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Government Transformation

The Mowat Centre’s government transformation research stream examines how governments can improve their ability to deliver high-quality public services and public policy, even in times of fiscal constraint. Our publications are intended to help facilitate informed, strategic, long-term decision-making in Canada.

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Latest research

Regulating Disruption

May 11, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Governing in an era of rapid technological change

In this report, the Mowat Centre examines the relationship between regulation and innovation in rapidly-changing technological industries. Drawing on extensive interviews with representatives from industry, academia and government, the report analyzes a number of new challenges confronting Canadian policymakers and regulators as they seek to adapt regulatory frameworks for the digital age. Read More

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

March 14, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Exploring standards-based solutions in a changing marketplace

In this report, commissioned by CSA Group to launch their new CSA Group Research Program, the Mowat Centre discusses the growth of the sharing economy and explores the potential for the use of standards-based approaches in the governance of this sector. Read More

Working Without a Net

November 22, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Rethinking Canada’s social policy in the new age of work

This report explores the implications of new technologies on Canada’s economy and labour market and the adequacy of current social programs and policies supporting workers. Read More

Sharing the Road

August 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

The Promise and Perils of Shared Mobility in the GTHA

This report makes a series of recommendations for building a robust and flexible transportation system that can effectively respond to the emergence of “shared mobility” in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Read More

Creating a High-Performing Canadian Civil Service against a Backdrop of Disruptive Change

August 8, 2016 | Mowat Centre The latest from Mowat in our ongoing Shifting Gears research partnership with KPMG, this paper takes a hard look at Canada’s federal civil service. Read More

Community Benefits and Social Procurement Policies

April 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre

A Jurisdictional Review

This report reviews community benefits and social procurement policies from around the world and analyzes the successes and challenges of the varied approaches. Read More

Policies for the tourism sharing economy

March 9, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Chapter From OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2016

In this research contribution for the OECD's Tourism Trends and Policies 2016, the Mowat Centre discusses the growth of the sharing economy, considers what it means for the tourism sector and assesses key policy implications. Read More

Robot, Take the Wheel

February 10, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Public policy for automated vehicles

Automated vehicles present a potentially revolutionary change to the way that we move people and goods. At the current pace, they could be ready for public roads on a wide scale within five to ten years. Read More