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


PPF Atlantic Summit 2018

Released: Thursday May 24, 2018

Download the summary WITH THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada NATIONAL PR The Council of Atlantic Premiers Porter Airlines About the Project/ Au sujet du projet The Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Atlantic Summit is the first major initiative in a 3-year project. From 2018-2020 we will...


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 the 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.


Pathways to Sustainable Access to Innovative Medicines for Canadians

Released: Friday April 20, 2018

This report is the culmination of a project that engaged Canadians in roundtable discussions about access barriers, the role of real-world evidence in system improvement, and how to move the healthcare system forward. Participants’ recommendations on reducing barriers to access, strengthening data and evidence and finding balance in our healthcare system.


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

Released: Sunday March 18, 2018

Atlantic Canada is taking action to rebuild its aging and slow-growing population: The region needs to attract - and keep - more newcomers.


Transparent and Level: Modernizing Political Financing in Canada

Released: Wednesday March 14, 2018

Transparent and Level: 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.



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.


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