Past Grants

Past Grants

The following is a list of Max Bell Foundation’s most recent completed grants grouped by program area.  A full, searchable list is being developed and will be available shortly.


C. D. Howe Institute
BC & Alberta School Performance Indicators and Rankings
$57,500 over 2 years

This two-year data analysis and communication project intended to help ensure that school accountability is improved, student achievement remains in the public eye, and that public acceptance of quality measures is bolstered in BC and Alberta.

School Grades: Identifying Alberta's Best Schools


The Fraser Institute
Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education
$100,000 over 18 months

This web site start-up project intended to encourage the consideration of alternative education delivery models for the benefit of Canadian Students.



The Learning Partnership
Welcome to Kindergarten – Evaluation Planning
$79,120 over one year

This one year, $147,264 project designed a methodologically rigorous evaluation of the Welcome to Kindergarten program that will inform both the ongoing delivery of the program, and public policies and practices related school readiness in Canada.


McGill University Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
A Dynamic Assessment of Early Intervention Model for Children with Developmental Delays
$237,000 over 3 years

The goal of this project was to create a blueprint for Service Provision for Early Intervention (EI) for Families and Children with Developmental Delays that policy makers across Canada can use to guide policy change.


University of British Columbia – Learning Exchange
Internship: The Outcomes of Community Service Learning
$25,200 over 6 months

The goal of this internship grant was to enable the Learning Exchange to lay the foundation for a detailed research proposal that will investigate the outcomes of Community Service Learning (CSL) for students as well as for community organizations and faculty members.




C.D. Howe Institute
Energy and Environment Series
$157,180 over two years

This two-year, $225,680 publication and communication project set out to inform policy makers and the engaged public about critical energy and environmental policy issues facing Canada.

The Ethanol Trap: Why Policies to Promote Ethanol as Fuel Need Rethinking

A Question of Parliamentary Power: Criminal Law and the Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Going Green for Less: Cost-Effective Alternative Energy Sources

Pricing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Impact on Canada’s Competitiveness

Canada’s Nuclear Crossroads: Steps to a Viable Nuclear Energy Industry

Quebec’s Green Future: The Lowest-Cost Route to Greenhouse Gas Reductions

A Clean Canada in a Dirty World: The Cost of Climate-Related Border Measures

The Price Isn’t Right: The Need for Reform in Consumer Electricity Pricing

Ontario's Green Energy "Fee": The Trouble with Taxation through Regulation



Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network
Internship: Update CEGN Grants Database
$26,480 over six months

The purpose of the project was to provide a current profile of the size and characteristics of the Canadian environmental grant making sector.  The Canadian Environmental Grants Database is a large and unique research effort that serves as the basis for CEGN’s efforts to identify the existing issues, needs, and priorities for environmental funding in Canada.  CEGN uses this data to inform discussion, debate, and action among grantmakers and others on the key environmental issues of the day.



Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network
CEGN 2009 Conference

CEGN works to develop an effective network of environmental grantmakers in Canada by facilitating information-sharing, collaboration, training and professional development, research, and communications. Our major activities include holding members' meetings, disseminating information to members on environmental and grantmaking issues, managing a website and members' discussion group, and undertaking research on environmental grantmaking in Canada.

The theme of the 2009 conference was Environment, Economy and Equity.  Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist with the Globe and Mail, was the keynote speaker.


Pembina Foundation
Expert Review of the Government of Alberta’s Draft Land-Use Framework
$36,618 over 1 year

This one-year review and communications project set out to help ensure robust and well considered provincial policy regarding land and water use in Alberta that balances the need to preserve ecosystems with pressures for development and economic growth.

Land-Use Framework Report Card:  A Check-list Based Evaluation of Alberta’s Draft Land-Use Framework

Making it Real:  Implementing Alberta’s Land-use Framework




Montreal Economic Institute
Sizing the Reserve Supply of Clinical Staff Time and Evaluation Idle Capacity in Hospitals
$40,000 over 6 months

This six-month research and communications project set out to produce two companion studies, both of which investigate and quantify the reserve supply of medical services.  One study assesses the reserve supply of clinical staff time for privately funded health care.  The other quantifies the amount of idle capacity that exists in Quebec hospitals by compiling utilization rates of operating rooms and other clinical facilities.  The project intended to inform debate over the feasibility of a mixed public-private health care system in Quebec and, by extension, in Canada.

An Overview Of Operating Room Use in Quebec Hospitals

The Availability of Nurses for Mixed Practice

Medical Specialists in Quebec:  How to Unlock the Reserve Supply


Montreal Economic Institute
Economic Note on Technological and Organizational Innovations in Health Care
$15,000 over 3 months

This project disseminated a briefing note on the ways in which entrepreneurial initiatives such as telemedicine, virtual clinics, and “phone-a-doc” services exemplify productive ways to work toward large health care reform.

Telemedicine: Improving the Health Care System Through Innovation


Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan:  Maximizing the Ripples
$100,000 over 2 years

This research, policy design, and communications project worked to align provincial policy with the new Registered Disability Savings Plan, and developed social finance mechanisms to extend the impact of the funds pooled under the Plan.