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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.

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April 19, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal on AM 640’s The Morning Show talking about the future of jobs.

Sunil Johal on AM 640's The Morning Show talking public investment in artificial intelligence and its implications for the future of work. More
April 18, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Some companies are injecting their employees with microchips

Sunil Johal on CTV's Your Morning talking about the policy and ethics implications of microchipping employees. More
April 13, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal on The Agenda discussing on-demand public transit

Sunil Johal on TVO's The Agenda's panel on Uber and Innisfil partnering to provide on-demand public transit in the town. More
March 28, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

CBC Here and Now Interview: Regulating Airbnb

Sunil Johal on CBC Here and Now discussing how to regulate Airbnb fairly and beneficially. More
March 22, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

CBC Radio One Ottawa Interview: Automation and the Government Response

Sunil Johal on CBC Radio One Ottawa's Ottawa Morning discussing automation, the needed government response, and what the federal budget can do. More
March 20, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

CHML Radio Interview: How should the federal government handle automation?

Sunil Johal on the Scott Thompson Show discussing what the federal government is and should be doing in response to the challenges of automation. More
March 14, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

CBC Radio Interview: Stop Calling it the Sharing Economy

Sunil Johal on CBC Radio's The 180 with Jim Brown explaining why the term "the sharing economy" may not be the most appropriate. More
March 1, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Video: Canada’s Sharing Economy on CBC’s On the Money

Sunil Johal on CBC's On the Money discussing new StatsCan data on the economic importance of the sharing economy in Canada. More
March 1, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Video: Automation and the Future of Work on TVO’s The Agenda

Sunil Johal on The Agenda discussing the effects of automation on labour force and the challenges this entails for governments. More
February 8, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Video: The future of work discussion on CBC’s On The Money

Sunil Johal talks automation in the workplace with Peter Armstrong. More
January 26, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

Video: CTV Your Morning interview with Sunil Johal on the evolution of the sharing economy

Ben Mulroney chats with Sunil Johal about innovation and fairness in the sharing economy. More
January 10, 2017 | The Mowat Centre

BNN Interview: Discussing Uber’s new rider data

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
October 28, 2016 | The Mowat Centre

Sunil Johal talks to CBC about ‘precarious’ employment

Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre on what you need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of work. More
August 9, 2016 | The Mowat Centre

A little explainer on how equalization payments work: radio interview with Erich Hartmann

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
May 5, 2016 | The Mowat Centre

Video: Sharing the Wealth, Unevenly

Mowat's Policy Director, Sunil Johal on The Agenda for a discussion on Venture capital, the sharing economy and the implications for low paying work and a lack of consumer protection. More
April 7, 2016 | The Mowat Centre

Video: New draft rules for Uber a step in right direction

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
December 16, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Toronto and UberHop

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses Uber's new bus service, UberHop, and what it means for Toronto. More
December 3, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Philanthropy, Government and Community: Setting the Stage for Dialogue

Mowat's Director Matthew Mendelsohn explains the interactions between public policy and philanthropy. More
December 2, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Matthew Mendelsohn at Canada 2020

Mowat's Director Matthew Mendelsohn discusses the potential of local governments in building Canada's economic infrastructure and the findings in our research report, From the Ground Up. More
November 25, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

The sharing economy and precarious work

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal answers Ontario Today listener questions on the sharing economy and what it means for precarious work. More
November 11, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Climate talks heat up

The Broadbent Institute's Executive Director, Rick Smith, discusses a low-carbon Canada and the Mowat Centre-Broadbent Institute joint report, Step Change, with Bruce Sellery on The Exchange. More
November 11, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

The Shared Economy

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the opportunities and risks of Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and the Sharing Economy on CUIT's Beyond the Headlines. More
July 9, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

What to do about Uber

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the challenges Toronto faces when trying to balance the interests of the taxi cab industry and the ride sharing service Uber with Matt Galloway. More
June 10, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Ontario and Manitoba Power Pricing Disparity

Mowat's Richard Carlson discusses why Ontario's power costs are different than those in Manitoba on CBC's Superior Morning with Lisa Laco. More
June 2, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat on Canada AM: Why governments must adapt to the sharing economy

Mowat's Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses how Toronto can develop fair rules for Uber and the taxi industry. More
May 26, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat on CBC’s The Exchange: Next federal government must make Ontario economy a strategic priority

Mowat Centre Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses why Canada needs a Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario on CBC's The Exchange. More
May 17, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Is it time to repair Canada’s social safety net?

