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Who We Are

Since 1994, the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) has been the national, not for profit association, representing both government relations and public affairs professionals from all sectors. GRIC is widely recognized by governments and other stakeholders as the authoritative voice for the government relations and public affairs community in Canada and is dedicated to advancing the interests of our profession and to working to maintain the highest ethical standards.

Our membership includes government and public affairs professionals operating at the national, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels, representing a wide-range of sectors. GRIC’s membership spans Canada’s leading corporations, trade associations, charities, NGOs, universities, and consulting and legal firms. Read more about our member organizations.

To strengthen the practice and conduct of government relations in Canada, GRIC’s Code of Professional Conduct defines a standard of professional conduct for members of the Government Relations Institute of Canada and applies to all members of the Institute. Read our Code of Professional Conduct.


The Government Relations Institute of Canada is the recognized voice of the government relations profession, serving its members through promotion and enhancement of their role in the democratic process.


That lobbying is recognized as a legitimate and important element of the democratic process and that government relations professionals across Canada can engage with government in an ethical and fair environment.


GRIC’s Board of Directors initiated a strategic planning process to assist in refining the organization’s key priorities. This process involved the input of all GRIC Members and resulted in a new Strategic Plan, which is centered around four Strategic Priorities.