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Jordann Thirgood

Since joining Mowat in 2015, Jordann has contributed to a variety of projects on fiscal federalism, the sharing economy, and the impact of technological innovation on Canada’s labour market and social programs. Prior to this, she spent two years working in the financial sector and ran a pro bono policy consulting firm for non-profit organizations in the GTA. Jordann holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto, and an Honours degree in International Development Studies from the University of Guelph.

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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 8, 2018 | Sunil Johal, Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood

Megatrends shaping the future of tourism

In this research contribution for the OECD's Tourism Trends and Policies 2018, The Mowat Centre discusses megatrends affecting the future of tourism. More
October 19, 2017 | Jordann Thirgood, Scott McFatridge, Mercedes Marcano

Ontario is transitioning to a green economy. How can we ensure that decent work will be available?

Economies around the world are in transition as businesses, citizens and governments embrace new ways of generating growth that put less strain on the planet. More
October 11, 2017 | Jordann Thirgood, Scott McFatridge, Mercedes Marcano, Jamie Van Ymeren

Decent Work in the Green Economy

As Ontario and other provinces move toward a greener economy, policymakers should consider the implications of these changes on employment opportunities, and particularly opportunities for decent work. Decent Work in the Green Economy, a new report from the Mowat Centre and Smart Prosperity Institute, explores this challenge. The report identifies where workers might be vulnerable to disruption, and considers where policy intervention may be beneficial. More
September 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood

Putting bold ideas into action

Building the nation beyond Canada 150

As the nation celebrated its 150th birthday this summer, Canadians naturally reflected on what the country has accomplished over the past century and a half. 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 27, 2017 | Jordann Thirgood

What if you could take it with you?

A portable benefits scheme for all Canadian workers

Imagine it’s the year 2067. Fifty years from now, what it means to work and have a career has changed entirely and Canada’s labour market is nearly unrecognizable. Innovation and investment have left the economy booming and labour productivity has hit a record high, but almost no one works in the once-standard nine-to-five form of employment. More
March 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

What is a “sharing economy” anyway?

Statistics Canada recently reported that 2.7 million Canadians participated in the “sharing economy” between November 2015 and October 2016 – and spent $1.31 billion doing so. More
March 14, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

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. 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
November 22, 2016 | Sunil Johal, Jordann Thirgood

Working Without a Net

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. 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
July 13, 2016 | Jamie Van Ymeren, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Morden

Will Pokémon Go forever change the face of government?

Here at Mowat, we talk a lot about the policy implications of disruptive technologies and ideas. In recent years, we’ve written about how policymakers can prepare for shifting realities and changes on the horizon. More
March 9, 2016 | Sunil Johal, Noah Zon, Jordann Thirgood, Jane Stacey

Policies for the tourism sharing economy

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. More
June 18, 2015 | Jordann Thirgood

The 50% tax tipping point: fact or fiction?

One of the policy ideas getting more attention as the federal election approaches is the role of tax reform in generating revenue and correcting income inequality in Canada. More