Caledon Institute of Social Policy

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Caledon Institute of Social Policy
Formation 1992
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 1354 Wellington Street, 3rd Floor
  • Ottawa, ON K1Y 3C3
Ken Battle

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy, also Caledon Institute, is a private Canadian think tank focused on social policy. It was founded in 1992.

It is primarily funded by the Maytree Foundation.

The Caledon Institute has some public visibility and garners media attention through coverage of its publications and through op eds and letters to the editor. However, its influence on public policy stems more from its significant role behind the scenes, as is evident by frequent contact with government departments relative to more visible Canadian think tanks.


Caledon does not depend on government funding and is not affiliated with any political party. It welcomes charitable donations and occasionally undertakes contract projects for governments and nongovernmental organizations on the basis that such work advances Caledon’s research agenda, but does not define it.

The Institute does rigorous, high-quality research and analysis. It seeks to inform and influence public opinion and to foster public discussion on poverty and social policy. It develops and promotes concrete, practicable proposals for the reform of social programs at all levels of government and of social benefits provided by employers and the voluntary sector.[1]

Research Areas[edit]

Caledon’s work covers a broad range of social policy areas including income security (e.g., pensions, welfare, child benefits, Employment Insurance, benefits for Canadians with disabilities), community capacity-building, taxation, social spending, employment development services, social services, disability supports and health. While Caledon focuses on Canadian issues, it draws upon international experience and innovations in social policy. Caledon also seeks to inform social policy experts and policy makers in other countries on issues and developments in Canadian social policy.

The Caledon Institute produces brief commentaries and both popular and technical reports and books. It contributes articles to the op ed pages of major newspapers, to journals and to books. In addition to work done by staff and consultants, Caledon publishes papers and commentaries written by other leading thinkers in the fields of social and economic policy.[2]


Caledon’s work has been recognized by several awards to the organization and members of its staff and board: the 2000 Policy Research Initiative’s Canadian Policy Research Award (Knowledge Broker), the 2004 Arthur Kroeger College Award for Public Affairs (Public Discourse) and the 2009 Parks and Recreation Ontario President’s Award of Distinction. In 2000, Caledon’s President, Ken Battle, was awarded the Order of Canada for his work on the National Child Benefit and on social policy reform in Canada. In 2001, Alan Broadbent, the chairperson of the Caledon Institute’s board, was named to the Order of Canada. In 2010, Caledon Vice-President Sherri Torjman was named to the Top 25 Canadians Award by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.[3]

Caledon Papers[edit]

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Caledon Books[edit]

  • Minimum Wages in Canada: A Statistical Portrait with Policy Implications, 2003, ISBN 1-55382-035-5

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