About the CIC

Our Mandate

The mandate of the Canadian International Council (CIC) is to promote a deeper understanding of international affairs and of Canada’s role in a changing world by providing members with a non-partisan, nation-wide forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate.

By bringing together all interested parties – private sector, government, academia, NGO representatives, as well as the concerned public – to examine global issues through a distinctively Canadian lens, the CIC contributes a unique perspective on Canada’s place in the world.

About the CIC

For 75 years the CIC, formally known as the CIIA, has helped Canadians obtain a better understanding of foreign policy and global issues through an extensive programme of public education. As a non-profit, charitable organisation, the CIC is commited to building a foreign policy community and international affairs constituency from coast to coast.

CIC activities, publications and speakers programs help interested Canadians acquire the foreign policy and international affairs knowledge and understanding essential for individual, corporate, and national success in the world today. The Institute is the only private voluntary organisation in Canada concerned with the whole range of global issues and has established close relations with business, government, the media, universities, opinion leaders, and like-minded institutions throughout Canada and the world.

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See the World through Canadian Eyes

The mandate of the Canadian International Council is to promote a deeper understanding of international affairs and of Canada’s role in a changing world by providing members with a non-partisan, nation-wide forum for informed discussion, analysis and debate. By bringing together all interested parties – private sector, government, academia, NGO representatives, as well as the concerned public – to examine global issues through a distinctively Canadian lens, the CIC contributes a unique perspective on Canada’s place in the world.

Sources of Funding

The CIC is a non-profit organization, and the Toronto branch relies on programmes, membership and subscription fees for most of its revenues. More information on the CIC National Office’s sources of funding on the National Office’s Sponsors page.