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Intergovernmental Economic & Social Policy

The Mowat Centre’s research on intergovernmental economic and social policy looks at issues that matter to Ontarians and to Canadians through the lens of our federal system. Canada’s federal character shapes the economic and social policies that are essential to Canadians’ prosperity and well-being. Our research is focused on informing strong debates and sound decision-making on public policy for our federation. This includes a strong emphasis on Ontario’s unique place in the federation.

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Latest research

February 8, 2017 | Peter S. Spiro

Tax Exemptions for Investment Income

Boon or Bane?

The Canadian tax system is riddled with tax exemptions and preferences for many different types of income and taxpayer characteristics. These allow people to pay lower rates of tax, or no tax at all, on some types of income. More
January 4, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Mind the Gap

Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return. Using newly-updated StatsCan data, this report undertakes a quantitative analysis of the elements of the federal government’s revenue raising and spending practices to identify which of those elements lead to net contributions or benefits to the federation, with a particular focus on Ontario. More
September 20, 2016 | Evelyn L. Forget, Dylan Marando, Tonya Surman, Michael Crawford Urban

Pilot Lessons

How to design a basic income pilot project for Ontario

This report makes a series of recommendations for how to design the Basic Income (BI) pilot that the Government of Ontario has proposed to conduct. More
September 9, 2016 | Erich Hartmann, Alexa Greig

Partnership Renewed

Transforming Canada’s Health Funding Arrangements

A rapidly aging population will strain provinces’ current health care delivery models. Transformation in the sector is urgently needed. More
August 16, 2016 | Michael Morden

Back to Work

Modernizing Canada’s labour market partnership

The federal government has signalled its willingness to re-evaluate the intergovernmental framework supporting active labour market policy – the programs governments provide to help unemployed Canadians get back to work. More
April 7, 2016 | Rob Dorling, Kyle Hanniman

Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron

A Cost-Benefit Analysis

A 2014 report from CGLR and Mowat calculated that if extremely low water levels persisted until 2050, the adverse effects on the Great Lakes economy could reach $18.82 billion (USD). More
March 15, 2016 | Mike Moffatt

Making it Simple

Boosting Canadian competitiveness through selective tariff elimination

January 26, 2016 | Mowat Centre, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Emerging Stronger 2016

Measuring Progress, Charting a New Course

Emerging Stronger is a five-year agenda aimed at spurring growth and prosperity in Ontario. It is the product of extensive consultation conducted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Mowat Centre and Leger. More


A series of research papers that look at the social architecture — the  suite of social programs and policies familiar to generations of Canadians — that offer some fresh ideas on how to introduce change and renewal.