What We Do
The Institute for Liberal Studies is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting discussions of economics, philosophy, history and public policy in Canada.
Our core programs are educational seminars to teach students about the classical liberal foundation of Canadian society and its application to current issues and challenges. Those invited to speak at ILS seminars span the political spectrum. We encourage discussion and debate about issues grounded in democracy, rule of law, markets and personal freedoms. We also host essay contests.
ILS seminars focus on themes such as the relationship between economics and government, environmental policy and social policy. Many of our one-day seminars are held on university campuses, while the Liberty Summer Seminar is held over two-days at Hillside Estates in Orono, Ontario. Campus seminars are generally offered at no-cost to students, and the LSS is run on a cost-recovery basis with a discounted rate offered to students. We will consider waiving the attendance fee for students who find the cost of attending prohibitive.