The CIA is committed to the advancement of actuarial science. Each year, we dedicate significant resources towards research that offers valuable information to our members. The Research Council (REC) manages our research projects through standing core research committees, the Academic Research Committee and the Exploratory Research Committee (and related project oversight groups). In most cases, external groups such as universities or independent research firms conduct the research, with the relevant committee overseeing the project.

Our research guiding principles


Research should be of high potential or lasting value for the profession. 


Research that is of the greatest relevance and impact on Canadian actuarial practice.


Research should vary in scope and topic reflecting the various practice areas in the industry. 


Research should be realistic and sustainable in its resource requirements. 


Research should be sound and of the highest quality. 

Our research types

Research supporting actuaries in the performance of their current or changing duties.

Research focused on developing and meeting the future needs of the profession and ensuring it remains relevant in the modern world. 

A program for members of the Canadian actuarial community or others pursuing research on topics relevant to Canadian actuaries to disseminate their research and research ideas.