Frontier Centre for Public Policy

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Frontier Centre for Public Policy
FounderPeter Holle[1]
TypePublic Policy Think Tank
Headquarters203 – 2727 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Coordinates49°52′43″N 97°16′22″W / 49.8785°N 97.2728°W / 49.8785; -97.2728Coordinates: 49°52′43″N 97°16′22″W / 49.8785°N 97.2728°W / 49.8785; -97.2728
Peter Holle[2]
Wayne Anderson[2]
VP Research
Gerard A. Lucyshyn[2]

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP) is a Canadian public policy think tank with offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), FCPP is number 23 (of 30) of the "Top Think Tanks in Mexico and Canada".[3]

Political stance[edit]

The Frontier Centre is a non-partisan[1] think tank, founded to undertake research and education projects in support of economic growth and social outcomes that enhance quality of life.[4] Despite this, the group's views have been interpreted by some as classically liberal,[5] right-libertarian,[citation needed] or conservative.[6]

Regional Focus – The Centre concentrates on prairie policy issues at all levels of government. Other independent think tanks, like the CD Howe Institute or the Fraser Institute, produce important and useful research, but their attention is focused primarily on national concerns – not local issues in individual prairie provinces.

The Average Person is Our Audience – The Centre strives to popularize important but complicated concepts by writing in a short, topical format that translates them into entertaining reading for a mass audience. Longer, more detailed materials are available for the limited numbers who want to delve deeper into issues.

A Large Audience – Frontier has become a prominent source of new policy thinking on the Prairies and Canada. Our publications receive wide coverage through daily and weekly newspapers and reach an estimated 58 million people on a regular basis (2009). Its material has been profiled in national media as well as prestigious international newspapers. Our state of the art website receives millions of hits monthly.

Economics Focus – The Frontier Centre's work focuses on emerging economic trends. We do not address issues with a controversial moral or political dimension like same sex marriage, abortion, censorship, capital punishment or national unity.

Non-partisan and Independent – The Frontier Centre is non-partisan and non-ideological. Committed to our independence, we neither seek nor accept government funding. By this definition we are the only truly independent think tank on the prairies.

Intellectual Strength / People – Our advisory board includes both experienced public policy innovators and academic specialists.

The Local Government Performance Index[edit]

"The Local Government Performance Index (LGPI) aims to make data on the performance of Canada’s municipalities available in one, easily accessible location so that members of the public, media, and government can better understand how municipalities are performing in comparison to each other."[7] The hope of the LGPI is that this ease of access to data will help everyone involved in local government to identify best practices and areas for improvement in both actual performance and the way performance is reported on.


The Frontier Centre maintains its independence through having no government funding, a funding base that is diversified across industries and charities, and a "Firewall" between its board of directors which forbids any direct board involvement or influence in the centre's education efforts. Funding comes from private charitable foundations (63%), businesses (18%), individuals (18%), and by events (1%).[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Frontier Centre website's About page, "accessed September 8, 2014".
  2. ^ a b c Frontier Centre website's list of Board of Directors, "accessed September 8, 2014".
  3. ^ James G. McGann (Director) (February 4, 2015). "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. ^ a b 2012 Annual Report
  5. ^ "Frontier Centre for Public Policy". SourceWatch/Center for Media and Democracy. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^, accessed December 12, 2016.
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