Background (History / Accomplishments)


Energy Probe Research Foundation (EPRF) is one of Canada's most respected independent think tanks – home to a dedicated group of public policy researchers, assisted by a motivated team of interns, volunteers, and other support staff, working in diverse areas of concern to Canadian citizens.

EPRF – considered one of the most effective organizations of its kind by The Canadian Encyclopedia – first took form in 1970 as the Energy Team of Pollution Probe. In 1980, Energy Probe separated from Pollution Probe and became incorporated as the Energy Probe Research Foundation.

The Foundation has been called a maverick, as we have taken positions that are often out of step with other citizens' groups. One vital component of our work is our dedication not only to fighting against ill-advised projects but also to fighting for sound, democratic processes. The Foundation has always championed property rights and market mechanisms to protect consumers and the environment, has often criticized foreign aid and other forms of unaccountable international lending, and believes that an informed public can best ensure lasting environmental protection.

EPRF and its divisions are best known for their research exposing nuclear power as uneconomic, their promotion of renewable energy, their documentation that the science behind competiting theories of global warming is not yet settled, their criticism of large-scale foreign aid, which undermines political accountability and promotes corruption, and their 24-year-long campaign against China’s Three Gorges Dam.

To inform public opinion, EPRF has been a founder of numerous organizations: locally, Ecology House; nationally, Friends of the Earth Canada; and internationally, the World Rainforest Movement and the International Rivers Network.

The Foundation is made up of several distinct divisions, including Energy Probe, Probe International, Environment Probe, and the Urban Renaissance Institute.