Max Bell School Policy Lab Sponsors

The Policy Lab brings together the key elements of the Max Bell School MPP program including the principles of policy design, the difficulty of conducting thorough analysis with incomplete data, the trade-offs between stakeholders’ interests, the challenges posed by a partisan political landscape, and how to communicate complex policy ideas effectively.

See the Policy Lab Projects 

Past partners

The following organisations and institutions have partnered with the Max Bell School of Public Policy for the Policy Lab:







Become a partner

Partners play a critical role in the success of the Policy Lab. Each partner provides a dedicated lead that ensures the following responsibilities, which represents 2-3 hours per month between January and July:

  • Ensure the presence of key participants and subject matter experts during the meetings and for the final review within the windows of availability provided
  • Provide feedback in a timely fashion, preferably within one week of request
  • Minimize changes to the policy challenge once the Policy Lab has begun

Policy Lab partners are asked to provide the following before the start of the academic year:

  • A dedicated lead within the partner organization who will be the main point of contact
  • A financial contribution to the administrative and out-of-pocket costs of the Policy Lab

If your organization is interested in becoming a Policy Lab partner, please contact us at [at]

How it works

  1. The Lab groups students into small project teams that work to address a specific policy challenge for a real-world partner: either a government, business, international institution, or an NGO.

  2. These partners provide both the policy challenge and experience with the real-world difficulties that make putting policy into practice difficult.

  3. Supported by both academic and practitioner coaches who provide guidance and feedback, the student team develops a full policy solution and briefing for the partner.

Key milestones:

Sponsorship Confirmed May
Challenge Approved June
Team / Coach Compensation October
Kick-Off December
Brief Outline January
Stakeholder Consultations March
Summary of Findings April
Draft Policy Brief May
Draft Presentation June
Final Presentations and Feedback July

Presented by Interac

MAX Policy and the Policy Lab are supported by Interac, Canada's most trusted payment system.

Policy Lab 2022

Read this year's reports and watch our MPPs' presentations to discover policy solutions for addressing climate change, affordable housing, gaps in healthcare, and more.

Policy Lab 2021

In these reports and presentations, created by our second cohort of MPP students, read about policy solutions for addressing housing discrimination, educational gender inequality, the social acceptability of drones, and more.

Pictures of a tram and a windmill with green and grey filters overlaid

Policy Lab 2020

A series of policy reports by our first class of MPP students on the circular economy, power purchase agreements, Canada's legal Cannabis industry, Canadian innovation policies, public transit, and affordable housing.

MPP students engrossed in conversation in a classroom

Learn more about partnership

Read this brochure to find out more about becoming a Policy Lab partner.


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