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


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. Never before has the digital news sphere been so fragmented, and social marketing tools on Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet are part of this offensive. Policy must be implemented to reconcile freedom of speech & 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.


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.


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