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Founded in 2018, the Institute for Investigative Journalism (IIJ) was the first institute of its kind in Canada, bringing together students, researchers and journalists across the country to carry out investigations that brought attention – and action – on issues of concern to Canadians.

The IIJ became the first educational institution to be nominated for a Michener Award as a finalist for the 2020 honour for meritorious public service journalism. That same year, the Institute’s investigative work was recognized in two categories at the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association’s awards. It also won the Grand Prix Judith-Jasmin, the jury prize awarded by the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.


The Institute offered dozens of students the opportunity to collaborate with professional journalists to produce award-winning public interest stories.

Clean Water, Broken Promises 

This collaborative investigation focused on water systems in Indigenous communities across Canada and involved 75 students from 10 universities and colleges nationwide as well as nearly two dozen journalists from six news outlets. 

Project Pandemic

Project Pandemic was a Canada-wide data project aimed at supporting community preparedness by sharing data among local, regional and national news organizations. 

Tainted H2O

Tainted H2O brought together nine universities, 10 partner media companies and more than 120 reporters, editors, students and faculty members on an investigation into lead levels in Canada’s water supply. 

The Price of Oil

This project included 50 journalists and editors from three Canadian media outlets, student reporters from four journalism schools and a think tank investigating Saskatchewan’s oil industry. 

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