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Connecting with your political representatives

We want our representatives to understand the incredible impact research and science has on the lives of Canadians. We also want them to understand the needs of the research and science community – needs that, when fulfilled, allow researchers to make the breakthroughs and discoveries that contribute to Canada’s high standard of living. In addition, research shows that the relationship, or intensity of linkages, between academics and decision-makers is one of the strongest variables in predicting whether information is used in policy. A Canadian study showed that Members of Parliament are more likely to use information and data after meeting an academic in person. In this toolkit you’ll find:

  • Why meeting with your representatives is impactful
  • Things your representative wants and needs
  • How to get a meeting
  • How to make the most of your meeting