Community-Based Research Canada member
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is one of Canada’s leading undergraduate universities, located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. One of the distinguishing features of StFX is that it combines the pursuit of research excellence with local and regional social relevance achieved through community engagement and partnerships. These efforts have had global reach and impact. Dating back to the Antigonish Movement, StFX has had a long and continuing tradition of working with communities to facilitate social change, address inequities and marginalization, as well as improve policy and governance. The StFX Extension Division, which can trace its roots to the beginning of the Antigonish Movement, has been instrumental in these efforts, reaching communities across Atlantic Canada. StFX is also home to the Coady International Institute, a world-renowned centre of excellence in community-based development and leadership education. In collaboration with partners in Canada and the Global South, the Coady Institute works to reduce poverty and transform societies by strengthening local economies, building resilient communities, and promoting social accountability and good governance.