Opening Up Canadian Federalism the European Way


In the spring of 2014 the University of Victoria (UVic) European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the Department of Political Science ran a series of six workshops across Canada to disseminate and discuss the findings of a three year research project comparing Canadian and European Union (EU) approaches to governing social policy.

The workshops provided an opportunity to have a pan-Canadian, practical conversation on the state of social policy in Canada today. Bringing together researchers who have studied social policy in both Canada and the EU with Canadian policy practitioners, the workshops looked at different areas of social policy:

  • social inclusion/poverty/homelessness;
  • research and postsecondary education;
  • employment policy and pensions and
  • health care.

The workshops provided an opportunity for Canadians from coast to coast to gain a greater understanding of how social policy is currently coordinated between the federal government and provinces and territories across Canada, and the degree to which non-government organizations (NGOs) are engaged. They also enhanced awareness of how the EU works and EU characteristics as an emerging federation, and stimulated thinking about whether EU ideas might inspire policy learning to improve social policy coordination in Canada. This site provides information on what was heard at the workshops.

This knowledge mobilization activity was funded through a EUCE grant provided by the European Commission to the University of Victoria, and support from the Canada-EU Transatlantic Dialogue (with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Click here to view details on the workshops.