Project Ploughshares is a non-governmental organization that works with churches, governments and civil society to advance policies and actions to prevent war and armed violence and build peace.
Ploughshares was founded in 1976 by Ernie Regehr and Murray Thomson to promote peace by drawing attention to the increasing development and flow of weapons. In mid-1977 it became a project of The Canadian Council of Churches.
The mandate of Project Ploughshares comes from The Canadian Council of Churches, which delegates the responsibility of board formation and governance to its member churches and associated churches that have agreed to sponsor Project Ploughshares. The Canadian Council of Churches is the legal entity under which Project Ploughshares operates and, as such, the Governing Committee of Project Ploughshares is accountable to the Canadian Council of Churches for governing Project Ploughshares in the pursuit of the mandate received from the council. The Governing Committee of Project Ploughshares is made up of persons appointed by the sponsoring churches and members-at-large appointed by the Governing Committee.
The Anglican Church of Canada
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Canadian Unitarian Council
Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Christian Reformed Church in North America
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Mennonite Central Committee Canada
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
The United Church of Canada
Project Ploughshares has since its founding in 1976 been affiliated with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, a Mennonite church college on the University of Waterloo campus.