Canadians believe in democracy...
But, trust in the way it works is fraying.
The Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative is a catalyst for creating a more resilient democratic culture across all communities in Canada.
The Centre is researching what is driving views of democracy and what is shaping our democratic culture for better or for worse.
We develop collaborations with institutions, practitioners, and citizens. We then evaluate the results of these collaborations to identify what works, when, and how to improve democracy.
Democracy is facing a period of volatility around the world. Canadians believe in democracy, but are losing faith in the system and those who lead it.
Canadians are committed to democracy but feel that the system is not working for them and that their frustration with the system stems from feeling unheard and unable to effect change.
Effort is needed to improve our democratic culture, in addition to improving systems and acts of government.
We approach improving democracy through citizens' everyday experiences of democratic culture and growing awareness of why these experiences matter.
What democratic values matter to you?
Are current levels of civic engagement a problem for democracy in Canada?
Not at all a problem
Somewhat of a problem
Honestly, I don't know
Very serious problem
Citizens + Institutions
The Four Foundations
Two and a half years of research has identified four foundations that need to be strong for our democratic culture in Canada to remain resilient.
The Five Principles
The five principles for democratic engagement provide a guide for designing and evaluating a range of democratic processes, from public participation in government decision-making, to civic education, local community action, and the ways we share and discuss information.