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July 13, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Policy on a Patio

With patio season upon us, let’s celebrate Ontario’s 150th!

June 22, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Request for Supplier Qualifications: Polling/Survey Research Services

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. The purpose of this invitation is to gather information and quotes about supplier capabilities and qualifications in order to pre-qualify suppliers for an upcoming Mowat Centre research project and ensure timely selection of suppliers once project scope and funding are finalized. This invitation does not create, nor give rise to the applicable legal rights or duties of a formal, legally-binding procurement process. The Mowat Centre reserves the right to accept or reject any or all quotes as a result of pre-qualification. The Mowat Centre is an independent public policy think tank located at the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. The Mowat Centre is Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy. It undertakes collaborative applied policy research, proposes innovative research-driven recommendations, and engages in public dialogue on Canada’s most important national issues. It seeks to inform and revitalize Canada’s public policy agenda from the Ontario perspective, given new Canadian and global realities. For further information, please visit Scope of Requested Services The domain of scope for the proposed survey research has not yet been fully defined. Proposed survey length could range from 10 key questions with a survey size of 1000 Canadians, to a longer, more in-depth survey with up to 50 close-ended questions, with a larger sample size, based on final project scope. The supplier would be responsible for fielding the survey(s), as well as coding and processing survey responses to prepare the data for analysis (which would be performed by Mowat Centre staff). Survey questions/content will be developed by Mowat Centre staff, but the supplier will provide feedback on proposed question phrasing, sample size, field dates and length, as well as collection methods (e.g. telephone, internet). The proposed population sample should be geographically and demographically representative of the Canadian population, with specific oversamples (if any – potential oversample of Ontarians) to be defined in conjunction with the client. Survey data will be provided to the client in the form of banner tables, along with a file-type compatible with SPSS, or Stata. Out of Scope:
  • Analysis of data trends will be performed by Mowat Centre staff and will not be required from the supplier.
  • English-French translation will also be performed by Mowat staff and will not be required from the supplier.
  • Delivery of a nationally-fielded survey that assesses the values and attitudes of Canadians based on the survey parameters described above.
  • Coded and processed survey data for analysis. Survey data will be provided to the Mowat Centre in the form of banner tables, along with a file-type compatible with SPSS or Stata.
Submission Requirements The successful supplier should provide quotes related to two potential scenarios:
  1. Survey with up to 15 close-ended questions, fielded nationally, 1000 sample
  2. Survey with up to 50 close-ended questions, fielded nationally, 3000 sample
Respondents may choose to provide bids on one or both scenarios listed above. Responses should include:
  • Information related their standard proposed field methods/options,
  • Proposed sample size adjustments (if any),
  • Expected field time and time expected to complete data processing,
  • Expected costs (e.g. per question/sample size),
  • Any other associated fees and relevant service offerings.
In their submissions, suppliers should demonstrate experience conducting survey research/polling across Canada, with experience delivering public policy opinion or attitudes/values surveys considered an asset. Anticipated Project Timelines Expected start date for the work is September 1, 2017. Expected completion date is no later than December 1, 2017. Intellectual Property The Mowat Centre will retain copyright to all products submitted under the above deliverables. Deadline and Submission Procedure Completed proposals should be submitted via email by 11:59 PM EST on July 7, 2017. Guidelines:
  1. Prices should be in Canadian Dollars.
  2. Suppliers should:
    1. Provide a brief outline of the qualifications, expertise and experience to deliver the services outlined.
    2. Provide a breakdown of the resources that will be assigned to complete the deliverables.
    3. Provide a cost breakdown for each deliverable and the overall fixed price of the quote.
Bids are to be submitted via email in word or pdf formats. Download PDF here.. Interested proponents should direct submissions and all communications to: Reuven Shlozberg 416-9787090 The University of Toronto complies with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). Bidders requiring accommodation are encouraged to contact Reuven Shlozberg at the email or phone number listed above.  
May 29, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Emerging Energy Trends Conference

A one-day forum exploring the future of energy in Ontario More
April 20, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Is the Ontario workforce ready for the future?

