Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Progress Summit?

The Progress Summit is an annual opportunity for progressives across Canada to gather together and discuss the issues of the day. It is traditionally the largest annual progressive politics conference in Canada. Each summit offers analysis, solution-building and leadership training with each year focusing on a different theme, exploring pressing issues of concern to the progressives in Canada and around the world.

For more information, or to see what previous Progress Summits looked like, you can visit the Progress Summit section of our website.

What is the Agenda?

This year's Progress Summit is an opportunity for us all to re-energize our spirits and collectively build a fair and inclusive plan for a transition to a just economy for workers.

You can download the latest block agenda to see what sessions are taking place when. Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Who is this event for?

The event brings together progressive thought leaders, movement builders, elected officials, and frontline activists to help us understand our current landscape. If you are someone interested or invested in social democracy in Canada, this event is for you.

What kinds of COVID-19 precautions are you taking?

We are complying with all existing health regulations to keep everyone safe during the event. While we can’t guarantee a completely COVID-free event, we are taking measures to ensure everyone feels safe at the event.

All Progress Summit attendees (speakers, sponsors, guests, vendors, volunteers, and organizers) must be vaccinated (with two doses) and agree to wear a mask when requested. At the time of registration, attendees must agree to show proof of vaccination when they arrive at the summit and to wear a mask when requested.

Summit attendees will be requested to wear a mask at all times when inside the Governor General ballroom, the Ontario room, and in TwentyTwo, except when eating, drinking, or speaking on stage.

Some meals may be served buffet or communal style, and interaction with other attendees may occur.

If you start to feel unwell for any reason, please ensure that you keep your mask on and head home for the health and safety of your fellow attendees.

The Summit will have a COVID safety officer and a Summit ombudsperson to investigate, mediate and help resolve any conflicts arising.

Participants who knowingly fail to comply with a request to wear a mask may be required to leave the event.

If you encounter an accessibility challenge regarding masking, please identify your issue to Galya Bravo and we will do our best to accommodate.

Do I need a vaccine to attend?

We are requiring that all registered guests provide proof of vaccination upon registration.

How do I book a hotel room?

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Ottawa, including accessible rooms. You can book a room directly with the Westin.

My organization would like to be a sponsor of the Progress Summit. How can we do that?

If you would like to sponsor the Progress Summit, please get in touch with Devon Crick, the Broadbent Institute’s Director of Development.

How do I register?

You can register online on the Broadbent Institute website.

Organizational Pass 10-pack (10 Summit Passes) $3500
Organizational Pass 5-pack (5 Summit Passes) $2000
EARLY BIRD Organizational Pass (until March 13) $400
REGULAR Organization Pass (after March 13) $500
EARLY BIRD Individual Pass (until March 13) $200
REGULAR Individual Pass (after March 13) $275

What’s included in a Progress Summit ticket?

Progress Summit ticket holders have access to all Summit programming from the opening on Wednesday evening to the closing on Friday afternoon. Ticket holders get lunches, snacks and coffee breaks.

Accommodation and travel are not included as part of a Progress Summit ticket.

If cost is a barrier to your participation at the Progress Summit, send us an email and we’ll try to help get you there.

Are there any discounts for travel?

Yes. We have secured a promotion with Air Canada. Enter the code UBKZH6Z1 when you purchase your airfare on the Air Canada website.

Fine print:

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
  • The travel period begins Wednesday, March 23, 2022 and ends Friday, April 08, 2022.
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

What if I need child care while attending the Progress Summit?

If you require childcare during the Summit, send us an email by March 10th and we will be in touch to help make arrangements.

What if I have accessibility needs while attending the Progress Summit?

You will have the opportunity to let us know if you have any accessibility needs during the registration process.

Can I volunteer at the event?

Yes! Volunteers are asked to be available for 2-3 4-hour shifts in exchange for a summit pass and summit meals. There will be a variety of tasks and training offered in person and online. Send us an email if you’re interested in volunteering.

What is your refund policy? What happens in the case of a cancelled event?

We are taking all precautions we can to be able to host the Progress Summit in a safe way. In the unfortunate and unlikely event that we have to cancel the live portion of the Progress Summit, attendees will be offered the choice to either defer their ticket to a future Broadbent Institute event or receive a refund.

What if I have a question that isn't addressed here?

If you have a question that isn't addressed here, send us an email and we'll do our best to get you an answer.