Provinces, Policy Innovation and the Future of Canada
In November 1967, the Premier of Ontario convened the landmark Confederation of Tomorrow conference. The event allowed political leaders from all ten provinces to share their perspectives on the country's promising future and identify priorities for change.More
On May 29, 2017, Mowat Energy hosted an international conference exploring the future of energy in Ontario. This outcomes report is a comprehensive rendition of the proceedings of the conference which includes a detailed description of the discussions that occurred and the panel responses to the very helpful questions from the floor. In addition, links to the Conference Agenda and Speaker Bios, and a video of the entire conference are included in the Appendix.More
Background and Purpose
The Mowat Centre is requesting quotes from suppliers to deliver polling/survey research services in support of a research project focused on the values and attitudes of Canadians related to a number of public policy issues. This study will provide up-to-date, rigorous and balanced evidence on Canadians’ attitudes toward one another, their country and a rapidly shifting global political context. It will assess whether and how Canadian attitudes have shifted along with, or in response to, recent global events.More
Rapid technological change is disrupting work realities in both obvious and subtle ways. What key skill sets will be essential to success in the increasingly automated and flexible workplace on the horizon?More
Uber, the driver-for-hire service, announced on Sunday that it would release rider data for city planners to study. But Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre questions whether the data will truly be a useful tool or if it's just a PR move by Uber.More
Canada’s federal and provincial governments failed to reach a long-term agreement on health care funding in Ottawa yesterday. Time will tell whether this failure represents an impasse, or just one of many rounds of negotiation to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement.More
As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can take pride in how far we’ve come as a country. We’ve connected a vast, sprawling and culturally diverse territory into a strong, inclusive and vibrant country and one of the world’s most prosperous and multicultural nations.More
Erich Hartmann, Mowat's Practice Lead - Intergovernmental Affairs, explains how Canada's Equalization program and other transfer payments work in the context of the recent economic downturn in Alberta.More
Toronto issued new draft rules today for ride-hailing services like Uber and traditional taxis. Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre says that they're a step in the right direction, but regulators need to be proactive about industry disruptors.More
Project components were divided between the following successful bidders:
International Energy Transition GmbH and Meister Consultants Group
National Regulatory Research Institute
Navigant Consulting Ltd.
Sweco International AB
Waters Wye Associates Ltd
Mowat Energy is conducting a comprehensive study of emerging trends facing the energy sector, with a focus on the drivers and potential trajectories of energy transformation in Ontario and on the effects of energy transformation on Ontario’s energy sector and beyond.More
Emerging Stronger is a five-year agenda aimed at spurring growth and prosperity in Ontario. It is the product of extensive consultation conducted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Mowat Centre and Leger.More
Matthew Mendelsohn will be leaving his position as Director of the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre. The founding director of the public policy think tank at the School of Public Policy & Governance [SPPG] will be stepping down in January 2016 to take up a position as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Results and Delivery) in the Privy Council Office with the federal government.
Working at Mowat, we get to read a lot of writing about public policy. While most of that work is solid and thoughtful, sometimes we come across pieces in the sea of pixels and pdfs that truly standout. They make us pause and say “wow, I wish we wrote that.”More
In advance of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Mowat Centre and Broadbent Institute invite you to an evening with internationally acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery.
On March 26, 2015, Mowat Centre Policy Director Sunil Johal and Policy Associate Jamie Van Ymeren provided expert testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Their remarks focused on social impact bonds, outcomes-based funding and the role governments can play in providing an enabling environment and supportive infrastructure for social finance and innovative program delivery. These are their opening remarks.
This week the Privy Council Office launched its new Central Innovation Hub, which means Canada just joined a growing list of countries establishing innovation labs at the very heart of government.
Join us on November 25 for a special event that will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in conversation with Former Ontario Premier, Bob Rae. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.More
The Mowat Centre, the Northern Policy Institute, and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity are convening a broad range of economic stakeholders in Ontario to develop a Federal Economic Agenda for our province. More
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
A substantial portion of the $163 billion in annual federal transfers to provinces is doled out in ways that fail to meet basic tests of transparency, efficiency and fairness, according to a new study released today by the Mowat Centre.