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  • How Ontario lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs

    How Ontario lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs
    Automation, globalization, exchange rates, and low productivity help explain why manufacturing employment has dropped from 15.8% to 10.3% of Ontario's workforce.

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  • Better Outcomes for Public Services

    Better Outcomes for Public Services
    Governments have traditionally spent billions paying for social support systems with little understanding of their actual social outcomes. Too often, they base program funding on outputs and activity rather than measurable impact.

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  • Slicing the Pie

    Slicing the Pie
    This paper looks at the various transfer payments that the federal government makes to provinces, organizations and people, and how those payments are allocated throughout the country.

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  • Low Water Blues

    Low Water Blues
    An Economic Impact Assessment of Future Low Water Levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

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  • Oliver’s flawed facts

    Oliver’s flawed facts
    Ontario a net contributor to Canada, Ottawa’s assertions notwithstanding.

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Latest research

July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Gold, Matthew Mendelsohn

Better Outcomes for Public Services

Achieving social impact through outcomes-based funding
The latest from Mowat in our ongoing Shifting Gears research partnership with KPMG, this study looks at the growing global trend toward outcomes-based program funding. More
July 10, 2014 | Noah Zon

Slicing the Pie

Principles for Allocating Transfer Payments in the Canadian Federation
Two thirds of the federal government's budget each year are redistributed to provinces and territories, organizations and people through transfer payments. More

 

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July 29, 2014

How Ontario lost 300,000 manufacturing jobs (and why most aren’t coming back)

Automation, globalization, exchange rates, and low productivity help explain why manufacturing employment has dropped from 15.8% to 10.3% of Ontario's workforce.
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July 14, 2014

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.
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July 14, 2014

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

Latest news

July 11, 2014 | Matthew Mendelsohn

Canada’s Finance Minister is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts

This week, the National Post published my op-ed addressing recent comments made by Canada’s federal Finance Minister regarding Ontario’s long-standing criticism of federal policies governing fiscal transfers and their impact on Ontario’s balance sheet. More
May 29, 2014

Labour Market Development Agreements have failed to keep pace with modern Canadian labour markets

On May 29, 2014, Mowat Centre Director Matthew Mendelsohn provided expert testimony to a House of Commons Standing Committee, as they study the $2B annual Labour Market Development Agreements. More

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