Max Bell Foundation is the living expression of its founder’s aspiration to improve Canadian society.


We seek better educational, health, and environmental outcomes for Canadians. We pursue these goals by supporting innovative projects that inform public policy change.


We support civic engagement and resilient democratic institutions. We are non-partisan.


We value inclusion and the application of reason to evidence.

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Program Areas

Civic Engagement and Democratic Institutions

We believe better public policy results when governments and civil society engage with each other to develop innovative solutions to pressing public problems. The success of that kind of engagement depends on a well informed civil society with the capacity and motivation to engage, through inclusive processes, with open and resilient democratic institutions.

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