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
March 1, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Andrew Parkin


January 26, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Andrew Parkin Appointed Director of the Mowat Centre

TORONTO – The University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) today announced the appointment of Andrew Parkin as the new Director of the Mowat Centre. More
December 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

When it comes to health care, the federal and provincial governments are arguing over growth rates. Here’s why that’s the wrong conversation.

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
December 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Evidence-based New Year’s Policy Resolutions for Canada in 2017

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
October 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2016

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2015-16 year. More
October 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Thinking About Basic Income

Is a basic income good public policy? If so, how should it be delivered, and to whom? More
October 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges. More
July 14, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: Policy on a Patio

Summer is here, and patio season is upon us! More
June 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Unpacking Impact Conference

A one-day forum for exploring impact measurement for social enterprises. More
April 7, 2016 | Mowat Centre

More research, better data required to understand and adapt to climate impacts on the Great Lakes

New report from CGLR and Mowat says uncertainty about future water levels and gaps in data affect climate adaptation decisions. More
March 15, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Canada’s overly complex tariff system carries high burden for low return

Eliminating majority of import tariffs would boost productivity for relatively low cost. More
March 7, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Request for Proposals: Future Drivers and Trends Affecting Energy Development in Ontario

Update: Project award

Project components were divided between the following successful bidders:
  • Cynthia Chaplin
  • 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
February 10, 2016 | Mowat Centre

If governments think regulating Uber is complicated, just wait for self-driving cars

New Mowat report says automated vehicles are coming fast and governments need to plan now

January 26, 2016 | Mowat Centre, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Emerging Stronger 2016

Measuring Progress, Charting a New Course

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
January 21, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Back from the Brink

Lessons from the federal-provincial dispute about the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

In 2015, the federal and Ontario governments were engaged in a dispute over the federal refusal to cooperate with the administration of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. More
December 23, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Matthew Mendelsohn Leaving Mowat Centre

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. More
December 21, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat’s favourite policy writing of 2015 (the ones we didn’t write)

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
December 9, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Impact Report 2010-2015

Mowat Centre’s Impact Report provides an overview of publications, activities and public policy impact from our first five years. More
November 19, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Policy in a Pub: The Future of Canada’s Social Architecture

The community of people working on public policy issues in the GTA extends far beyond Queen's Park or City Hall. More
October 29, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Searching for Solutions on Climate: An Evening with Scientist and Author Tim Flannery

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. More
October 27, 2015 | Mowat Centre, Broadbent Institute

Step Change

Federal Policy Ideas Toward a Low-Carbon Canada

This Mowat Centre-Broadbent Institute joint report looks at policies in addition to carbon pricing that the federal government could introduce to help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. More
October 27, 2015 | Mowat Centre

New report lays out seven policies to steer Canada towards a low-carbon economy

In lead-up to UN climate conference in Paris, new federal government must go beyond carbon pricing More

July 9, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2015

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2014-15 year. More
July 8, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Mowat announces new research executive leads for Mowat Energy and Mowat NFP

The Mowat Centre is pleased to announce two senior appointments to lead the Centre’s Energy and Not-For-Profit research hubs. More
April 6, 2015 | Mowat Centre, Sunil Johal, Jamie Van Ymeren

Mowat Centre presents on Social Finance to House of Commons Standing Committee

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. More
February 13, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Three pieces of advice for the federal government on its new Innovation Hub

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. More
January 28, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Ms. Naomi Alboim

Fellow, Adjunct Professor and Chair, SPS Policy Forum, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

January 1, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal

Policy Director

January 1, 2015 | Mowat Centre

Richard Carlson

Senior Energy Policy Associate, Mowat Energy

December 1, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Brokering Success Release Webinar

On Tuesday, December 2, join us for the release of Brokering Success, a Mowat Centre report on improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagement. More
November 26, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2014

Mowat Centre’s annual report provides an overview of our publications, activities and public policy impact for the 2013-14 year. More
November 20, 2014 | Mowat Centre

SPPG Event: In Conversation with Governor Martin O’Malley

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
November 4, 2014 | Mowat Centre

A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario

Discussion Paper
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
September 11, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre welcomes Mike Moffatt as Chief Economist

The Mowat Centre today announced the appointment of Mike Moffatt as the Centre’s new Chief Economist. More
July 14, 2014 | Mowat Centre

