North99 is an independent movement of hundreds of thousands of Canadians working to transform Canada for the many, not the richest few.
North99 advances progressive policies and ideas through media, advocacy, and campaigns. Our aim is to shift opinion and create the political conditions for a Canada that works for the many, not just the richest few.
Who We Are
North99 is an independent political movement powered by over 100,000 supporters, united by a shared commitment to progressive principles.
Our work is driven by values, not party politics, and we do not receive support from or align ourselves with any political party. We support and oppose candidates based on their commitment or opposition to progressive principles.
True democracy is incompatible with a society where the richest 1% own more than 25% of the wealth. Public goods — land, resources, roads, bridges, education — are the foundation of all wealth created in this country, and the public should share in that wealth. We support policies to distribute wealth and power from an elite few to everyone, including taxes on wealth and inheritance along with greater public ownership of key segments of the economy.
In one of the world’s wealthiest countries, nobody should have to wonder whether they will be able to feed or shelter themselves and their family. But automation and globalization have made work precarious, the cost-of-living is increasing, and wages are stagnant. We believe in policies that will make people’s lives economically secure, including a universal basic income, free college and university, and affordable housing for all.
Hard work ought to be honoured, and the people who build our economy ought to be respected. That must include guaranteeing workers a decent wage, safe working conditions, and fair benefits. We support policies to protect workers, and to empower them to secure a better life through stronger unions.
There is no place for racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, or discrimination of any form in our society. We oppose all movements and groups that promote these ideas, and support policies that curb discrimination.
The climate crisis is an existential threat and must be overcome. We support the Green New Deal: a World War Two-style mobilization to move Canada to a 100% clean energy economy with net-zero carbon emissions, creating millions of good jobs in the process.
North99 runs campaigns on a wide variety of issues and policies. Here are a few we are working on right now.
We believe that by bringing together progressive Canadians, we can build powerful institutions that can make change happen through the democratic process.
We are creating a progressive Canadian media ecosystem that can shift public opinion in favour of progressive ideas and policies.
We target and work to defeat right-wing candidates in elections at all levels across the country, while advancing progressive policies and candidates who support them.
We mobilize citizens to pressure elected officials of all partisan stripes to back progressive polices.
In just one year, the North99 community has become one of the largest forces for progressive change in Canada.
North99 is managed by Geoff Sharpe and Taylor Scollon and was created as a project to counter the growing influence of right-wing online voices, while building a progressive organization capable of shifting opinion, electing progressives, and influencing policy. Geoff is originally from Campbell River, British Columbia and Taylor is originally from Ottawa, Ontario.
North99 is 100% funded by individual Canadian donors. We have never accepted contributions from businesses, political parties, or governments. In 2018 we received 3,774 individual donations with an average donation size of $14.50. The largest contribution we received was $515.
Hear from the North99 community
We asked North99 monthly donors why they are a part of our community. Here's what they said.
I donate to only a few progressive organizations that I believe have the greatest impact. These include the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Greenpeace, Doctors without Borders, and the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees. However, North99 has the punchy, to the point messaging, necessary to counter the right wing resurgence in Canada. This is why I am making ongoing monthly donations.Dennis Raphael
I have been concerned about the general reversal of progress that I have seen in politics in the U. S. and other democratic countries. Recently, I have witnessed the same trend taking hold at home, even in Ontario. The wave of populism, exclusion and accompanying lack of compassion pervading our provincial politics is very distressing. I will not comply with the will of "leaders" who bray populist themes to appeal to the heartless privileged. I must do something to resist their bid to profit by "stealing from the poor, to give to the rich."Robert Allingham
Politics and religion are for sure two subjects that if you stand your ground on what you believe in, can divide a family in a heartbeat, especially when you're dealing with right to far right relatives who have a "my way or the highway mentallity". I refuse to destroy my family because of politics and this is why I'm perfectly comfortable donating to an organization that have the same political beliefs as I do and who is willing to step up to the plate in defense of these beliefs. We must keep the ball rolling to protect our children and grandchildren until they can defend themselves against their present.Clem Pineau
We need a genuinely progressive presence on the Internet. I am willing to put my money where their voice is. I am not rich but I will do what I can to be a tiny part of the growth of North99.Paula
I decided to donate and support North 99 after seeing too much of the right wing biased stuff coming out of groups like Ontario Proud. I feel and recognize the need for a counter voice in the fight for the soul of Canada.Chris Watson
After reviewing several articles on the website I found myself nodding in agreement with virtually everything. North99 is prepared to challenge the lies and misrepresentation of the right wing and Conservatives. I am constantly disappointed in the corporate media and the CBC news service who continue to treat politicians like Ford, Scheer and others as holding legitimate positions and never challenge their agendas.Paul Rainsberry
I've seen too many once-(seemingly-)kindhearted and sensible friends and family members sucked in by hate-fuelled propaganda from the far right. North 99 helps to counter the misinformation being pumped out by far right media outlets, and provides progressive Canadians with a common community to build from as we work to repair and prevent the damage and injustices done by reactionary groups and regressive politicians.Nicole
North99 is the only source online that I'm aware of that provides a truly critical look at what is happening with government policy. More than at any time in my adult life I feel that we need informed folk like these guys to be examining what's really happening around us.John R. Smith
Far too much money is poured into alt-right disinformation campaigns, and North99 brings forward responses to that ideology where it manifests significantly in Canada. It is difficult to find information about Canadian alt-right activities that is not overrun with conflationary USA-driven content. I think North99 does a reasonable job of presenting Canadian responses in a rational, thought-provoking manner and I find that useful. The old funding models for reporting are largely no longer viable and so I contribute what I can to help support reporting that I believe has value.Dennis Simpson