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December 12, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 Conference

Join us on December 11-13, 2017 in Toronto for a policy conference, hosted by the Mowat Centre, to assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future. More
October 18, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Video: Quebec’s Place in Canada

On The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec minister for Canadian relations, joins The Agenda to discuss the government document: “Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadian.” More
October 10, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Fixing Canada’s EI system is critical for the future of work

Canada’s employment insurance (EI) system is a major plank of the country’s social architecture. However, the system, now 75 years old, is failing to meet its original intent. EI was established to protect workers against income loss while temporarily out of work and to provide access to job opportunities through training. In order to meet those objectives today, EI needs major reforms. Indeed, the shortfalls that exist in 2017 will only be amplified as the employment landscape continues to change significantly in the decades ahead. More
October 3, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Kiran Alwani

Policy Associate

September 25, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Vivien Carli

Senior Policy Associate

August 2, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Emerging Energy Trends: Conference Outcomes Report

Regulatory responses to Ontario’s energy future

On May 29, 2017, Mowat Energy hosted an international conference exploring the future of energy in Ontario. This outcomes report is a comprehensive rendition of the proceedings of the conference which includes a detailed description of the discussions that occurred and the panel responses to the very helpful questions from the floor. In addition, links to the Conference Agenda and Speaker Bios, and a video of the entire conference are included in the Appendix. More
August 2, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Men will lose the most jobs to robots, and that’s ok

Sunil Johal discusses automation and the future of work on AM640's The Morning Show. More
July 13, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Policy on a Patio

With patio season upon us, let’s celebrate Ontario’s 150th!

June 22, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Request for Supplier Qualifications: Polling/Survey Research Services

Background and Purpose The Mowat Centre is requesting quotes from suppliers to deliver polling/survey research services in support of a research project focused on the values and attitudes of Canadians related to a number of public policy issues. This study will provide up-to-date, rigorous and balanced evidence on Canadians’ attitudes toward one another, their country and a rapidly shifting global political context. It will assess whether and how Canadian attitudes have shifted along with, or in response to, recent global events. More
May 29, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Emerging Energy Trends Conference

A one-day forum exploring the future of energy in Ontario More
May 9, 2017 | Jennifer Keesmaat, Mowat Centre

Video: Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV’s On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea

City of Toronto chief planner and executive director Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV's On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea on the future of governance and finance in major Canadian cities. More
April 20, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Is the Ontario workforce ready for the future?

Rapid technological change is disrupting work realities in both obvious and subtle ways. What key skill sets will be essential to success in the increasingly automated and flexible workplace on the horizon? More
April 19, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal on AM 640’s The Morning Show talking about the future of jobs

Sunil Johal on AM 640's The Morning Show talking public investment in artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of work. More
April 18, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Some companies are injecting their employees with microchips

Sunil Johal on CTV's Your Morning talking about the policy and ethics implications of microchipping employees. More
April 13, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal on The Agenda discussing on-demand public transit

Sunil Johal on TVO's The Agenda's panel on Uber and Innisfil partnering to provide on-demand public transit in the town. More
March 22, 2017 | Mowat Centre

CBC Radio One Ottawa Interview: Automation and the Government Response

Sunil Johal on CBC Radio One Ottawa's Ottawa Morning discussing automation, the needed government response, and what the federal budget can do. More
March 20, 2017 | Mowat Centre

CHML Radio Interview: How should the federal government handle automation?

Sunil Johal on the Scott Thompson Show discussing what the federal government is and should be doing in response to the challenges of automation. More
March 14, 2017 | Mowat Centre

CBC Radio Interview: Stop Calling it the Sharing Economy

Sunil Johal on CBC Radio's The 180 with Jim Brown explaining why the term "the sharing economy" may not be the most appropriate. More
March 1, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Andrew Parkin


March 1, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Video: Canada’s Sharing Economy on CBC’s On the Money

Sunil Johal on CBC's On the Money discussing new StatsCan data on the economic importance of the sharing economy in Canada. More
March 1, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Video: Automation and the Future of Work on TVO’s The Agenda

Sunil Johal on The Agenda discussing the effects of automation on labour force and the challenges this entails for governments. More
February 8, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Video: The future of work discussion on CBC’s On The Money

Sunil Johal talks automation in the workplace with Peter Armstrong. More
January 26, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Video: CTV Your Morning interview with Sunil Johal on the evolution of the sharing economy

Ben Mulroney chats with Sunil Johal about innovation and fairness in the sharing economy. More
January 26, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Andrew Parkin Appointed Director of the Mowat Centre

