Experts on the Canadian Crown

Begun in 2005 as the Friends of the Canadian Crown, the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada is a nonprofit institute affiliated with Massey College in the University of Toronto.

Our mission

To broaden knowledge of the constitutional role of the Crown; the impartial head-of-state functions performed by the sovereign, the governor general, and the lieutenant governors; and Canada’s honours and symbols of authority.

Essay prize

In January 2021 the Institute announced the The Honourable Margaret McCain Essay Prize, which aims to recognize the best undergraduate essay on the topic of the Crown in Canada, broadly defined.


The Institute’s recently established College of Fellows recognizes distinguished persons who have made major contributions to the study of the Crown.


The Institute is proud to have supported the publication of several books and academic journals.


The Institute periodically holds conferences bringing together Canadian and international experts and practitioners for discussion and debate. 

In the media

People associated with the Institute are regularly sought out by media to comment on issues related to the Crown.