David Suzuki Foundation

Background of the organization

Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) is a national, bilingual non-profit organization. Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, it works to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. It collaborates with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.

DSF is a founding member of “WEAll”, a global coalition to advance economies for human and ecological wellbeing. It participated in the  creation of the Wellbeing Economies Alliance for Canada and Sovereign Indigenous Nations (WEAll CAN).


Project description

WEAll CAN works with local and federal government to recognize the limitations of GDP as an indicator of societal wellbeing and supports the roll out a new Quality of Life Framework which provides a more holistic and comprehensive basis from which to evaluate societal growth. Internationally, it collaborates with  WEAll and other WEAll national hubs including New Zealand, California, Iceland and Scotland.

Funding for this project will be used to : 1) develop a landscape analysis to engage more community sector, governments, and corporate partners; 2) create a ‘Thriving Canadian Cities Innovation Lab’ in partnership with the Doughnut Economics Action Lab; 3) gather Canadian and Indigenous leaders at a  ‘Northern Woods’ convening  to co-design building blocks of a new economic framework.


  • 2021-2023
  • $ 100,000
  • Funding Type: Focus Area Funding
  • Funding Stream: Communities