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Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0

Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0

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.

On December 11-13, 2017 in Toronto, the Mowat Centre will mark the 50th anniversary of Confederation of Tomorrow with a policy conference to assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future. The event will refresh the discussion of Canadian federalism by focusing on emerging national and global challenges and the advantages that provincial leadership offers in addressing them.

Join in the conversation with #CoT2

December 11-13, 2017
Toronto, Ontario

More info on the Confederation of Tomorrow website.

December 12, 2017

Confederation of Tomorrow 2.0 Conference

Join us on December 11-13, 2017 in Toronto for a policy conference, hosted by the Mowat Centre, to assess how provinces can initiate innovative policy responses to the issues shaping Canada’s future. More
December 11, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Balance of Risks

Vertical Fiscal Imbalance and Fiscal Risk in Canada

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Confederation of Tomorrow Conference, 1967, Background Papers

Key documents from the original Confederation of Tomorrow Conference. More
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Robarts’ leadership in unifying the country 50 years ago should be celebrated

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Video: Quebec’s Place in Canada

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Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

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