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


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,...


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? Download the report  INTRODUCTION In a 2014 interview, Stephen Hawking observed that digital technology has ushered in a new...


The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age

Released: Thursday January 26, 2017

The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age, is a landmark Public Policy Forum report published in January 2017.  It looks at the state of a much weaker news media in Canada, severely disrupted by the digital age.  It is the first major study of the state of the news media in...


The Promise and Pitfalls of the Internet of Things in Canada

Released: Friday December 16, 2016

The manufacture and selling of IoT infrastructure will have less impact than the myriad possibilities their use will unleash, but generating insights from IoT’s firehose of data will require highly specialized talent that’s in short supply in Canada. “Barcelona … measures the dampness of the soil in its parks, and automatically dispatches watering teams to beds...


Walk the Talk: How Canada Can Restore Public Confidence in Resource Development

Released: Wednesday November 2, 2016

Natural resource development increasingly requires not just regulatory approval, but also public confidence, to move forward. From who participates to how decisions are made, projects are being challenged by affected communities, environmental groups and interested citizens across the country. While industries, regulators and policy makers are working to improve transparency, engagement and oversight, questions remain...


Building the Future: Strategic Infrastructure for Long-Term Growth (Interim Report)

Released: Thursday October 13, 2016

Canadian governments at all levels will spend as much as $750-billion over the next 10 years on infrastructure. Spending it smartly will be key to a more competitive Canadian economy. To ensure funds are spent well, an interim Public Policy Forum report advocates substantial reform, including creation of a national infrastructure agency to prioritize this...


BUILDING THE FUTURE

Released: Tuesday October 11, 2016

Strategic Infrastructure for Long-Term Growth in Canada What are the gaps in Canada’s infrastructure plans? Canada is an infrastructure laggard in a world where these investments matter more and more. While our country has increased its spending, it is doing so without an adequate policy framework to ensure it gets the best bang for its buck....


A House Undivided: Making Senate Independence Work

Released: Thursday September 22, 2016

After its first taste of independent status last spring, the Senate returns on September 27, with more independent appointments still to come. But how will an independent Senate work in practice given its partisan past, and what non-constitutional rule changes will need to be made? To help map out the best path ahead, the Public...


How Can Integrated Innovation Advance Well-being and Inclusive Growth?

Released: Thursday September 8, 2016

Despite some significant efforts and focus in recent years, the field of social innovation lags behind in terms of infrastructure, capacity, policy development, incentives, and investment. How might we seize the opportunity of the Review of Canada’s Innovation Policy to shape an innovation strategy that also supports new and scale-ready innovations that accelerate Canadians’ wellbeing?...


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