Current Projects


Reconciliation and Corporate Canada: Advancing Progress on Call to Action #92

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is working with its partners to identify corporate champions of reconciliation. These Canadian champions will help develop a knowledge base which the Canadian government, government partners and corporate Canada can use to implement call to action #92, in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) report. Call to action #92 identifies a number of goals including consent, economic development, equitable jobs, and intercultural training.

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Emerging Indigenous Policy Leaders

As part of her PPF PM Fellowship, Karen Restoule's project will bring together 15-20 highly engaged, Indigenous thought leaders to co-create a vision for what Indigenous nation-building, Indigenous leadership and a renewed nation-to-nation relationship look like—and what is needed to achieve concrete change.

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Governance in the Digital Age

About the project In 2016–2017, the Public Policy Forum dedicated its annual Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship to the idea of “governance in the digital age.” Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow Kent Aitken‘s goal was to explore and explain how the world is changing and how governments are responding.  The resulting report is intended as...

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Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-based Sport

The Public Policy Forum, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, held five roundtables in locations throughout Canada. The goals for these sessions was to raise awareness of emerging issues and deepen our understanding of what values-based sport is; to bring out compelling examples of where values-based sport is already making a difference; to expose the barriers to values-based sport; and to identify the pivotal levers of change, in policy and practice, that will cement values into every aspect of Canadian sport.

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Energy Regulator Dialogues

The Energy Regulator Dialogues, a pilot project, will initially run for three years beginning in Fall 2018. The objectives of the initiative are to connect representatives of Canadian regulators and to create a space in which regulators can share best practices and learn from one another.

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Local News & Democracy

At the start of 2018, PPF, with the support of our six partners, decided to dive deeper into the state of local and community news media. We set out to examine how, exactly, journalistic coverage of communities across Canada has changed over the past decade.

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Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for Indigenous Peoples and Canada

This project will involve Inuit, Métis and First Nations people in helping translate the impetus for economic reconciliation into actionable policy recommendations to break down barriers and open greater economic opportunity. The Inuit conference will be in Inuvik in November 2018. The events bring together community leaders, Indigenous business leaders, academics, policymakers and young people.

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Canada’s Public Service Digital Leadership

PPF is putting together a working group to engage change leaders in the Government of Canada to propagate a change mentality and digitally savvy leadership as part of the digital transformation of government.

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Canada-U.S. Border – Technology and the Global Context

About the project: Canada’s border policies need to adjust to a rapidly evolving global context. Expediting the global movement of both people and goods without sacrificing security is a key challenge for a country like Canada, an open economy with a heavy dependence on trade. New approaches to trade facilitation are demanded. Moreover, as with national...

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Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Key Sectors of the Canadian Economy

About the project:  We know the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will have far-reaching implications for our world, but we know very little about those implications. Researchers and business leaders are moving quickly to explore and exploit an ever-growing field of AI advantages and opportunities. Policy makers, recognizing the profound importance, seek an appropriate framework,...

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Governor General’s Innovation Awards

The Governor General’s Innovations Awards were created to foster a culture of innovation by recognizing the outstanding and groundbreaking work taking place in our country. The GGIA are sustained through the efforts of founding and nominating partners. Winners are selected through a two-stage, merit-based selection process. The selection process is administered by the Canada Foundation...

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The Future of Work

 The Great Unbundling: How Autonomous, Digital, On-Demand and Precarious Work are Shaping Canada is a three-year PPF initiative to advance national policy on the future of work.

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Social Media and Democracy

About the Project: Evidence from recent elections around the world suggests that individuals, organizations and governments have used digital technologies to pose new risks to electoral integrity and social cohesion. Many of the threats posed by new technologies are familiar — fake news, propaganda, theft of information — but the scale, speed, reach, ease and sophistication...

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Open Governance and APIs: Delivering on Canada’s Digital Service Potential

About the project:  Successive governments have tried to tackle information technology (IT) and service delivery modernization. Government officials and potential vendors alike complain about procurement and internal IT regimes that seem to stymie innovation, drive up costs to taxpayers and frustrate individuals on all sides. While progress has been made, it is not occurring at...

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Putting Reconciliation into Practice: Inclusion and Action

After a sold-out first edition, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) is once again offering this professional development opportunity exclusively for public service executives to explore in-depth how reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples can be put into practice. 

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