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.
July 14, 2014 | Mowat Centre

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
July 10, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Not Just Equalization—Many Federal Transfer Programs Fail Basic Tests of Transparency, Efficiency and Fairness, Says New Mowat Analysis

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. More
July 3, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Visit from The Development Research Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

The DRC sent a delegation of 21 individuals from the Chinese think tank to visit Canada and meet with various organizations. Mowat was honoured to be one of their stops. More
June 24, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Four changes to the TFW program that would help Canadian businesses

Recently, Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced new changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program (TFW). More
May 5, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Rebuilding Ontario with Matthew Mendelsohn and Mike Moffatt

The cities and towns of our province’s once mighty manufacturing base are facing the fallout of global economic change that has seen tens of thousands of jobs being shed, year-after-year. More
April 29, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Canada’s broken system of federal spending and transfers

Matthew Mendelsohn discusses Canada’s broken system of federal spending and transfers with CBC’s Lang & O’Leary.  More
April 28, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Broken System of Federal Redistribution Is Transferring Billions Per Year Away From Ontario

Federal programs have not kept pace with Canada’s changing economy

March 20, 2014 | Mowat Centre

What Happens Now? Post LTEP Conference

On March 20, Mowat Energy hosted a successful conference at the Ontario Heritage Centre in Toronto. More
February 26, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Ontario Made-Summary Report

Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century
This paper analyzes the economic factors behind the recent struggles of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, and offers recommendations as to what Ontario can do to cultivate this sector. More
January 30, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Jobs Reality Check, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

The economy seems to be at the top of mind for many Ontarians and job creation at the top of mind for governments. More
January 29, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Professor Anita Anand

Professor, Academic Director, Centre for the Legal Profession and Program on Ethics in Law and Business, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

January 1, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Lisa Lalande

Executive Lead, Mowat NFP

January 1, 2014 | Mowat Centre

Sara Ditta

Policy Associate

December 19, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Ontario is getting short-changed, and it’s not ‘just math’

Ontarians deserve an explanation for why their transfer payments from Ottawa are going down while every other province’s are going up. More
November 28, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Nudge unit: civil servants should turn behavioural insights on themselves

Canadian academics say behavioural insights are an effective tool to drive civil service reform. More
October 30, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Canada and its Natural Resources

This report presents the results of a national survey of 2000 Canadians, offering an in-depth view of Canadians’ opinions on natural resource development. More
September 1, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2012-13

Mowat Centre's 2012-13 annual report with updates on our year's publications, events, staff and media presence. More
April 11, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Council of the Great Lakes Region Launch

On April 11-12, 2013, the Mowat Centre and the Canada-US Law Institute, in partnership with many regional actors, launched a new bi-national organization to advance effective and coordinated private sector, public sector, and civil society responses to our shared regional challenges: the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR). More
February 28, 2013 | Mowat Centre

The Mowat Centre’s Third Anniversary and Panel Discussion

Over two hundred invited guests attended The Mowat Centre’s Third Anniversary celebration, Beyond Dutch Disease: Ontario’s Place in the Evolving Canadian Economy, and a panel discussion on Ontario’s economic future. More
January 29, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Mr. George R.M. Anderson

Senior Mediation Expert, United Nations Mediation Support Unit

January 1, 2013 | Mowat Centre

Scott Perchall

Director, Strategic Communications and Operations

September 28, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Partnership Grants Working Session Notes

ONN Conference, Policy to Practice September 28, 2012 On September 28, 2012 twenty-five recipients of the Partnership Grants Program met to discuss organizational and sector capacity issues. Specifically, the recipients considered whether a network of twenty-seven Partnership Grants might be developed to allow the unique projects to work together, to learn from one another and to strengthen not-for-profit (NFP) sector capacity in Ontario. Mowat NFP committed to share its research agenda and report back on the discussions at the Partnership Grants Working Session. More
September 24, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Voter Equality Public Meeting

Voter Equality: What the New Boundaries Mean For You. Matthew Mendelsohn and Mowat Fellow Michael Pal spoke to approximately 100 participants at a public meeting at the Bram & Bluyma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library in order to explain how the new electoral boundaries affect voters in the Greater Toronto area, and about the general principle of representation by population. More
September 1, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Annual Report 2011-12

