The Mowat Centre hosted the Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 conference in Toronto on December 11-13, 2017. Over 200 people attended sessions examining the key issues and emerging challenges that are shaping Canada’s future, and the advantages that provincial leadership offers in addressing them. The event marked the 50th anniversary of the original Confederation of Tomorrow conference, a summit of provincial leaders hosted by Ontario’s John P. Robarts which played a crucial role in the evolution of Canadian federalism.
Photos and (where available) videos from each of the conference sessions can be accessed through the links below.
This sesquicentennial year has provided Canadians with an opportunity to celebrate their country’s achievements, to consider how it has changed and to reflect on how it needs to adapt to current and pending challenges.More
Vertical Fiscal Imbalance and Fiscal Risk in Canada
Provincial governments have responsibility for delivering most of Canada’s important social programs, whereas the federal government has the discretion to pick and choose how much it wants to spend to support them at any given time. This results in a fundamental imbalance in the amount of “fiscal risk” federal and provincial governments are exposed to.More
Confederation of Tomorrow Background
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. The conference laid the foundations for a stronger federation amid the energy and excitement of the country’s centennial.
Fifty years later, the need for provincial leadership in Canada is stronger than ever. From equipping citizens with the skills needed in a society increasingly driven by advanced technologies, to building liveable cities, to providing health care, child care and care for the elderly in a sustainable manner, to transitioning to a post-carbon economy, to building a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, to responding to shifting global patterns of migration, the issues that are shaping Canada’s future are ones that necessitate a visionary response from provincial governments.
Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 marked the 50th anniversary of the original Confederation of Tomorrow by assessing how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to these key issues.
Coinciding with the Mowat Centre's Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 conference, The Agenda discusses the challenges of Canadian federation, and the concerns of the various provinces, territories, and Indigenous groups.More
The history books will say that the Confederation of Tomorrow conference was about the Constitution, the Quiet Revolution, official bilingualism, or the expansion of provincial powers. But at its heart, the conference was really about two things: leadership and dialogue.More