CPN-PREV (Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence) is an evidence-based and practitioners-centered network established to bring forward Canadian leadership and develop excellence in countering violent radicalization. CPN-PREV supports best practices and collaborations among intervention teams, through sustained knowledge mobilization between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and various community sectors.


We identify existing assets and examine the level of multisectoral collaboration through a Canada-wide interactive mapping of assets (training, prevention, and intervention-focused initiatives) in matters of violent radicalization.


We seek to reduce misinformation and improve the general public’s and practitioners’ understanding of the complex and quickly evolving contexts of violent radicalization, while promoting a non-stigmatizing approach.

Best Practices

We generate evidence-based best practice guidelines and related knowledge mobilization tools that address risk assessment in case management and prevention/intervention in matters of violent radicalization.


We strengthen collaborative resource development by and for practitioners across multiple sectors and disciplines, through capacity building. This is done by leveraging and connecting existing Canadian assets around joint interventions in matters of violent radicalization in areas of high need.


We provide training modules for practitioners from diverse sectors that are co-designed and tailored to their specific needs and contexts. We support local implementation and field test existing training programs, toolkits, and applications on prevention of radicalization.


We expand, improve, and increase access to the collection of best practices (in training, prevention, and intervention) tailored for Canadian practitioners, through a continuous knowledge mobilization process including diverse sets of outputs and activities.



CPN PREV recently launched a new systematic review of evidence on the impacts of interactions with hate content in traditional and online media on individuals, community, and society levels. This project is funded by Public Safety Canada, and will operate under the flagship of Campbell Collaboration, the international social science research network that produces high quality, open and policy-relevant evidence syntheses, and policy briefs. The research question to be explored is : “What are the impacts of exposure to/consumption of or active search/promotion of hate content in traditional and online media, specifically on processes of radicalization to violence, as well as other effects at the individual, community, and societal levels?”

To know more about the project, as well as to explore resources and ideas, please stay tuned.

Planning Ahead: Partnering in Practice II

We are happy to announce that we are planning a second Partnering in Practice (PIP) Symposium for Spring 2021* , with our partners the Student Commission of Canada (SCC), the Organization for the Prevention of Violence (OPV) and Wisdom2Action (W2A)!

This conference will once again bring together practitioners and researchers of all sectors, along with youth to facilitate connections and knowledge sharing between all stakeholders in the field of prevention of violent extremism (PVE).

The event will be hosted in Montreal and will take place the same week as other major events in PVE co-hosted with the Research and Action on Social Polarization (RAPS) team, and the UNESCO-PREV chair. We look forward to sharing further details with you soon.

*Subject to change

Training Activities in Times of COVID-19

Amidst the current situation, the CPN-PREV training team is adapting its material to facilitate at-home training sessions. The content and interactive elements that characterize our programs have been transposed to these adapted training formulas. Additional content has been developed so that participants can also benefit from a discussion on the issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis in their fields of practice. A first webinar resulting from the adaptation of our materials was offered to the MERIT team at the end of April. This will be followed by a second webinar on May 28th.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information, or to request a training!