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


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.


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...


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...


Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse

Released: Thursday April 20, 2017

Strengthening our Competitiveness and Leveraging our Potential What signals did sector leaders and stakeholders send? A high-level overview of input received at roundtables in Charlottetown, Montreal, Ottawa, Guelph, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver. STRENGTHENING OUR COMPETITIVENESS, LEVERAGING OUR POTENTIAL To seize this opportunity, the aspirational vision — being the trusted global food leader — must be the lens through...


Open policy-making in a digital age: Summary report

Released: Wednesday April 12, 2017

The concept of ‘open policy making’ represents a shift away from traditional policy-making toward a process that is accessible and transparent to more Canadians, and which incorporates their voices and insights. How is this different in the digital age?


Discussion paper: Open policy making in a digital age

Released: Wednesday April 12, 2017

The concept of ‘open policy making’ represents a shift away from traditional policy making toward a process that is accessible and transparent to more Canadians, and which incorporates their voices and insights. How is this different in the digital age? To download a printable .PDF version of this report, click here. Executive Summary On Oct. 13, 2016,...


Community media can play a pivotal role in Canada’s disrupted news environment

Released: Monday April 3, 2017

Editor’s note: Following the publication of The Shattered Mirror, our report on news, democracy and trust in the digital age, the PPF is continuing the conversation on this crucial policy topic. Today, we are sharing an article from CACTUS, The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (@CACTUS62), which participated in our roundtables and...


Marshalling Incubators to Build Global Companies

Released: Wednesday March 1, 2017

Leading thinkers within and outside of Canada’s borders are producing ideas, pioneering new theories and generating groundbreaking knowledge. How can the global incubator and accelerator landscape be leveraged to effectively harness this untapped potential? For a printable .PDF version of this report, click here. Foreword ERA-Can+ promotes cooperation between the European Union and Canada in science,...


Bringing New Voices to the Table: Re-thinking On-reserve Housing in Canada

Released: Monday February 27, 2017

A home is so much more than its structural components; it’s the emotional intangibles that make it something more, the foundation for self and community. With this in mind, we sought to hear from unheard and under-represented voices: read on for what they had to say. A snapshot from the First Nations exhibition at the Royal...


Securing Canada’s cyberspace

Released: Monday February 6, 2017

While Canadians have openly embraced a new era of digital and technological innovation, the advent of the Internet has ushered in threats formerly unimaginable. Is Canada equipped to handle the adverse effects of this amplified connectivity? For a printable PDF version of this report, please click here. INTRODUCTION In a 2014 interview, Stephen Hawking observed...


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