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  • Delivering Benefit: Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario

    Delivering Benefit: Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario

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  • BOLD IDEAS:<br />Creating a Ministry of Failure in Canadian government

    BOLD IDEAS:
    Creating a Ministry of Failure in Canadian government

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  • How to Build a Skills Lab:<br />A new model of institutional governance in Canada

    How to Build a Skills Lab:
    A new model of institutional governance in Canada

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  • The Seventy-Five Year Decline

    The Seventy-Five Year Decline

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Latest Research

July 19, 2017 | Jamie Van Ymeren, Sara Ditta

Delivering Benefit

Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario

This report examines the key success factors for designing effective community benefits requirements for large transit infrastructure projects and how their success can be monitored, tracked and measured – particularly for targeted training and recruitment initiatives. More
June 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann, Michael Morden

How to Build a Skills Lab

A new model of institutional governance in Canada

To better align the skills of Canada’s workers with the needs its of employers, significant shortcomings with respect to labour market information need to be overcome. More

Bold Ideas: Policy Beyond Canada 150

As Canada marks its 150th birthday this year, Canadians have a historic opportunity not only to celebrate a century and a half of accomplishments, but also to look forward to what we can achieve in the future. The Mowat Centre is releasing a series of short written pieces and video interviews in the weeks leading up to July 1st that will look ahead and present a variety of bold, potentially transformative policy ideas.

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MARCH 29, 2017

What do Netflix movie recommendations have in common with how government is making big decisions?

As people share more and more information online, algorithms are increasingly used by public and private institutions to leverage that information and quickly analyze it with the aim of providing more efficient and optimal decision-making. Alongside the rise of Big Data, policymakers should consider how this growing reliance on algorithms impacts key objectives.

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Media

July 6, 2017 | Sunil Johal

From fail-safe to safe-to-fail

Creating a Ministry of Failure in Canadian government

Failure is not an option for government. Public dollars are at stake. Political leaders expect perfection in program design and policy thinking to preserve their re-election hopes. Civil servants hoping to move up the career ladder are loathe to admit mistakes. Yet, if governments don’t fail sometimes, how can they successfully tackle the cross-cutting, complex issues that increasingly bedevil society? More

Mowat Opinion

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

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