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Noah Zon

Noah Zon is the Practice Lead for the Intergovernmental Economic and Social Policy research stream at the Mowat Centre. Prior to joining Mowat, Noah worked in the Ontario government on a range of policy files, including intergovernmental relations and climate change policy. He is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics.

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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
February 10, 2016 | Noah Zon, Sara Ditta

Robot, Take the Wheel

Public policy for automated vehicles

Automated vehicles present a potentially revolutionary change to the way that we move people and goods. At the current pace, they could be ready for public roads on a wide scale within five to ten years. More
January 20, 2016 | Noah Zon, William Forward

Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers. More
December 22, 2015 | Noah Zon

What you should be asking about this week’s announcement about federal transfer payments

On Sunday, the federal government announced the details of the major transfer payments to provinces and territories for the next year. More
November 17, 2015 | Noah Zon

The Sharing Economy and Why it Matters for Policy Makers

In an article from the Public Sector Digest, Mowat Centre Practice Lead of Intergovernmental Economic & Social Policy, Noah Zon, discusses the sharing economy and what it means for public policy. More
June 10, 2015 | Noah Zon, Sunil Johal

Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

Last week an Ontario Superior Court judge heard arguments in a court battle between the City of Toronto and Uber in a case being watched closely by policymakers and regulators from across the country. More
June 9, 2015 | Noah Zon

Like Uber, but for Marge Simpson

Public Policy Lessons from The Simpsons #4
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May 15, 2015 | Noah Zon

How Employment Insurance is like a Discman

This week, we launched a project looking at the state of Canada’s social architecture — the core social programs and policies that Canadians rely on to protect against risk and ensure that basic needs are met. More
May 13, 2015 | Thomas Granofsky, Miles Corak, Sunil Johal, Noah Zon

Renewing Canada’s Social Architecture Framing Paper

This paper outlines the focus of the Renewing Canada's Social Architecture project - looking at the ways that Canada has changed and where our social policies and programs have failed to keep pace. More
May 13, 2015 | Noah Zon

Access to Affordable Housing

This report examines the pressures on access to affordable housing in Canada and the options available to address housing needs. More
April 27, 2015 | Noah Zon

Why you should learn to stop worrying and love the tacocopter

Should we embrace a future where food delivery drones buzz through our skies bearing pizza payloads for their waiting customers? More
March 10, 2015 | Noah Zon

Transfer Payments: Answers to the questions you were too embarrassed to ask

This year the federal government will send $62.5 billion in transfer payments to provincial and local governments — over one quarter of the federal budget. More
February 17, 2015 | Sunil Johal, Noah Zon

Airbnb and Uber are here, and they’re growing. It’s time for policymakers to catch up.

Governments around the world are struggling to cope with new "sharing economy" technology platforms that allow people to buy goods and services directly from one another in "peer-to-peer" transactions. More
February 16, 2015 | Sunil Johal, Noah Zon

Policymaking for the Sharing Economy

Beyond Whack-A-Mole

This report looks at the public policy questions raised by the sharing economy and makes recommendations on how governments should approach these new marketplaces. More
January 16, 2015 | Noah Zon

All redaction, no satisfaction: What happened when we filed an Access to Information request.

Canadians have the right to information about work done on our behalf and paid for by our taxes. More
January 7, 2015 | Noah Zon

The last time your gasoline tax was changed, Joe Carter led the Blue Jays to back-to-back World Series victories

To find the last change to gasoline taxes, you have to go way back to the early 1990s. It was a simpler time... the Blue Jays were World Series Champions. More
December 17, 2014 | Sunil Johal, Nevena Dragicevic, Noah Zon

Merry Nudgemas!

Use science to get what you really want this holiday season.
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December 16, 2014 | Noah Zon

Federal transfer payments – what you need to know

On Monday morning, the federal government announced the major transfer payments to provinces and territories next year. Here's what we know and what we don't. More
December 4, 2014 | Noah Zon

Lisa needs braces, Homer needs a dental plan

Public Policy Lesson from the Simpsons #2
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November 25, 2014 | Noah Zon

What the government isn’t telling you about federal transfers

Too many federal transfer programs fail basic tests of transparency, efficiency, and fairness. More
September 25, 2014 | Noah Zon, Sunil Johal, Matthew Mendelsohn

Five ways that federal decisions make it harder for Ontario to balance its books

The budget presented by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa in July projected a deficit for the seventh year in a row. The province faces difficult choices in order to return to balance. More
September 22, 2014 | Noah Zon, Matthias Oschinski, Melissa Molson

Building Blocks

The Case for Federal Investment in Social and Affordable Housing in Ontario
For one in seven Ontarians at any given time, finding appropriate housing that they can afford is a serious challenge. More
August 22, 2014 | Noah Zon

The Springfield Monorail: How not to build infrastructure

Public Policy Lessons from The Simpsons #1
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August 14, 2014 | Noah Zon

Immigration to Ontario has declined 33% due to Federal government rule changes

For most of the last century, Ontario's population growth was fueled by its status as a magnet for new immigrants. More
August 5, 2014 | Chiara Cautillo, Noah Zon, Matthew Mendelsohn

Rebuilding Canada

A New Framework for Renewing Canada’s Infrastructure
This Mowat Note examines public infrastructure investment in Canada today. Canada has a historic opportunity to rebuild our 20th century nation-defining infrastructure for the 21st century. More
July 10, 2014 | Noah Zon

Slicing the Pie

Principles for Allocating Transfer Payments in the Canadian Federation
Two thirds of the federal government's budget each year are redistributed to provinces and territories, organizations and people through transfer payments. More
April 27, 2014 | Thomas Granofsky, Noah Zon

Cheques and Balances

The Finances of the Canadian Federation
This Mowat Note uses refined methodology to look at how how regional redistribution is being carried out by the Canadian government, and to assess the net annual contribution Ontarians make to the federal government. More
February 10, 2014 | Noah Zon, Nevena Dragicevic

A New Foundation

A Backgrounder for the Housing Action Lab on the Future of Housing in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
This paper provides context and background on housing in the GTHA to help build a shared understanding of core elements, threats, and assumptions. It was prepared for Evergreen’s Housing Lab. More
November 13, 2013 | Sunil Johal, Matthew Mendelsohn, Noah Zon

Let’s Talk

Coordinating Economic Development Spending in Canada
This Mowat Note argues for better coordination of the $20 billion per year that is currently spent on municipal, provincial and federal economic development, R&D, and innovation programs and incentives. More
November 5, 2013 | Nevena Dragicevic, Noah Zon, Jennifer Gold, Sunil Johal

Future State 2030

The global megatrends shaping governments
This report outlines global megatrends facing world governments between today and 2030, and highlights necessary transformative changes and appropriate strategies required for successfully responding to these megatrends. More
June 17, 2013 | Michael Mendelson, Noah Zon

The Training Wheels Are Off

A Closer Look at the Canada Jobs Grant
The 2013 Budget announced the creation of a new program called the Canada Job Grant, slated to begin in April 2014. More
March 28, 2013 | Noah Zon

Filling the Gap

Measuring Ontario's Balance with the Federal Government
This Mowat Note examines the balance between what Ontarians pay to the federal government and the amount returned in services and transfers to Ontario and Ontarians. More