Community-Based Research Canada (CBRC) emerged in 2008 as a coalition. In 2016, CBRC became a national non-profit organization. Our mission is to be a national champion and facilitator for community-based research (CBR) and campus-community engagement in Canada. We envision vibrant Canadian communities enabled by community-based research. We believe that community-based research can create socio-cultural, economic and environmental benefit for Canadians and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

CBRC brings together key players of community-campus partnerships. Our network builds capacity for academia and broader communities to collaborate and use research as a tool to mobilize community participation and action.

We connect to Canadian networks such as the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, Research Impact, and Community Campus Partnerships for Health as well as global networks such as the Living Knowledge Network in Europe, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in the United Kingdom, the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research and the Global University Network for Innovation.

For 10 years, CBRC has focused on leading and supporting research, developing policy papers, convening annual community-based research gatherings, supporting five C2UExpos and developing a national and globally connected community of CBR and community-campus engagement leaders. We also supported the development of the UNESCO Chair in Social Responsibility in CBR and Higher Educations held between Canada and India.

Community Based Research Canada is committed to reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples and believes that participatory research is one of many mechanisms through which reconciliation can be achieved. Community Based Research Canada supports research that is conducted by and with Indigenous communities on their priority issues, using community developed and/or approved research approaches, amplifying the voice and choice of Indigenous peoples throughout the research process and resulting in meaningful outcomes ultimately leading to social change.

To learn about our current priorities, see our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.

How to Get Involved

  • Become a member! You can sign up as an organization or individual. For more information visit our Members page or email
  • Subscribe to our E-News below for national news and profiles of CBR initiatives.
  • Attend the next C2UExpo! This bi-annual conference showcases best practices in community-university partnerships worldwide and builds collaborations on key issues.
  • Share your vision for the CBRC and the Canadian university-engagement and research movement. Submit your ideas to