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What is IAP2 Canada?

IAP2 Canada is an association of professionals in the field of public participation (P2), who seek to promote and improve the practice in relation to individuals, governments, institutions and other entities that affect the public interest in Canada and around the world.


Canadians are meaningfully engaged in decisions that affect them by way of purposeful  public participation.


IAP2 Canada advances effective public  participation practice and supports practitioners.

What we do

IAP2 Canada (International Association for Public Participation) carries out its mission according to the 2021-23 Strategic Plan and organizes and conducts activities to:

  • Serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology;
  • Advocate for public participation throughout the world;
  • Promote a results-oriented research agenda and use research to support educational and advocacy goals, and;
  • Provide technical assistance to improve public participation.

The Strategic Plan is created based on feedback collected in the Community Survey.

Read more about the foundations of IAP2 and consult our informational brochure here.

Lire cette brochure en français; lire la carte postale en français.

Read the 2020 Annual Report. Consult our 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Annual Reports.

Here is the recording and slide presentation of the 2021 AGM.

View our board statements: Change Begins With Us (June 19, 2020)Response to Residential Schools (June 17, 2021), National Truth and Reconciliation Day (Sept. 30, 2021).

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Who are our members?

IAP2 Canada members are a diverse community of professionals, citizens, academics, and decision-makers who are committed to involving the public in decisions that affect them.

Our membership of over 1000 individuals from across Canada includes the following sectors:

  • Local, provincial, and federal government
  • Education & health care
  • Energy sector (including power, oil & gas, renewable energy, mining & forestry)
  • Non-profit & academia
  • Infrastructure & property development
IAP2 at all levels – Federation, Affiliates and Chapters – attracts people who are passionate about public participation, so you will often see people who volunteer in many different ways: from different boards, to conference steering committees, to newsletter or webinar contributors and more. There are many, many ways to become involved, connect with others and learn from a growing professional network.

How is IAP2 Organized?

IAP2 Canada and other affiliate boards focus on the services and information required for members within their country. In Canada, we are focussed on developing a broad range of member benefits and services. The IAP2 organizational model is to have a federation which is comprised of national affiliates (like IAP2 Canada). This model recognizes that affiliates are best able to deliver IAP2 knowledge, information, services, and value to members through a national lens. At the same time, this organizational structure makes it easier to share knowledge between affiliates so we are all able to gain easy access to international best practices in public participation. The IAP2 organizational model is as follows:

IAP2 Federation – the international body

IAP2 Affiliates – national organizations such as IAP2 Canada, IAP2 USA, IAP2 Australasia, IAP2 Southern Africa, IAP2 Latin America, etc.

IAP2 Affiliate Chapters – regional Chapters

The IAP2 model thus allows for local engagement, national representation and international participation.

How do Chapters fit in?

Members of the seven regional Chapters are first members of IAP2 Canada. Chapters are a major benefit of membership as they provide the regional/community link for members and provide opportunities for regional engagement. In Canada, there are seven existing or emerging Chapters:

What does the IAP2 Federation do?

The Federation Board (the international body) focuses on broad, strategic, internationally-impacting initiatives such as:

  • IAP2 Foundations Training
  • Certification 
  • Standards (in development)
  • Licensing of IAP2 trainers
  • Integrity of the IAP2 "brand"
  • Participation in broad-focused information sharing, such as the Journal of Public Participation

IAP2 Federation board members are appointed and assigned by each IAP2 Affiliate. Based on our membership Canada has two Federation representatives who participate on both the IAP2 Canada board and the Federation board. This ensures IAP2 Canada’s connection to the Federation and the Federation’s connection to IAP2 Canada.

The IAP2 Federation has a direct link with trainers in every affiliate and each affiliate has its own unique training strategy. In Canada, trainers are able to train anywhere and they operate based on an entrepreneurial model. Where it can get confusing is that IAP2 Canada or any Chapter can decide they want to host training with a licensed trainer. This means that IAP2 Canada or the Chapter is acting as a host for the course, and contracts an IAP2 licensed trainer to teach the program.

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