The Public Policy Forum has produced hundreds of reports since our inception in 1987. This site features reports from 2016 and after, as well as our most popular and referenced publications from earlier years. If there is a specific report you cannot find, please contact us

The People Imperative: Strategies to Grow Population and Prosperity in Atlantic Canada

Released: Sunday March 18, 2018

The People Imperative consists of two reports released to mark the first of PPF’s three-year project to support the Atlantic Growth Strategy.  Volume 1 is the research story, summarizing literature and research from academics, local organizations, think tanks and governments and focuses on: What attracts immigrants to Atlantic Canada? What causes immigrants to leave the region?...

Transparent and Level: Modernizing Political Financing in Canada

Released: Wednesday March 14, 2018

Transparent and Fair: Modernizing Political Financing in Canada makes eight recommendations aiming to strengthen political finance regulations in Canada. It follows a literature review and a roundtable discussion on political financing on October 11, 2017 that was co-convened with Elections Canada. The day was divided into three discussions focused on the following themes: public and private financing, transparency and campaign spending.

Friends in Low (Carbon) Places – Task Force 1 Final Report

Released: Thursday March 8, 2018

This report seeks the path forward for Canada’s energy future. We examine what a low-carbon future means for R&I communities and their economic well-being, and identify strategies and policies that will put R&I communities on a path to resilient and clean economies.

Change in Motion – Task Force 3 Final Report

Released: Thursday March 8, 2018

This report provides key policy recommendations to ensure a comprehensive national framework led by the federal government.

Work in Progress – Task Force 2 Final Report

Released: Thursday March 8, 2018

How do we prepare Canada’s workforce to lead in the global clean energy sector?

Bringing Innovation to Life: Innovation-Based Growth In Canadian Life Sciences

Released: Wednesday January 3, 2018

Canada’s economic future will be driven by globally competitive companies working at the forefront of knowledge and technology. These companies are built on innovation and skills, cornerstones of economic growth and prosperity. Canada enjoys significant advantages in these areas, but must not be complacent as countries around the world are driving their own economic growth through significant investments in research, innovation and skills.

Consultative Forum on China – Session 2 Booklet

Released: Tuesday December 19, 2017

The Consultative Forum on China held its second roundtable on Sept. 14 2017 and the minutes of the proceedings and the presentations to participants can be found in this booklet. Contents include: Meeting Minutes Consultative Forum on China 2nd Session, September 14, 2017  Update: Polling Dr. Paul Evans, Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute...

Workplace Literacy: The Lynchpin of Canada’s Inclusive Growth Agenda

Released: Tuesday December 12, 2017

Canada faces both some of the highest and lowest literacy levels in the OECD and this polarization is leaving many behind. We need to find new ways to add skills for workers to be part of inclusive economic growth. Workplace Literacy: The Lynchpin of Canada’s Inclusive Growth Agenda explores themes from six roundtables held across Canada...

Partners in Reconciliation: Conference Summary

Released: Friday October 6, 2017

The Public Policy Forum hosted an Indigenous health conference, Partners in Reconciliation: Recognizing and Respecting Indigenous Health, on Sept. 27, 2017. This summary highlights the conference’s main themes of healing, culturally competent care and the social determinants of health. The Hon. Jane Philpott delivered her first speech as Minister of Indigenous Services at the conference. Her remarks,...

CONDITION CHRONIC: How Improving Workplace Wellness Helps Canadians and the Economy

Released: Friday September 29, 2017

Canada must do more to both reduce the incidence of chronic disease and to appropriately accommodate those already living with chronic disease. 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.

Open(ing) Government

Released: Monday September 18, 2017

There’s a lot of chatter about open government, but not a lot of clarity around what the concept means and what it accomplishes in practical terms. By: Kent Aitken The digital landscape is changing people’s expectations of government. It is driving new demands for transparency, creating new forms of engagement and allowing citizens, businesses and...

Building a Dynamic Future: The Next Generation of Public Service Talent

Released: Wednesday June 7, 2017

We spoke with 80 millennials from coast to coast to learn about their perceptions of public service careers in Canada. Read on to find out what they had to say. “This is a government job” — Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada are bolstering their student and recent graduate recruitment efforts by highlighting the exciting,...

R.E.S.P.E.C.T the Referees

Released: Monday May 29, 2017

Energy powers our economy. It heats our homes, connects us to families and friends, it grows our food. 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...

Governance in the Digital Age

Released: Tuesday May 23, 2017

My update six months in By Kent Aitken, Prime Ministers Fellow, Public Policy Forum. @kentdaitken On April 20, 2017, we held a panel discussion on Fixing Canada’s Digital Deficit in Toronto. Pictured: Jesse Hirsh, Futurist and Digital Strategist; Charlie Wade, Senior Vice President of Products and Solutions, Rogers Enterprise Business; Corinne Pohlmann, Senior Vice-President, National Affairs...

Growth Summit II: Five Takeaways

Released: Sunday April 23, 2017

No matter the speaker or the panel discussion, some common and urgent themes emerged repeatedly at the Public Policy Forum summit on economic growth on April 20. By Lee-Anne Goodman 1. Immigration It’s clear — Canada needs immigrants badly if it’s truly to grow its economy. Low-skilled temporary foreign workers are needed desperately in the agri-food sector as...

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