Past Projects

The Public Policy Forum has led thousands of roundtables and events and produced hundreds of reports on many key topics since our inception in 1987. This site features reports going back to 2016 as well as our most popular and referenced publications, which you can find here. If there is a specific report you cannot find, please contact us

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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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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Your Energy Future

After 10 months of consultations and conversations, the three YEF Task Forces presented their final reports on March 9, 2018.

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Respect the Referees

The Canadian energy sector is changing, rapidly. The drivers of these changes are local, national, global, environmental, economic and more. Energy regulators face increasing pressure to find balance among competing priorities, and to meet the high standards to which they are held by stakeholders.

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Pathways to Sustainable Access to Innovative Medicines for Canadians

About the project: Many new medicines pose challenges and opportunities for Canada’s healthcare system. They stretch the ability of government to manage incremental costs, to ensure Canadians have access to products that deliver significantly better patient outcomes, and to position Canada as a centre of global investment and innovation. Innovative medicines—defined in Canada as “…a drug...

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Political Financing in Canada

In October 2017, the Public Policy Forum and Elections Canada held a roundtable discussion on political financing. Invited experts, including academics, journalists, former political party organizers and other professionals, discussed public and private financing, transparency and campaign spending. The goals of the roundtable were: to foster a thoughtful exchange of ideas on the administration of...

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Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit

The Public Policy Forum and the Government of Ontario hosted the first Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit in Toronto on Feb. 9-10, 2018. The digital age creates opportunities for people to participate in society, the economy and civic life in new ways – to build businesses, movements, and communities. But we know that those opportunities aren’t...

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Agents of Parliament

About the project: How can the oversight and guidance of Canada’s agents of Parliament and legislatures be improved while maintaining their autonomy within our Westminster governance model? The Public Policy Forum is studying the current and evolving role of agents, which are better known to Canadians as auditors-general, ethics commissioners and electoral officers, among others....

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Canada’s Innovation Stars: Meet the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award laureates

The 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award For the second year in a row, Governor General David Johnston honored eight of Canada’s trailblazing innovators who reshaped lives nationally and abroad. In 2017, awards were handed out to a new way of treating hearing deficits in developing countries around the globe, plastics in the body that will...

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Canada Growth Summit: Bold ideas and untapped opportunities

While slow economic growth is a global phenomenon, the PPF’s Growth Summit on October 12, 2016, reinforced the fact that Canada has many options to make its economy more competitive on the global stage. The report says the road map for a strong Canada with a competitive economy includes four key areas: Setting the stage...

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Making an Independent Senate Work

The Public Policy Forum sought out two of the most independent-minded Senators of the past generation, Michael Kirby and Hugh Segal — one who sat as a Liberal, the other as a Conservative, and both of whom fulfilled their duties in an independent-minded manner. We asked them to jointly consider what it will take for...

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