List of advocacy groups in Canada

The List of advocacy groups in Canada includes groups engaged in advocating for a common political, economic, or social interest.


According to the government of Canada, social advocacy groups "comprises establishments primarily engaged in promoting a particular social or political cause intended to benefit a broad or specific constituency." Some advocacy organizations "solicit contributions or sell memberships to support their activities."[1]

Types of advocacy groupsEdit

The government of Canada subdivides advocacy groups into "accident prevention associations, advocacy groups, animal rights organizations, antipoverty advocacy organizations, associations for retired persons, advocacy civil liberties groups, community action advocacy groups, conservation advocacy groups, drug abuse prevention advocacy organizations, environmental advocacy groups, humane society (advocacy group), natural resource prevention organizations, neighborhood development advocacy groups, peace advocacy groups, public interest groups (e.g., environment conservation, human rights, wildlife), social Service advocacy organizations, taxpayers advocacy organizations, and tenant advocacy associations."[1] Advocacy groups are further divided into micro (1-4), small (5-99), medium (100-499) and large (500+).[1]

In Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, the federal government adopted recommendations of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities, which affirmed that charitable organizations can engage in public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA or P2D2A) that support their charitable purposes.[2][3] As a result, the Income Tax Act (ITA) was revised to change the "long-standing requirement that charities must be constituted and operated exclusively for charitable purposes." The changes to the ITA now allow charitable organizations in Canada to engage in advocacy in support of its stated charitable purpose(s) but they are not allowed to engage in advocacy for a "political purpose."[2]

Advocacy groupsEdit













  • National Action Committee on the Status of Women abortion rights,
  • National Citizens Coalition (NCC) is a Canadian conservative lobby group, founded in 1967, that has "promoted freedom" for fifty years. The Coalition supports smaller government, cuts to social spending, abolition of medicare, extra-billing by doctors, lower taxes for the wealthy and is against public sector unions.[15][16]: 197–206  The Coalition was successful in persuading Justice Medhurst of the Alberta Supreme Court to strike down the 1983 federal restrictions on non-party campaign expenditures as an interference with freedom of expression. The NCC spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Conservatives win the 1984 federal election, the first Conservative government in 30 years.[17]: 129 
  • National Council of Canadian Muslims civil rights
  • NATO Association of Canada political












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  15. ^ "50 Years of Promoting Freedom". National Citizens Coalition. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Dobbin, Murray (October 1, 1998). The myth of the good corporate citizen: Democracy under the rule of big business (First ed.). Toronto and New York: Stoddart Publications. ISBN 978-0-7737-3087-8..
  17. ^ Gertler, Meric S. (April 1991). New Era of Global Competition: State Policy and Market Power. McGill-Queen's Press (MQUP). ISBN 978-0-7735-0817-0.
  18. ^ a b Keller, James (January 20, 2020). "Progress Alberta, a group targeted by Jason Kenney, threatens legal action over public inquiry". The Globe and Mail. Calgary. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "About Us". Progress Alberta. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  20. ^ Graney, Emma (December 28, 2018). "UCP files complaint against left-leaning third-party advertiser". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  21. ^ "Progress Alberta, new progressive advocacy group, will make waves … and not just with opponents". Rabble. January 6, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2020.