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


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 the following summary. The report includes: Meeting Minutes Consultative Forum on China 2nd Session, September 14, 2017 Update: Polling Dr. Paul Evans, Institute of Asian Research and...


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: Recognizing and Respecting Indigenous Health

Released: Friday October 6, 2017

The conference focused on healing, culturally competent care and the social determinants of health. Read the conference summary and watch video of the sessions.


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...


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...


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? Download the report Executive Summary OnOct. 13, 2016, the Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries came together for...


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,...


Summary report: 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? Co-hosted by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia, supported by the Public...


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? Download the report  Foreword ERA-Can+ promotes cooperation between the European Union and Canada in science, technology and innovation. This 36-month programme...


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.   Download the report Executive summary The condition, status, development,...


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