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Decent Work in the Green Economy

As Ontario and other provinces move toward a greener economy, policymakers should consider the implications of these changes on employment opportunities, and particularly opportunities for decent work. Decent Work in the Green Economy, a new report from the Mowat Centre and Smart Prosperity Institute, explores this challenge. The report identifies where workers might be vulnerable to disruption, and considers where policy intervention may be beneficial. Read More

10 Oct 2017

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

October 10, 2017 | By

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. Read More

06 Oct 2017

Sunil Johal on labour shortages and skills training in the new world of work

October 6, 2017

Sunil Johal is interviewed and responds to callers on the current and future world of work Read More

27 Sep 2017

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Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

September 27, 2017 | By

With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country. Read More

21 Sep 2017

Putting bold ideas into action

September 21, 2017

Building the nation beyond Canada 150

As the nation celebrated its 150th birthday this summer, Canadians naturally reflected on what the country has accomplished over the past century and a half. Read More

19 Sep 2017

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Bridging the Gap

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Designing a Canadian What Works Centre

As demand for evidence-based policymaking increases at all orders of government, Canada must build capacity to generate and mobilize evidence. This paper explores the concept of What Works Centres, independent and non-partisan organizations structured to create, collect and curate evidence on public policy challenges and the success – and failure – of government and community-based interventions. Read More

24 Aug 2017

Q&A Session on the “Gap”

August 24, 2017

The “gap” is a dollar figure that seeks to measure a province’s aggregate net fiscal contribution or benefit vis-à-vis the rest of the federation. The federal government collects financial resources from its myriad revenue sources. Read More

09 Aug 2017

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We’re speaking more languages, but is our landscape more diverse?

August 9, 2017 | By

Each fresh wave of results from the 2016 Census brings a new appreciation for Canada’s deepening diversity, and last week’s release is no exception. As of 2016, 23 per cent of Canadians have a language other than English or French as their “mother tongue.” That figure rises to 29 per cent in Ontario and a remarkable 47 per cent – almost one in two – in Toronto. Read More

02 Aug 2017

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Emerging Energy Trends: Conference Outcomes Report

August 2, 2017 | By

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. Read More

02 Aug 2017

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

August 2, 2017

Sunil Johal discusses automation and the future of work on AM640’s The Morning Show. Read More