Based in Calgary, the Manning Centre was founded in 2005 to support activists in Canada who are working towards a smaller, more limited role for government in our lives.

Named after its founder, Preston Manning, the Manning Centre is an independent organization that supports this movement through three main activities – research, training and networking.

Research: On this site you will find information on reports and columns the Manning Centre has released on various policy topics. (Note: To view reports by the Manning Foundation – click here)

Train: The Manning Centre offers training for activists within the movement as well as elected officials and their staff. Programs in this area range from short webinars to full online courses and on-site workshops. Topics cover the basics – such as how to run a campaign – to issue-specific educational videos for elected officials to consider.

Network: Each year the Manning Centre puts on the largest conference in Canada for those who want a more limited role for government – the Manning Networking Conference. This annual event provides grassroots volunteers, think tanks, academics, advocacy organizations, elected officials and others with an opportunity to network, learn new skills and discuss emerging issues.

Annual Reports:
2016 - click here
2015 - click here



Vision: “A freer, stronger, better-governed Canada”

Mission: “To strengthen the values, knowledge, ethics, skills, communication capabilities, and leadership capacities of Canada’s political participants who share our founding values and principles through research, training, and networking.”

Guiding Principles:

  • Maximize freedom, responsibility, and accountability
  • Pursue market-based solutions to public problems
  • Live within our means, fiscally and ecologically
  • Decentralize economic and political power through subsidiarity
  • Strengthen grassroots democracy and democratic institutions
  • Respect Canada’s cultural, religious and democratic traditions