TORONTO – The University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) today announced the appointment of Andrew Parkin as the new Director of the Mowat Centre. More
January 10, 2017 | Mowat Centre

BNN Interview: Discussing Uber’s new rider data

Uber, the driver-for-hire service, announced on Sunday that it would release rider data for city planners to study. But Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre questions whether the data will truly be a useful tool or if it's just a PR move by Uber. More
December 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

When it comes to health care, the federal and provincial governments are arguing over growth rates. Here’s why that’s the wrong conversation.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments failed to reach a long-term agreement on health care funding in Ottawa yesterday. Time will tell whether this failure represents an impasse, or just one of many rounds of negotiation to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. More
December 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Evidence-based New Year’s Policy Resolutions for Canada in 2017

As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can take pride in how far we’ve come as a country. We’ve connected a vast, sprawling and culturally diverse territory into a strong, inclusive and vibrant country and one of the world’s most prosperous and multicultural nations. More
October 28, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal talks to CBC about ‘precarious’ employment

Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre on what you need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of work. More
October 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2016

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2015-16 year. More
October 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Thinking About Basic Income

Is a basic income good public policy? If so, how should it be delivered, and to whom? More
October 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges. More
August 9, 2016 | Mowat Centre

A little explainer on how equalization payments work: radio interview with Erich Hartmann

Erich Hartmann, Mowat's Practice Lead - Intergovernmental Affairs, explains how Canada's Equalization program and other transfer payments work in the context of the recent economic downturn in Alberta. More
July 14, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Policy on a Patio

Summer is here, and patio season is upon us! More
June 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Unpacking Impact Conference

A one-day forum for exploring impact measurement for social enterprises. More
May 5, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Video: Sharing the Wealth, Unevenly

Mowat's Policy Director, Sunil Johal on The Agenda for a discussion on Venture capital, the sharing economy and the implications for low paying work and a lack of consumer protection. More
April 7, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Video: New draft rules for Uber a step in right direction

Toronto issued new draft rules today for ride-hailing services like Uber and traditional taxis. Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre says that they're a step in the right direction, but regulators need to be proactive about industry disruptors. More
April 7, 2016 | Mowat Centre

More research, better data required to understand and adapt to climate impacts on the Great Lakes

New report from CGLR and Mowat says uncertainty about future water levels and gaps in data affect climate adaptation decisions. More
March 15, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Canada’s overly complex tariff system carries high burden for low return

Eliminating majority of import tariffs would boost productivity for relatively low cost. More
March 7, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Request for Proposals: Future Drivers and Trends Affecting Energy Development in Ontario

Update: Project award

Project components were divided between the following successful bidders:
  • Cynthia Chaplin
  • International Energy Transition GmbH and Meister Consultants Group
  • National Regulatory Research Institute
  • Navigant Consulting Ltd.
  • Sweco International AB
  • Waters Wye Associates Ltd

Mowat Energy is conducting a comprehensive study of emerging trends facing the energy sector, with a focus on the drivers and potential trajectories of energy transformation in Ontario and on the effects of energy transformation on Ontario’s energy sector and beyond. More
February 10, 2016 | Mowat Centre

If governments think regulating Uber is complicated, just wait for self-driving cars

New Mowat report says automated vehicles are coming fast and governments need to plan now

January 26, 2016 | Mowat Centre, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Emerging Stronger 2016

Measuring Progress, Charting a New Course

Emerging Stronger is a five-year agenda aimed at spurring growth and prosperity in Ontario. It is the product of extensive consultation conducted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Mowat Centre and Leger. More
January 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Back from the Brink

Lessons from the federal-provincial dispute about the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

In 2015, the federal and Ontario governments were engaged in a dispute over the federal refusal to cooperate with the administration of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. More
December 23, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Matthew Mendelsohn Leaving Mowat Centre

Matthew Mendelsohn will be leaving his position as Director of the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre. The founding director of the public policy think tank at the School of Public Policy & Governance [SPPG] will be stepping down in January 2016 to take up a position as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Results and Delivery) in the Privy Council Office with the federal government. More
December 21, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat’s favourite policy writing of 2015 (the ones we didn’t write)

Working at Mowat, we get to read a lot of writing about public policy. While most of that work is solid and thoughtful, sometimes we come across pieces in the sea of pixels and pdfs that truly standout. They make us pause and say “wow, I wish we wrote that.” More
December 16, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Toronto and UberHop

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses Uber's new bus service, UberHop, and what it means for Toronto. More
December 9, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Impact Report 2010-2015

Mowat Centre’s Impact Report provides an overview of publications, activities and public policy impact from our first five years. More
December 3, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Philanthropy, Government and Community: Setting the Stage for Dialogue

