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Centre for Community Based Research vs. Community-Based Research Canada. Do you know the difference?

What’s in a Name?

Do you know the difference between the Centre for Community Based Research and Community-Based Research Canada? Did you even know there was a difference?

In fact, the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) and Community-Based Research Canada (CBRCanada) are each independent, non-profit organizations with complementary but distinctive roles in advancing community-based research in Canada.

  • CCBR is a social enterprise that was established in 1982 and has completed over 450 projects. CCBR conducts community-based research (collaborative applied research and evaluation projects) and promotes community-based research (customized training, coaching, courses, and community mobilizing) in communities across Canada and internationally. CCBR’s mission is to build more responsive and supportive communities, especially for those with limited power and opportunity.

  • CBRCanada was established in 2008 as a national membership-based network of community organizations, colleges, universities, research institutes, and community-based researchers. CBRCanada’s mission is to advance community-based research excellence in Canada and beyond by bridging capacities, facilitating connections, mobilizing knowledge and championing community-research contributing to equitable, just, and sustainable communities.

  • CCBR helped to launch CBRCanada and housed its Secretariat between 2017 and 2022. Today, both are separate organizations with distinct staff and Board of Directors. The organizations play separate roles with some overlaps.

CCBR and CBRCanada – together we advance community-based research in Canada.


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