Institute of Intergovernmental Relations




Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

  • The Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat (CICS) is a neutral agency whose mandate and sole program is to provide the administrative services required for the planning and the conduct of senior-level intergovernmental conferences. In addition to acting as the permanent secretariat of the First Ministers Meetings (FMM), CICS offers its services to other meetings of First Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers both at the federal-provincial-territorial and provincial-territorial levels. The agency is available to any federal, provincial and territorial governments’ departments which may be called upon to organize and chair such meetings.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

  • Represents the interests of Canadian municipalities on policy and program matters within federal jurisdiction.

Forum of Federations

  • An international organization based in Ottawa that seeks to improve the practice of federal governance around the world. The site includes a page of useful links on federalism, as well as annual reports and the bimonthly bulletin Federations: What's New in Federalism Worldwide, which reports on current developments in federal systems of government.

Secrétariat aux Affaires Intergouvernementales Canadiennes

  • The Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC) advises the Government of Québec on all Canadian intergovernmental matters, coordinates Québec government activities in Canada, assures the defence and promotion of Québec's interests, and collaborates to strengthen links with Canada's francophone and Acadian communities. The SAIC is under the authority of the minister responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs. Generally speaking, the SAIC advises the Québec government on Canadian intergovernmental relations. It prepares, presents and implements policy in this regard. It analyses the federal government’s policies and programs in view of how they affect Québec. It safeguards and promotes Québec’s interests. The SAIC is also responsible for relations with the governments of the provinces and coordinates all of Québec’s governmental activities in Canada.


EURAC's International Winter School on Federalism and Governance

  • The International Winter School on Federalism and Governance is a common project of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), the Faculty of Lawand the School of Political Science and Sociologyof the University of Innsbruck. Both editions were honoured by the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
  • The International Winter School on Federalism and Governance analyzes the phenomena of federalism, regionalism and multi-level governance from a legal and a political science perspective. Every edition pays special attention to a particular topic, which is approached in detail by legal scholars, political scientists and practitioners.

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

  • A group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to preserving the principles of American federalism. This site contains many useful links to legal resources in the US.

Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

  • A centre for research, teaching, consulting, and documentation of federalism. The site contains local and international conference listings, plus a short list of links to associated institutions, Swiss government sites, and information on other federal systems. This site can be viewed in English, French, or German.

International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS)

  • Established to further the study and understanding of federal principles and patterns, IACFS is an association of centres and institutes around the world with interests in independent research and publication about political, constitutional, legal, administrative, fiscal, economic, historical, and philosophical issues relevant to federal governments.

International Relations and Security Network (ISN), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

  • Dedicated to the study and practice of international relations research. The site contains many links to information on security and global conflict resolution.

Policy Library

  • A British site that aims to contribute to public understanding of social, economic, and political questions through research and dissemination. The site contains numerous research documents on economic, social, and political aspects of public policy, many of which relate to multilevel governance.