Mowat's Director Matthew Mendelsohn explains the interactions between public policy and philanthropy. More
December 2, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Matthew Mendelsohn at Canada 2020

Mowat's Director Matthew Mendelsohn discusses the potential of local governments in building Canada's economic infrastructure and the findings in our research report, From the Ground Up. More
November 25, 2015 | Mowat Centre

The sharing economy and precarious work

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal answers Ontario Today listener questions on the sharing economy and what it means for precarious work. More
November 19, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: The Future of Canada’s Social Architecture

The community of people working on public policy issues in the GTA extends far beyond Queen's Park or City Hall. More
November 11, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Climate talks heat up

The Broadbent Institute's Executive Director, Rick Smith, discusses a low-carbon Canada and the Mowat Centre-Broadbent Institute joint report, Step Change, with Bruce Sellery on The Exchange. More
November 11, 2015 | Mowat Centre

The Shared Economy

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the opportunities and risks of Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and the Sharing Economy on CUIT's Beyond the Headlines. More
October 29, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Searching for Solutions on Climate: An Evening with Scientist and Author Tim Flannery

In advance of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Mowat Centre and Broadbent Institute invite you to an evening with internationally acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery. More
October 27, 2015 | Mowat Centre, Broadbent Institute

Step Change

Federal Policy Ideas Toward a Low-Carbon Canada

This Mowat Centre-Broadbent Institute joint report looks at policies in addition to carbon pricing that the federal government could introduce to help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. More
October 27, 2015 | Mowat Centre

New report lays out seven policies to steer Canada towards a low-carbon economy

In lead-up to UN climate conference in Paris, new federal government must go beyond carbon pricing More

July 9, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2015

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2014-15 year. More
July 9, 2015 | Mowat Centre

What to do about Uber

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the challenges Toronto faces when trying to balance the interests of the taxi cab industry and the ride sharing service Uber with Matt Galloway. More
July 8, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat announces new research executive leads for Mowat Energy and Mowat NFP

The Mowat Centre is pleased to announce two senior appointments to lead the Centre’s Energy and Not-For-Profit research hubs. More
June 10, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Ontario and Manitoba Power Pricing Disparity

Mowat's Richard Carlson discusses why Ontario's power costs are different than those in Manitoba on CBC's Superior Morning with Lisa Laco. More
June 2, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat on Canada AM: Why governments must adapt to the sharing economy

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses how Toronto can develop fair rules for Uber and the taxi industry. More
May 26, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat on CBC’s The Exchange: Next federal government must make Ontario economy a strategic priority

Mowat Centre Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses why Canada needs a Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario on CBC's The Exchange. More
May 17, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Is it time to repair Canada’s social safety net?

Mowat's Sunil Johal discusses Canada's outdated social architecture on CBC's Cross-country Checkup with Rex Murphy. More
May 17, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mapping a shortcoming in Canada’s statistical data

Mowat's Mark Jarvis discusses the insufficient statistical data available for the mapping of Canada's Hardest Places to Live. More
April 6, 2015 | Mowat Centre, Sunil Johal, Jamie Van Ymeren

Mowat Centre presents on Social Finance to House of Commons Standing Committee

On March 26, 2015, Mowat Centre Policy Director Sunil Johal and Policy Associate Jamie Van Ymeren provided expert testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Their remarks focused on social impact bonds, outcomes-based funding and the role governments can play in providing an enabling environment and supportive infrastructure for social finance and innovative program delivery. These are their opening remarks. More
March 27, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Canadian Energy Strategy

Senior Energy Policy Associate Richard Carlson talks about a possible inter-provincial energy strategy with Amanda Lang on The Exchange. More
February 23, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: CBC Video

Mowat Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the public policy implications of sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb with CBC Radio Canada International. More
February 19, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Beyond “Whack A Mole” on Metro Morning

Governments seem at a loss to know how to deal with services such as Uber and Airbnb. Matt Galloway spoke with Sunil Johal. He is the Policy Director with the Mowat Centre. More
February 18, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Regulating the sharing economy

Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre on the delicate balance needed to regulate the sharing economy More
February 13, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Three pieces of advice for the federal government on its new Innovation Hub

This week the Privy Council Office launched its new Central Innovation Hub, which means Canada just joined a growing list of countries establishing innovation labs at the very heart of government. More
January 28, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Ms. Naomi Alboim

Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Chair, SPS Policy Forum, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

January 22, 2015 | Mowat Centre

The Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario at the Northern Policy Institute’s Leadership Luncheon

