Half of Canadians aged 20 and over have a chronic condition and 15 per cent have two or more. The annual cost to Canada’s economy of lost productivity due to chronic disease is around $122 billion, equivalent to about six percent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). While governments, employers and advocacy organizations have good intentions and are undertaking helpful initiatives, the challenge is immense and it requires a well-informed, broad, integrated response.

This report is based on two main sources of data: interviews with key stakeholders and a review of the related literature to identify how Canadians living with chronic conditions could work without needing to choose between working without supports or leaving the workforce. It provides a broad overview of the issues concerning chronic conditions in the workplace and supports the development of public policy and interventions to assist those with chronic conditions. 

To read or print the report, click the PDF icon in the box above.

The report is also available on Medium and can be read here.

Roundtable on the Future of the Bio-Based Economy in Canada

When: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 09:30 - 16:00

Where: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

The bio-based economy is a driver of innovation and key contributor to Canada’s social, economic, and environmental well-being, through the application of biological tools and processes to the production of  food, energy, chemicals, treatments, diagnostics, and materials.  Yet, it faces a number of challenges, including attracting investment, commercializing new technologies, and attracting and retaining qualified workers. Meanwhile, other countries are investing aggressively in biotechnology, pioneering innovative partnerships between industry and academia, and building the fiscal and regulatory environments in which biotechnology can flourish.

On May 11, 2009, the Public Policy Forum convened experts from industry, academia, and governments for a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the opportunities and challenges facing the bio-based economy in Canada. Expert speakers in the morning discussed how various sectors of the bio-economy are managing through the economic crisis; they identified priorities for action to maintain and increase the economic competitiveness of the bio-economy; and they shared ideas on how the bio-based economy could contribute to Canada’s economic recovery and long-term prosperity.  This set the stage for a deliberative session in the afternoon in which participants considered the framework proposed in BIOTECanada’s blueprint document Beyond Moose and Mountains: Building the World’s Leading Bio-Based Economy, as a starting point for discussion.

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MONTREAL, NOV. 7, 2017 – The Marcel Côté Award for Leadership in Public Policy will be presented to three deserving honourees being recognized for their extraordinary leadership and contribution to public policy and public discourse at a ceremony in Montreal. The honourees are:

·         Matthew Coon Come, Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees

·         Nadine St-Louis, Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions

·         Gabriel Bran Lopez, Founding President of Youth Fusion, André-Yanne Parent and the First Nations and Inuit Programming Team at Youth Fusion

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Hydro Québec Agora, Heart of Sciences at UQAM, 175 President Kennedy Ave., Montreal

Marcel Côté was an economist and founding partner of SECOR Inc., which he helped build into Canada’s largest independent management consulting firm. His advice was sought by corporations, community and cultural organizations, as well as senior-level governments in our country. The Marcel Côté Award was named in his honour in 2015 and is being given out for the third time.

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.


For more information AND media inquiries

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist
Public Policy Forum
613.238.7858 ext. 224
Mobile: 613.806.4967





OTTAWA, NOV. 6, 2017 – Economic reconciliation is not only the fair and right thing to do, but there’s a strong business case for it as well. Canada’s economy would grow by $27.7 billion annually if barriers preventing Indigenous Canadians from participating in the Canadian economy were removed, according to a recent report by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board.

The Public Policy Forum is hosting a conference on Métis Economic Reconciliation on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Winnipeg’s Convocation Hall with an exciting agenda.

This conference focuses on creating and increasing economic opportunities for the Métis Nation and igniting the next generation of Métis entrepreneurship.

The Public Policy Forum is pleased to partner with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada to deliver the second in a three-part series of conferences on reconciliation and inclusive economic growth.

Can’t make it to the event? Watch the conference live starting at 9 a.m. Central / 10 a.m. Eastern on the PPF YouTube channel.

-          To get a notification when the live stream starts, subscribe to our channel.

-          To watch the first conference in the Expanding the Circle series, click here.

News media are welcome to cover the event. Please contact us to register.



The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, Indigenous groups, labour, post-secondary institutions and NGOs to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new paths forward. For 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information AND media inquiries

Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
613.238.7858 ext. 286
Mobile: 613.866.7210




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OTTAWA, OCT. 18, 2017 -– The Public Policy Forum is pleased to announce four new members joining its Board of Directors following yesterday’s Annual General Meeting. The new directors are:

·Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada and former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations

·Andrew Molson, Chairman, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group and Director, Molson Coors Brewing Company

·Ken Neumann, National Director, United Steelworkers and Co-Chair, Canadian Steel Trades and Employment Congress

·Kim Thomassin, Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretariat, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and former Nations Client Leader and Managing Partner for the Québec Region at McCarthy Tétrault


The PPF would like to thank Michèle Boisvert, Ken Delaney, Mark Lievonen and Stephen J. Toope, whose terms on the Board of Directors are ending, for their service and dedication to the organization and to public policy in Canada.


Matthew Coon Come

Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees

Nadine St-Louis

Founder and Executive Director of Sacred Fire Productions

Gabriel Bran Lopez

Founding President of Youth Fusion        

The Public Policy Forum will recognize Matthew Coon Come, Nadine St-Louis and Gabriel Bran Lopez with the Marcel Côté Award for their contributions to public policy at a reception in Montreal on Nov. 7.

  • Matthew Coon Come, for his trailblazing advocacy on behalf of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and First Nations across Canada in the areas of development, human rights and self-determination.
  • Nadine St-Louis, for her remarkable contributions to the social development of Indigenous artists and active role in bringing Indigenous peoples and Quebecers together.
  • Gabriel Bran Lopez, for his Youth Fusion programming which tackles school dropout rates and engages students in learning through hands-on, real world experiences across Québec and particularly in Indigenous communities.

Tickets for the award reception are available through the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.

The Marcel Côté award is presented to Quebecers who demonstrate extraordinary leadership qualities and help improve public policy and public discourse at the municipal, provincial, national and/or international levels. The honourees are selected through a nomination process organized by the PPF.

For more information:

Jonathan Perron-Clow

Communications Specialist

Public Policy Forum

613-238-7858 ext. 224




OTTAWA, OCT. 11, 2017 -– Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the Public Policy Forum, is pleased to welcome Lori Turnbull as a PPF Fellow. An Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Prof. Turnbull focuses her research on Canadian political institutions, democratic reform and the Senate expense scandal.

Prof. Turnbull's work has been published in the Canadian Public Administration journal, the Canadian Political Science Review, the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law and How Ottawa Spends. In 2011, she co-wrote Democratizing the Constitution with Peter Aucoin and Mark Jarvis, a book that won the 2011 Donner Prize and the 2012 Donald Smiley Prize.

Prof. Turnbull is co-chairing the Political Finance roundtable being held by the PPF in conjunction with Elections Canada today in Montreal.

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