Canadian Studies in Latin America

Canadian Think Tanks and Organizations Studying and Commenting on Latin America

Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS):

The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) was founded in 1969 with the following purposes in mind:

  • To facilitate networking and information exchange among persons, in Canada and abroad, engaged in teaching and research on Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To foster especially within Canadian universities, colleges, and other centres of higher education, the expansion of information on and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
  • To represent the academic and professional interests of Canadian Latin Americanists.

The McLeod Group

The McLeod Group is part of a new voice for a rejuvenated Canadian role in the world. Where Canada once led, today we follow. We are timid where daring and courage once prevailed; calculating where generosity was once our watchword. These are not recent problems, and they are not irreversible. The McLeod Group is made up of professionals with many years of experience in government, civil society and academia, working across the fields of international development, diplomacy and foreign policy. We meet on a regular basis to formulate positions on some of the most pressing challenges facing this generation of Canadians and those to come – urgent challenges that are global in nature.

Canadian Council for International Cooperation

CCIC is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

Americas Policy Group

The Americas Policy Group (APG) is a Canadian civil society policy group focused on development and social justice issues in the Americas. It brings together approximately 40 international development and humanitarian NGOs, human rights groups, labour unions, research institutions, church and solidarity groups.

Mining Watch Canada

Changing public policy and mining practices to ensure the health of individuals, communities, and ecosystems in Canada and around the world.

Canadian Council For The Americas (CCA)

CCA is Canada’s premier forum for discussion of the political and economic issues in the hemisphere that are critical to Canada, and particularly Canadian trade and investment. Through our symposia and meetings, we promote Canadian thinking on the critical issues and engagement with business and political leaders throughout the region. We are non-partisan and member-based.

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Towards respect of human rights, in particular of the freedom to change employer and place of residence, to unionize, and to access citizenship, for all (im)migrant workers under temporary work authorization or other precarious status

Migrant Workers Rights (MWR)

Online Database: Working for the abolition of legalized migrant enslavement through information sharing. Towards respect of human rights, in particular of the freedom to change employer and place of residence, to unionize, and to access citizenship, for all (im)migrant workers under temporary work authorization or other precarious status.

Migrant Worker Canada (MWC)

An independent and not-for-profit site providing helpful tools and information for temporary foreign workers in or coming to Canada, aimed at improving their awareness about their rights.  Provides information in different languages on various types of rights, important contacts, and province-specific information for workers. 

North-South Institute (NSI)

Founded in 1976, The North-South Institute (NSI) is a policy research institution specializing in international development. The objectives of the institute are as follows:

1) To promote a greater understanding of the problems and opportunities in the field of international development through high quality and policy-relevant research;

2) To encourage collaborative research for development that will promote international discussion, policy and action;

3) To provide a non-governmental space where views on international development can be exchanged;

4) And to offer an independent and nonpartisan voice that can direct attention to important current and expected issues in international development.

Canadian International Council (CIC)

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada’s foreign relations council. It is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada’s role in international affairs. The CIC reflects the ideas and interests of a broad constituency of Canadians who believe that a country’s foreign policy is not an esoteric concern of experts but directly affects the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC uses its deep historical roots, its cross-country network, and its active research program to advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC’s digital media platform,, is Canada’s hub for international affairs. The CIC’s research program is managed by the national office in Toronto. Its 16 branches across Canada offer CIC members speakers’ programs, study groups, conferences, and seminars. 

Government Agencies

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority: In 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced that reviving and expanding Canadian political and economic engagement in the Americas is a major foreign policy goal. Canada is a country of the Americas and as such we place great value in Canada’s relationships with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Canada's engagement in the hemisphere has never been stronger, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to play a bigger role in the Americas and to do so for the long term.

International Development Research Centre

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems. We encourage and support researchers and innovators in those countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. Our goal is to find ways to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment. 



Latin American Encounters 

The journal's main purpose is to explore the formation of Latin American-Canadian subjectivities and build the foundations for a systematic understanding of the social, economic, political and demographic context of their experiences. LAE provides an interdisciplinary space for groups and individuals who are interested in the production and dissemination of knowledge that questions hierarchical relations at the local, national and global levels.


El propósito principal de nuestra publicación es explorar la formación de subjetividades latinoamericanas y cimentar el entendimiento sistemático del contexto social, económico, político y el contexto demográfico se sus experiencias. LAE provee un espacio interdisciplinario para aquellos grupos e individuos que estén interesados en la producción y difusión del conocimiento que cuestione las relaciones jerárquicas a nivel local, nacional y global.


Canadian Journal of Latin American Studies

The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies is published biannually for the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  CJLACS is a multi disciplinary, refereed journal.  Articles are accepted in four languages -- English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.