Sunil Johal, the Mowat Centre's policy director, provides an overview of the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario in Thunder Bay. More
January 1, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal

Policy Director

December 1, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Brokering Success Release Webinar

On Tuesday, December 2, join us for the release of Brokering Success, a Mowat Centre report on improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagement. More
November 26, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2014

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2013-14 year. More
November 21, 2014 | Mowat Centre

The Exchange with Amanda Leary: The Ontario-Quebec alignment feat. Matthew Mendelsohn

Matthew Mendelsohn, director of the Mowat Centre, assesses how an energy pact between the central provinces could shift the national landscape. More
November 20, 2014 | Mowat Centre

SPPG Event: In Conversation with Governor Martin O’Malley

Join us on November 25 for a special event that will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in conversation with Former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public. More
November 4, 2014 | Mowat Centre

A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario

Discussion Paper
The Mowat Centre, the Northern Policy Institute, and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity are convening a broad range of economic stakeholders in Ontario to develop a Federal Economic Agenda for our province. More
October 7, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Policy in Precarious Times

Mowat Director, Matthew Mendelsohn joins Steve Paikin and panelists to discuss the changing labour market and the increase in precarious employment. More
September 12, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Federal cuts to small business EI premiums will do little to fix the problems with Employment Insurance – CBC Metro Morning

Mowat Director Matthew Mendelsohn speaks with CBC's Matt Galloway about the recent federal cut to EI premiums for small businesses. More
September 11, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre welcomes Mike Moffatt as Chief Economist

The Mowat Centre today announced the appointment of Mike Moffatt as the Centre’s new Chief Economist. More
September 10, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Is Ontario once again taking on the role of the Big Sibling of Confederation?

During the past 18 months, Ontario has increasingly been taking on the federal government and strengthening relationships with other provinces. More
September 10, 2014 | Mowat Centre

AMO AGM & Annual Conference 2014 Keynote Speech by Matthew Mendelsohn

Manufacturing jobs and the sector’s share of GDP have declined sharply. Many communities across the province have felt the impact of factory closures. More
July 14, 2014 | Mowat Centre

That federal budget surplus? It’s coming from your EI Premiums

Four reasons why using EI Premiums to balance the budget is bad for the country—and Ontario in particular.
July 14, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Policy Lessons from Google Autocomplete

When Canadians want information, they turn to Google. It reliably points them to information about the most important questions of our time, like why Canada is just a fantastic place to live (though cold). More
July 10, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Not Just Equalization—Many Federal Transfer Programs Fail Basic Tests of Transparency, Efficiency and Fairness, Says New Mowat Analysis

A substantial portion of the $163 billion in annual federal transfers to provinces is doled out in ways that fail to meet basic tests of transparency, efficiency and fairness, according to a new study released today by the Mowat Centre. More
July 3, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Visit from The Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

The DRC sent a delegation of 21 individuals from the Chinese think tank to visit Canada and meet with various organizations. Mowat was honoured to be one of their stops. More
June 24, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Four changes to the TFW program that would help Canadian businesses

Recently, Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced new changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program (TFW). More
May 5, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Rebuilding Ontario with Matthew Mendelsohn and Mike Moffatt

The cities and towns of our province’s once mighty manufacturing base are facing the fallout of global economic change that has seen tens of thousands of jobs being shed, year-after-year. More
April 29, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Canada’s broken system of federal spending and transfers

Matthew Mendelsohn discusses Canada’s broken system of federal spending and transfers with CBC’s Lang & O’Leary.  More
April 28, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Broken System of Federal Redistribution Is Transferring Billions Per Year Away From Ontario

Federal programs have not kept pace with Canada’s changing economy

April 14, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Demonstrating the Results of Capacity Building

Final Report of the Partnership Grants Learning Project
This report was prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. More
April 11, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Governments could fund urgently needed infrastructure by ‘recycling’ outdated public assets

New approach to asset management and reinvestment protects public interest while maximizing revenue generation. More
March 20, 2014 | Mowat Centre

What Happens Now? Post LTEP Conference

On March 20, Mowat Energy hosted a successful conference at the Ontario Heritage Centre in Toronto. More
February 26, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Ontario Made-Summary Report

Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century
This paper analyzes the economic factors behind the recent struggles of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, and offers recommendations as to what Ontario can do to cultivate this sector. More
January 30, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Jobs Reality Check, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

The economy seems to be at the top of mind for many Ontarians and job creation at the top of mind for governments. More
January 29, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Professor Anita Anand

Professor, Academic Director, Centre for the Legal Profession and Program on Ethics in Law and Business, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto