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    Who We Are


    Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, measuring and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship and choice on their well-being.

    What does this mission mean to you? It means:

    • Measurement is the foundation for all our work. Careful, accurate, rigorous measurement. “If it matters, measure it” is a slogan you will see around our office. Things that are measured can be talked about. Things that are talked about in the public arena eventually become part of the climate of opinion. That is how measurement can change the climate of opinion.
    • A rigorous research methodology that lays out clearly how we arrive at specific conclusions. The Fraser Institute promotes transparency in research – in other words, our methodology is open and clearly explained, and others can replicate our conclusions. In addition, the source of our data is always provided.
    • Sometimes our research recommends public policy solutions that some people feel are controversial. We are a completely independent research organization that develops independent conclusions and recommendations. Beholden to no one, our conclusions and recommendations may be different from reports produced by organizations who receive government funding. We also do not accept any contracts for research.
    • We work to ensure that people become more knowledgeable about the outcomes of various public policies and can then make more informed decisions.