Publications

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


Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Precision Medicine

Released: Monday December 10, 2018

As researchers and business leaders move quickly to explore and exploit an ever-growing field of artificial intelligence opportunities, policy-makers – recognizing AI’s far-reaching implications - seek frameworks to assess and regulate them. These reports examine issues and suggest frameworks for AI’s impact on transportation of people and goods, and on how we predict, identify and treat disease.


Millennial Money: Financial Independence and Well-Being for the Next Generation

Released: Wednesday November 28, 2018

Millennials are as financially knowledgeable as previous generations and are doing OK when it comes to financial well-being, but they face challenges such as housing affordability and student debt repayments that innovative policy should address.


Poisoning Democracy: How Canada Can Address Harmful Speech Online

Released: Thursday November 8, 2018

The rise of harmful speech online is a threat to Canada’s democracy. This report outlines how governments and digital platform companies can better address hate and harassment, including the creation of a Moderation Standards Council.


Diversification not Dependence: A Made-in-Canada China Strategy

Released: Thursday October 11, 2018

Canada can truly diversify its trade and break its dependence on a single partner by pursuing a strategy built on sectoral trade agreements with China. 


Governance in the Digital Age

Released: Wednesday September 26, 2018

The digital transformation that governments are seeking and citizens are expecting is more than just 'a challenge,' says PPF's Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow Kent Aitken in this new report. After conducting almost 300 interviews over the course of a year, he concludes that governments are currently not set up for the complexities of the digital age and suggests four areas that they need to fundamentally change.


What the Saskatchewan Roughriders Can Teach Canadian Journalism

Released: Tuesday September 25, 2018

Many different approaches to support journalism, locally and beyond, have emerged in recent years in the wake of the sharp decline of traditional industry players. Public policy will play a crucial role in shaping the rules for ownership innovation and protected space for Canadian journalism.


Mind the Gaps: Quantifying the Decline of News Coverage in Canada

Released: Tuesday September 25, 2018

In our study of 20 small and mid-sized Canadian communities, the number and depth of newspaper articles about civic affairs declined sharply between 2008 and 2017, leaving citizens less informed about their democratic institutions.


Democracy Divided: Countering Disinformation and Hate in the Digital Public Sphere

Released: Wednesday August 15, 2018

Democracy has been made vulnerable to attack by hate speech and disinformation on digital and social platforms. Policy must be implemented to reconcile freedom of speech and freedom of the press with these online news threats to democracy.


The Values Proposition: Building a Stronger Canada through Values-Based Sport

Released: Wednesday August 8, 2018

This report summarizes what we heard during five roundtables held through spring 2018 and which explored actions and policies aimed at ensuring values-based sport is an intentional and fundamental part of the Canadian sport system, from playground to podium.


The Next-Level Border: Advancing Technology & Expanding Trade

Released: Monday July 30, 2018

This report summarizes what was heard at two roundtables on how to enhance the Canada-U.S. border with tech to facilitate trade. 


Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit – Summary Report

Released: Tuesday May 29, 2018

PPF hosted Ontario's first Digital Inclusion Summit back in February. Now, the summary report is available with key takeaways from the event that sparked a larger conversation on making the internet work for all.


PPF Atlantic Summit 2018

Released: Thursday May 24, 2018

The Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Atlantic Summit is the first major initiative in a 3-year project. From 2018-2020 we will conduct research, engage communities and decision makers, and work to support the momentum building behind the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The focus of our first year has been on demographics and the role of immigration as one approach to attract, and keep, the talented people who make Atlantic Canada home.


Canada’s Innovation Stars: Meet the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Award laureates

Released: Tuesday May 22, 2018

The innovation stars are out and shining over Canada as the Governor General’s Innovation Awards are handed out to six laureates and teams for 2018.


Legitimacy in Reconciliation: A Path Forward

Released: Tuesday May 15, 2018

Indigenous youth had clear ideas on how to find the legitimacy needed for reconciliation at the Public Policy Forum's (PPF) Nov. 29 unconference in Regina. This report highlights their six recommendations. In August 2017, the Centre for Public Impact approached PPF to be a part of a global project that explores What is legitimacy? How is it achieved and preserved? How does it manifest in different parts of the world? PPF brought together 21 young Indigenous people to discuss if the Government of Canada has the legitimacy to deliver on its commitment to Indigenous Peoples and how it can work to build the trust and transparency required.


Independent and Accountable: Modernizing the Role of Agents of Parliament and Legislatures

Released: Thursday April 26, 2018

In this report, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) analyzes the current and evolving role of agents at the federal and provincial levels to provide recommendations on how oversight and guidance in the administration of policies can be improved while maintaining their autonomy within Canada’s Westminster system.


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