FAQ For Media
Below we have listed some commonly asked questions about the work of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and answers we hope are helpful. If you have any further questions, please contact Jenn Hofer, Office Administrator, at 1-204-957-1567.
Who are the people behind FCPP?
Please visit our "About FCPP" section at fcpp.org for a complete list of our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Board of Research Advisors, Research Fellows, and Staff.
How long has FCPP been in operation?
FCPP was established in Winnipeg in 1997. It received charitable status in 1999.
How is FCPP funded?
FCPP is a federally incorporated, non-profit, non-partisan organization with charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency. We are financed by contributions from individuals, foundations, businesses and other organizations, as well as by the sales of our materials.
How do we describe FCPP?
In common with many other Canadian public policy think tanks, like the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the C. D. Howe Institute, the Montreal Economic Institute and the Canada West Foundation, FCPP exists to promote informed debate on public policy. We are a registered charity for educational purposes and our status is therefore regulated by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency, which oversees the activities of charities in this country. Such Centres are not "lobby groups", because we do not lobby governments to pursue one course of action over another. FCPP is not "business-funded": the bulk of our funding comes from charitable foundations that support public policy work in Canada. We strive to diversify our funding base as much as possible in order to ensure that we are not answerable or beholden to any particular industry, interest or individual. Because we seek to comment objectively on government policy, we do not accept any funding from government. In fact, FCPP is the only Prairie-based think tank which declines all government funding.
The independence, objectivity and integrity of our research effort is guaranteed by our Expert Advisory Panel, which includes prominent, and reputable academics and policy thinkers from around the country and the world. The Centre has a formal policy, embodied in resolutions of its Board of Directors, that forbids any involvement or influence by the Board in the Centre's research efforts. FCPP does not subscribe to any political ideology; the Centre has published papers that praise some government policies and criticize others, just as it has hosted speakers from across the political spectrum. That list includes former Saskatchewan Finance Minister Janice MacKinnon, former Premiers Mike Harris and Frank McKenna, the Democratic former Mayor John Norquist of Milwaukee, former Finance Minister Paul Martin and federal Opposition Leader Stephen Harper. We have hosted independent and non-partisan experts such as Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief economic advisor Andrei Illarionov, Nobel Laureate James Buchanan, Stockholm health reform advisor Johan Hjertqvist and Stefan Fantauzzo, president of America's most dynamic local union of public employees. The Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Board of Research Advisors and staff and officers of the Centre include people of a wide variety of political persuasions.
Taking all these facts into account, the correct way to describe FCPP is as a privately-funded independent economic and social policy think-tank. The Centre is not right-wing, left-wing, free-market, interventionist, conservative, neo-conservative, liberal or neo-liberal, nor is it a lobby group.
How can I get material from FCPP?
FCPP makes all of its finished research material, commentary and publications available on-line at no charge. If you wish to receive printed versions, we will bill you cost-recovery and shipping charges.
How do I get media accreditation to FCPP events and/or book interviews?
Please contact our Director of Administration for media accreditation and interview requests.
How do I keep updated on FCPP activities?
You can subscribe to our e-mail newsletter by clicking here. We will automatically send you information on our latest work and upcoming events.
How do I get FCPP media releases or get taken off FCPP media distribution list?
Send an email to email@example.com with your request and you will be added or deleted from our media distribution list.
Where is FCPP located?
The head office for the FCPP is located at 203 - 2727 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. This is in the Courts of St. James Shopping Centre on west Portage Avenue.
FCPP Office Administrator
Phone: 204 957-1567
Fax: 204 957-1570