OpenCanada is a digital publication sitting at the intersection of public policy, scholarship and journalism. We produce multimedia content to explain, analyze and tell stories about the increasingly complex and rapidly shifting world of foreign policy and international affairs. We partner with national and international media, and co-produce major international affairs sites and series including Arctic Deeply with News Deeply and The Lind Initiative with UBC.

OpenCanada was founded in June 2011 by the Canadian International Council in collaboration with Taylor Owen. Since then, we have published thousands of articles on international affairs and Canadian foreign policy and have served as a hub for communities in Canada and beyond seeking thoughtful analysis on world events. 

Relaunched in October 2015, OpenCanada is now a stand-alone publication, produced through a partnership of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Canadian International Council and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

OpenCanada has won five Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs), including best overall online media site and content of the year in 2013. 

OpenCanada is produced by: Taylor Owen (Founder and Editor), Eva Salinas (Managing Editor), Catherine Tsalikis (Senior Editor), Som Tsoi (Creative Director) and our amazing network of contributors, developers, interns and volunteers. 

Submission Guidelines

OpenCanada.org welcomes submissions of essays and reported pieces on a wide range of topics related to contemporary issues in international affairs. We seek to publish engaging and substantive analysis of foreign policy, international events, and global trends. OpenCanada encourages perspectives that involve critical thinking or showcase angles on an issue that may have been left out of popular dialogue.

Short essays are 700-1,200 words and should be analytical in focus. Longer essays, of 1,200 to 2,000 words are accepted depending on the depth of research, clarity and flow of writing style, and inclusion of narrative.

Reported pieces can range from 700-1,200 words, or, for longer, more investigative pieces, up to 5,000 words. These pieces should contain interviews, storytelling or in-depth research. Authors are relied upon to fact check their contributions, and are encouraged to hyperlink to any facts or quotations as appropriate.

All submissions will be considered on a rolling basis and should be accompanied by the author’s full contact details, a short bio and writing sample when possible. 

For examples of our preferred style and content, please explore our archives.

We are open to possibilities for cross-publication with institutional or personal websites.

All submissions and editorial inquiries should be sent to [email protected].