Mowat's Sunil Johal discusses Canada's outdated social architecture on CBC's Cross-country Checkup with Rex Murphy. More
May 17, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Mapping a shortcoming in Canada’s statistical data

Mowat's Mark Jarvis discusses the insufficient statistical data available for the mapping of Canada's Hardest Places to Live. More
March 27, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Canadian Energy Strategy

Senior Energy Policy Associate Richard Carlson talks about a possible inter-provincial energy strategy with Amanda Lang on The Exchange. More
February 23, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: CBC Video

Mowat Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the public policy implications of sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb with CBC Radio Canada International. More
February 19, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Beyond “Whack A Mole” on Metro Morning

Governments seem at a loss to know how to deal with services such as Uber and Airbnb. Matt Galloway spoke with Sunil Johal. He is the Policy Director with the Mowat Centre. More
February 18, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

Regulating the sharing economy

Sunil Johal of the Mowat Centre on the delicate balance needed to regulate the sharing economy More
January 22, 2015 | The Mowat Centre

The Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario at the Northern Policy Institute’s Leadership Luncheon

Sunil Johal, the Mowat Centre's policy director, provides an overview of the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario in Thunder Bay. More
November 21, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

The Exchange with Amanda Leary: The Ontario-Quebec alignment feat. Matthew Mendelsohn

Matthew Mendelsohn, director of the Mowat Centre, assesses how an energy pact between the central provinces could shift the national landscape. More
October 7, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

Policy in Precarious Times

Mowat Director, Matthew Mendelsohn joins Steve Paikin and panelists to discuss the changing labour market and the increase in precarious employment. More
September 12, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

Federal cuts to small business EI premiums will do little to fix the problems with Employment Insurance – CBC Metro Morning

Mowat Director Matthew Mendelsohn speaks with CBC's Matt Galloway about the recent federal cut to EI premiums for small businesses. More
September 10, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

Is Ontario once again taking on the role of the Big Sibling of Confederation?

During the past 18 months, Ontario has increasingly been taking on the federal government and strengthening relationships with other provinces. More
September 10, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

AMO AGM & Annual Conference 2014 Keynote Speech by Matthew Mendelsohn

Manufacturing jobs and the sector’s share of GDP have declined sharply. Many communities across the province have felt the impact of factory closures. More
April 14, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

Demonstrating the Results of Capacity Building

Final Report of the Partnership Grants Learning Project
This report was prepared for the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. More
April 11, 2014 | The Mowat Centre

Governments could fund urgently needed infrastructure by ‘recycling’ outdated public assets

New approach to asset management and reinvestment protects public interest while maximizing revenue generation. More
November 13, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

$20 billion annual efforts to spur economic growth hampered by lack of coordination among governments

Canadian governments must do a better job coordinating how they collectively spend $20 billion each year on economic development strategies, says a new report released by the Mowat Centre today. More
November 11, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

New oil pipelines will make sense if there is also a price on carbon emissions, says Mowat Centre

But pipeline projects must also deliver benefits, not just costs, across the country More
October 28, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Future Innovation in Energy Planning Conference Videos

Videos from Future Innovation in Energy Planning: A Special Session to Advise on Ontario’s Long-term Energy Future conference. More
September 26, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Future Innovation in Energy Planning Conference

On September 26, 2013, Mowat Energy hosted Future Innovation in Energy Planning: A Special Session to Advise on Ontario’s Long-term Energy Future. More
June 18, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Ottawa Should Drop the Canada Job Grant

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. More
April 9, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Centre research on a better approach to Canada’s exchange rate policy.

More Stability, Please: A New Policy Approach to Canada's Exchange Rate More
April 1, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Federal Transfer Away From Ontario of Almost $11 Billion Annually, According to New Research from the Mowat Centre

A new report from the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy at the University of Toronto has found that a gap of $11 billion annually exists... More
February 28, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Canada Needs a Digital Economy Strategy

If Canada is to remain globally competitive, we need a digital economy strategy. More
February 28, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat research on regional production incentives in the Canadian film and television industries.

Federal Government Supports for Screen-Based Content Production: Why Regionally-based Production Incentives are Counterproductive in the Digital Economy More
January 29, 2013 | The Mowat Centre

Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Mowat Centre Release Economic Policy Agenda for Ontario

New Mowat Centre research on Ontario's economy released in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. More
December 6, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Research on Homelessness, “Housing First” Approach Recommended Along With Devolution From Federal Government to Provinces

Former New Brunswick Deputy Minister James Hughes discusses policy solutions for homelessness in Canada. More
November 16, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Study Demonstrates Need to Raise Retirement Age

European-Style Pension Protests Avoidable With Gradual Implementation of Changes. New Mowat research on raising the pension age in Canada. More
October 15, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Expanding Our Routes To Success

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
October 2, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Fiscal Federalism: Why Municipal Leaders Should Care

Mowat Centre director Matthew Mendelsohn discusses Ontario's fiscal capacity. More
September 6, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Energy Technology Research From the Mowat Centre Energy Research Hub

A new study which identifies the one key element that could overcome differences on a national energy strategy: changes to how Canadian governments invest in energy technology. More
July 10, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

What the New EI Rules Mean

The federal government is making changes to the Employment Insurance system. This policy brief explains what they mean. More
July 4, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

EI Reform – Aiming East, But Affecting Ontario

Editorial by Arthur Sweetman discusses EI reform. More
April 16, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Study Recommends an Efficient and Cost-Effective Program to Improve Income Security for the Unemployed

