Canada's policy agenda has stalled in recent years. Fresh research and evidence is needed to revive the national conversations about our policy choices.
The Mowat Centre is an independent, non-partisan think tank. Our research focuses on the federal policy frameworks and strategies that will most strongly affect Ontario's prosperity and quality of life in the next century. Our research is comparative, our recommendations are evidence-based and our proposals are grounded in an understanding of how government works and what makes Canada special.
Our research brings new evidence to big and long-standing questions and makes recommendations for new strategies and approaches to some of Canada's most important policy problems.
We conduct our own research, commission research from leading and emerging scholars and engage in collaborative research projects with other organizations.
We consider our research successful if it influences the public conversation, impacts the policy agenda, engages a wide audience and, ultimately, is translated into real policy changes that make Canada a more successful country.
The animating spirit of our research is to suggest new but practical ways of looking at long-standing public policy challenges, free from the constraints of short-term political pressures or policy choices of the past.
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
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
The federal government and the provinces agree that Canada needs more and better skills training for unemployed people. Not only will new skills mean jobs for some Canadians now out of work, our labour market demands highly skilled workers to keep up in the rapidly changing world economy.
The Final Report by Ontario's Expert Roundtable on Immigration
This report represents the advice of the Expert Roundtable on Immigration, which consisted of leaders from the private sector, the settlement services sector, academia, and the not-for-profit sector. More
A new study commissioned by the Mowat Centre in the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto has found that Canada is an international exception because it relies on where one lives to calculate Employment Insurance benefits.
Globe and Mail national columnist John Ibbitson, outgoing president of the United Way Toronto Frances Lankin, former Ontario deputy minister David Cameron, Kasi Rao, Consulting and Mowat Centre director Matthew Mendelsohn engage in a thought-provoking conversation on Ontario's future role in Canada. More