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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
September 27, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

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

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. More
August 9, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

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

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. More
June 29, 2017 | Sunil Johal

Future jobs: How we’ll earn a living 150 years from now

Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality. More
May 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann

A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. More
October 28, 2016 | Sunil Johal, Jordann Thirgood

An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elicited strong reactions by suggesting Canadians need to get used to precarious employment because it’s the new normal. But the reality could be much worse. 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
April 4, 2016 | Sunil Johal

On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

After 18 months, several traffic-halting protests, two court challenges and thousands of water cooler discussions, the moment of truth is near. Toronto’s city council is expected to develop a regulatory framework for taxis and the ride-sourcing company Uber in April. More