of the metaverse? In particular what are the risks associated with the collection, use or sharing of personal data on the metaverse? 
  • How does the metaverse change the privacy landscape? Does it represent a new paradigm in the fight for privacy? 
  • How can immersive and embeddable technologies enable individuals to thrive while protecting their privacy? 
  • How can we ensure that everyone enjoys the vast benefits of these emerging technologies, especially vulnerable populations such as youth, while mitigating privacy risks? 
  • What emerging technologies are likely to advance rapidly in the medium to long term (5‑10 years) and what unique privacy challenges can they pose? How can regulators prepare for these challenges? 
  • How should privacy legislation and policies address the risks and challenges that arise from these technologies? 

Note: The OPC do not wish to limit the projects submitted to this theme only, and welcome research or public education proposals on other cutting-edge issues that advance the privacy protection of individuals in the private sector.  Applicants are encouraged to include an intersectional analysis in their projects, and to incorporate potential strategies to help reduce inequalities. 


Only not-for-profit organizations – including consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and industry & trade associations – are eligible for funding.

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at