Mowat Centre's first annual report for the year 2011-12 with updates on our year's publications, events, staff and media presence. More
June 20, 2012 | Mowat Centre

EI Public Panel Discussion

Making it Work? The New EI Rules and What They Mean for Workers, Businesses, and Ontario A public discussion on the new rules of Employment Insurance was hosted by the Mowat Centre in June, 2012 at the Al Green Theatre in downtown Toronto. More
March 15, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Energy Technology Policy Roundtable

Approximately twenty policy advisors and professionals representing a cross-section of the provincial energy sector were invited by the Mowat Centre to give their feedback on a developing Mowat research paper on energy technology in mid-March, 2012. More
January 29, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Ms. Joan Andrew

Vice-chair, Niagara Park Commission

January 3, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Stefanie Folgado

Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator

January 2, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Erich Hartmann

Practice Lead, Intergovernmental Affairs

January 1, 2012 | Mowat Centre

Paul Sommerville

Executive Director, Mowat Energy

December 2, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Strengthening the Third Pillar of the Canadian Union: Roundtable Discussion Event

In December, 2011 the Mowat Centre hosted a roundtable discussion and information-sharing session for the non-profit sector. More
November 16, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Official Launch of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force’s Final Report and Recommendations

The final report and recommendations of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force were released in November 2011 at a sold-out luncheon event co-hosted by the Mowat Centre and the Canadian Club. More
November 7, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Shifting Gears Papers’ Release Academic Symposium

An academic symposium, Shifting Gears: The Future of Public Services in an Age of Fiscal Restraint was held in November 2011 and co-hosted by the Mowat Centre and York University’s Centre for Global Challenges. More
September 7, 2011 | Mowat Centre, Stephen Jones

The Effectiveness of Training for Displaced Workers with Long Prior Job Tenure

Stephen Jones investigates the effectiveness of policies to help workers displaced from long-tenure jobs. More
June 21, 2011 | Mowat Centre

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region Summit

On June 21 and 22, the Mowat Centre and the Washington, D.C. based Brookings Institution convened the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region Summit. More
May 1, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Benchmarking and Canadian Federalism

Benchmarking arrangements are being increasingly adopted in federal systems. More
May 1, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Ontario and the Green Economy

This half-day symposium on Ontario and the Green Economy was organized in collaboration with two leading Canadian environmental organizations: More
April 11, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Joanne Cave


February 1, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Consultation Report Back

This report outlines the central themes that emerged through the Task Force’s consultation process. The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance Task Force that is examining Canada’s support system for the unemployed. More
January 29, 2011 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Keith Banting

Research Chair in Public Policy and Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

January 29, 2010 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Robin Boadway

Emeritus Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Queen's University

January 1, 2010 | Mowat Centre

Bradley Kulay

Business Officer

January 29, 2009 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Neil Bradford

Associate Professor of Political Science, Huron University College, Western University

January 29, 2008 | Mowat Centre

Mr. Charles Cirtwill

President and CEO, Northern Policy Institute

January 29, 2007 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Miles Corak

Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

February 1, 2006 | Mowat Centre

Reuven Shlozberg

Knowledge & Information Coordinator

January 29, 2006 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Peter Dungan

Adjunct Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management

January 1, 2006 | Mowat Centre

Elaine Stam

Senior Digital Communications Specialist

January 29, 2005 | Mowat Centre

Ms. Sonya Gulati

Manager, KPMG Public Sector Advisory

January 29, 2005 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Michel Grignon

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, McMaster University Associate Member, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

January 1, 2005 | Mowat Centre

Jordann Thirgood

Policy Associate

January 29, 2004 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Martin Horak

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Local Government Program, Western University

January 29, 2003 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Andrew Jackson

Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, York University

January 1, 2003 | Mowat Centre

Michael Crawford Urban

Policy Associate

January 29, 2002 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Kory Kroft

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto

January 1, 2002 | Mowat Centre

Jamie Van Ymeren

Policy Associate

January 29, 2001 | Mowat Centre

Dr. Robert Luke

Vice President, Research & Innovation - OCAD University