The Mowat Centre proposes a new, federal Temporary Unemployment Assistance (TUA) program. More
March 18, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Look Down Under for Solutions to Canada’s Equalization Woes

New Mowat Research Suggests Arm’s Length Agencies Better Administrators for Federated Countries. More
February 23, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Centre Research Note

The New Ontario: The Shifting Attitude of Ontarians Toward the Federation. More
February 6, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Fiscal Transfers Research on Equalization

New Mowat research on Equalization explores expenditure needs. More
January 26, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre and Ontario Chamber of Commerce Release New Economic Vision for Ontario

A new, ambitious and transformative plan for strenthening Ontario's fiscal position. More
January 26, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Releases Censored Equalization Report

Federal report obtained by the Mowat Centre through an Access to Information request in 2010. More
January 25, 2012 | The Mowat Centre

Emerging Stronger

A Transformative Agenda for Ontario
The global economic downturn has accelerated the need to identify a new economic path for the 21st century. More
December 7, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Shifting Gears Symposium: The Future of Public Services in an Age of Fiscal Restrain

What are we trying to achieve at this moment of reinventing government? More
November 14, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Release of Mowat Centre Employment Insurance (EI) Task Force Report and Recommendations

Making It Work: The Mowat Centre Releases its EI Task Force Final Report and Recommendations More
November 11, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

What can fiscally constrained governments do to improve undergraduate education?

Editorial by Ian Clark examines the role of federal governments in academic reform for Canadian Universities. More
October 31, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

New University of Toronto Healthcare Research: A Transformative Blueprint for Reduced Costs, Improved Access and Quality

New research on health care spending recommends transformative changes for fiscal sustainability and improved quality of care. More
October 24, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Proposes Framework for National Transit Strategy

New Mowat research on the need for a comprehensive federal strategy for public transit. More
October 20, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre Study Provides Vision for a New Economic Era in Great Lakes Region

A Mowat paper makes the case that greater cross-border collaboration is critical to the region’s continued prosperity and sustainability. More
October 18, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Canada’s Innovation Underperformance: Whose Policy Problem is It?

Mowat Centre features editorial by Tijs Creutzberg about Canada's performance in innovation. More
October 17, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Centre Research Maps Out Original Proposal to Restore Rep-By-Pop in Canada

Mowat research suggests compromise legislation to restore rep-by-pop in Canada. More
October 14, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

New Research Proposes Radical Changes to Innovation Policy

New Mowat research makes the case for a fundamental re-ordering of how innovation and research and development (R&D) are funded in Canada More
June 9, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Budget 2011 continues inequities in federal support for working Canadians

Mowat Centre features editorial by Jon Medow on EI system. More
May 9, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

When is $500 not $500?

Mowat Centre features editorial on Canada's federal budget. More
April 20, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

New Research Finds that Canada’s EI System is an International Oddity: Treats workers differently based on region of residence

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. More
April 11, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

The New Economics of the NHL: Why Canada Can Support 12 Teams

New Mowat research demonstrates that Canada can support 12 NHL teams – double the current number of franchises. More
April 6, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Ontario Budget: It Takes Two to Untangle

Mowat Centre features commentary by James Pearce concerning Ontario's budget for reconstructing various service sectors. More
March 14, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

A New Agenda for Non-Profits

Mowat Centre features commentary by Elizabeth Mulholland and Matthew Mendelsohn on Ontario's emerging role in supporting non-profits. More
March 11, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

New Mowat Research on Strengthening the Non-Profit Sector in Canada

The Mowat Centre recommends new processes for federal-provincial regulations on non-profits. More
February 21, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Employment Insurance and Social Assistance

For the EI Task Force, John Stapleton discusses the difficulties in transitioning from EI to social assistance. More
February 21, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Rate Setting and Employment Insurance Video

For the Task Force, TD Economics' Grant Bishop discusses problems with EI entrance requirements and the ways in which the EI program is funded. More
February 20, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

About the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force

The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance Task Force to examine Canada's support system for the unemployed.  More
February 11, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Who Bears the Cost of Employment Insurance?

For the Task Force, Arthur Sweetman discusses how EI is disproportionately funded by people with low and middle income levels. More
January 18, 2011 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Aims to Fix Broken EI System

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Meeting in Toronto For Final Consultations. More
December 16, 2010 | The Mowat Centre

The Real Evidence on a National Securities Regulator

Mowat Centre features analysis by Anita Anand concerning Canada's securities regulator regime. More
December 15, 2010 | The Mowat Centre

Yours to Rediscover: A Conversation on the Future of Ontario in Canada

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
December 1, 2010 | The Mowat Centre

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Consultation Workbook

The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance (EI) Task Force that is examining Canada’s support system for the unemployed. More
November 24, 2010 | The Mowat Centre

Making EI Work

Discussion Paper
This discussion paper is intended as a general resource for framing the EI Task Force’s work. More