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Erich Hartmann

Erich Hartmann is the Mowat Centre’s Practice Lead for Intergovernmental Affairs. Erich has a deep knowledge of intergovernmental affairs and federal fiscal issues. Previously, Erich spent 13 years in the Ontario Public Service at the Ministry of Finance in a number of policy and management roles, most recently serving as Manager of Federal-Provincial Relations. Erich holds an MPA and a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University.

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April 30, 2018 | Jordann Thirgood, Kiran Alwani, Erich Hartmann

Engage & Empower

Defining and engaging community in Ontario’s community benefits initiatives

Canada’s governments are investing billions of dollars in large infrastructure projects. If done well, this investment can generate significant social, economic and environmental value as well as empower communities to shape their own future – but only if communities are meaningfully engaged in all stages of the process. More
March 15, 2018 | Erich Hartmann

Federal Budget 2018: Now The Hard Work Begins

The 2018 federal budget contained many positives. Action on gender inequality and the gender wage gap, on research underfunding, and on many other items was long in coming. More
February 22, 2018 | Erich Hartmann

Risk-sharing, not equalization, is failing Alberta Copy

In the weeks leading up to Family Day, Canada’s governments did what many families often do: argue about money. This year’s quibble focused on the Equalization program – and largely missed the mark. More
December 20, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann, Kiran Alwani

Portraits 2017

A Fresh Look at Public Opinion and Federalism

This sesquicentennial year has provided Canadians with an opportunity to celebrate their country’s achievements, to consider how it has changed and to reflect on how it needs to adapt to current and pending challenges. More
December 11, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Balance of Risks

Vertical Fiscal Imbalance and Fiscal Risk in Canada

Provincial governments have responsibility for delivering most of Canada’s important social programs, whereas the federal government has the discretion to pick and choose how much it wants to spend to support them at any given time. This results in a fundamental imbalance in the amount of “fiscal risk” federal and provincial governments are exposed to. More
December 6, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Caleb Holden, Michael Crawford Urban

The Road to Paris

Navigating the intergovernmental path to our climate commitments

This paper looks at a key reason behind Canada’s persistent failure to meet its self-imposed climate change commitments, and proposes a new institution that will be important to overcoming this failure. More
August 24, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Q&A Session on the “Gap”

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. 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
June 1, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Ontario, Oil & Unreliable Data

The complex problems confronting equalization and simple solutions to address them

The Equalization program plays an important role in the fiscal arrangements that underpin Canada’s federal system. However, the program is and will continue to be beset by problems. In this report, the Mowat Centre examines the most critical of these problems: the issues of unpredictability and unequalized fiscal capacity. 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
February 22, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. More
January 4, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Mind the Gap

Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return. Using newly-updated StatsCan data, this report undertakes a quantitative analysis of the elements of the federal government’s revenue raising and spending practices to identify which of those elements lead to net contributions or benefits to the federation, with a particular focus on Ontario. More
December 5, 2016 | Erich Hartmann

The federal government is retreating from health care. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea.

Provincial and Territorial Premiers have called on the Prime Minister for a meeting dedicated to the issue of health care funding. The call comes against the backdrop of federal plans to decrease the growth rate of federal health transfers to the provinces. Without federal action, the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) funding escalator will fall to the 3 per cent floor currently set out in federal legislation starting next year. More
September 9, 2016 | Erich Hartmann, Alexa Greig

Partnership Renewed

Transforming Canada’s Health Funding Arrangements

A rapidly aging population will strain provinces’ current health care delivery models. Transformation in the sector is urgently needed. More