St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, Canada


“The spirit of concern which St. Francis Xavier university expresses in deeds through its Coady International Institute among the poor of the world is very close to my heart. Your leadership role is deservedly acknowledged and universally acclaimed.”
- Mother Teresa

Recognized as one of the finest schools in Canada, St. Francis Xavier University is meeting the needs of today’s undergraduates through outstanding teaching, exceptional hands-on research experiences, the very best in a residential community and unique opportunities to make a contribution to communities at home and abroad. This is the StFX way.

StFX is home to both the StFX Extension Department and the Coady International Institute.

StFX Extension Department


The StFX Extension Department has a long and rich history of helping communities recognize their strengths to successfully leverage them for positive change. When the Extension Department was established in 1928, it was dedicated to revitalizing the communities of northeastern Nova Scotia through a people-centered approach to development, which became known as the Antigonish Movement. This Movement has created a vibrant legacy that continues to ignite our passion for the work that we do today, more than 80 years since its beginning.

While the world has changed considerably since 1928, the goal of creating "a full and abundant life for all" remains at the core of our work. Grounded in both the philosophical vision and practical experience generated by the Antigonish Movement, we are well situated to innovate and meet the needs of today.

Coady International Institute


The Coady International Institute ignites leadership that inspires collaborative effort to address challenges, discover opportunities and create sustainable development at the community level.

Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International Institute is a world-renowned centre of excellence in community-based development and leadership education. 

In collaboration with partners in Canada and the global south, the Institute is committed to reduce poverty and transforming societies by strengthening local economies, by building resilient communities, and by promoting social accountability and good governance.