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

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...


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

A Public Policy Forum Report by Michael Kirby and Hugh Segal Can the Senate get past partisanship and earn Canadians’ respect? Introduction by the Public Policy Forum When it is considered at all, Canada’s Senate has been widely held in public disrepute. Yet it is a fundamental part of the country’s Constitution and governing system, a body...

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?...

Canadian science abroad: A case for coordinated international science engagement

Released: Saturday September 3, 2016

The Public Policy Forum brought together senior thought leaders representing 19 federal departments, agencies and national associations in November 2015 to discuss opportunities for enhancing the coordination of Canada’s international science engagement. The group traversed many topics and themes, addressing not only coordination of science, but the role and value of science, scientific infrastructure, science diplomacy, Canadian identity through and beyond science, global challenges and wicked problems, our common appetite for change, and Canada’s future scientists.

Crown Corporate Governance: Three ways to manage the tension between autonomy and control

Released: Tuesday August 23, 2016

For more than a century, Crown corporations have occupied a prominent place in our provincial and federal administrations and remain key instruments for implementing economic, social, and cultural policies. Some are true agents of economic and social development. Given their influence, the government assets they control, and the levers at their disposal to play an...

Broadening Talent Pathways: How to Make Cross-Sector Mobility Meaningful

Released: Wednesday June 29, 2016

Canada’s prosperity depends on high-performing public, private, and nonprofit sectors with the capacity and networks to thrive in today’s complex environment. Research and international experiences demonstrate that employing cross-sector mobility as a talent management tool can help build dynamic, versatile organizations across sectors. Despite the potential benefits of mobility, opportunities in Canada remain undervalued and...

The expanding mandate of the Ontario Ombudsman: final report

Released: Tuesday June 28, 2016

Transparency, accountability, and fair administrative processes are hallmarks of effective governance systems. The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman ensures that provincial government and public sector bodies develop and observe these values in delivering their programs and services. In doing so, the Office aims to improve government practices and processes for all Ontario citizens. In December...

Canadian Science Abroad: A Case for Coordinated International Science Engagement

Released: Wednesday March 9, 2016

 Read the full report Synopsis The Canadian science and technology landscape consists of a diverse community including academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Each entity within this system maintains a unique mandate, including national and international priorities, according to which it operates. While there is recognition of the importance and value of international engagement,...

Does serious journalism have a future in Canada?

Released: Thursday March 3, 2016

We all know the news media is in trouble in the digital age. The problem is more one of supply – who will deliver journalism and earn the most money from it – rather than one of demand. People still want to be informed. This report is the outcome of our 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada...

Optimizing Government: A White Paper on Public Sector Modernization

Released: Tuesday January 26, 2016

Governments have to thrive in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing context that demands more collaboration and innovation than ever before. Faced with tightening budgets and shifting demographics, public sector leaders must also prioritize fiscal management and employee engagement to effectively maximize talent and resources. How are current structures and processes meeting new demands? How can...

Canada’s next energy frontier: Shale oil and gas

Released: Thursday January 21, 2016

Shale gas and tight oil are revolutionizing world energy markets. New drilling methods and technologies have suddenly given North America access to vast deposits of oil and natural gas stored in shale and tight rock formations. These resources, largely inaccessible only a decade ago, represent a significant source of economic growth, jobs and tax revenue....

Leveraging Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem: Opportunities to Increase R&D Investment in Canada

Released: Tuesday January 19, 2016

A new report by Mitacs, prepared with support of Canada’s Public Policy Forum, seeks to better understand factors that attract or deter multinational investment in Canadian R&D. Based on interviews with executives from Canadian subsidiary firms, Leveraging Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem identifies key drivers and barriers in attracting foreign direct investment in Canadian R&D – and...

Winning Global Mandates: Lessons from Canadian leaders

Released: Saturday December 5, 2015

A country’s economic strength is enhanced by its ability to win investment from multi-national enterprises (MNEs). Global corporate mandates bestow subsidiaries with resources that are essential for establishing and expanding operations. They also help to spur positive spin-off benefits, including innovation and job growth that benefit stakeholders across industries and sectors. Canadian leaders who understand...

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