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


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...


Governance Matters: How is it working for Canadians?

Released: Wednesday October 28, 2015

Canada’s public institutions need a reboot Good governance matters and our public sector governance process has fallen short over several parliaments. To help reinvigorate and rebalance our system of governance, the Public Policy Forum, together with a panel of eminent Canadians, is making bold recommendations in a new report, Time for a Reboot: Nine Ways to...


Building Leaders: Early Childhood Development in Indigenous Communities

Released: Tuesday July 14, 2015

Research and experience have demonstrated that early childhood development (ECD) is integral to future outcomes. Quality ECD programming contributes to healthy growth and development, as well as school readiness and success. Given the legacy of colonialism in Canada, access to culturally relevant ECD programs can play a key role in bridging gaps in life-chances between...


Levelling the Playing Field: For First Nations and Financial Empowerment

Released: Thursday May 7, 2015

A new background paper from the Public Policy Forum, Levelling the Playing Field: For First Nations and Financial Empowerment provides views from diverse Canadian leaders about opportunities and challenges facing First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in developing financial literacy skills. The paper provides background that helped guide the discussion at the last in a series of roundtables convened...


Retirement Security for Everyone: Enhancing Canada’s Pension System

Released: Tuesday February 3, 2015

How can our country’s retirement savings provide greater security and coverage to more Canadians, while ensuring pension plans stay financially healthy into the future? This is what Canada’s Public Policy Forum seeks to answer with our new report, Retirement Security for Everyone. While experts see Canada’s pension system as relatively well-functioning, there are demographic groups at risk of...


Changing the game: Public sector productivity in Canada

Released: Wednesday January 7, 2015

This paper is a summary of our research, interviews and roundtable discussions on how to apply efficiency and effectiveness in the public sector. It also provides examples of public sector productivity from other jurisdictions. The summary captures the views of project contributors on which opportunities the public sector should pursue in order to meet productivity...


Roundtable series on Enhancing First Nations Access to Capital

Released: Tuesday December 23, 2014

One of the key challenges outlined in Realizing the Potential: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Economic Development focused on the need to address access to finance for First Nation communities. Unlike other public institutions, First Nation governments face unique limitations that inhibit their ability to attract and leverage capital. Property cannot be used as collateral. Infrastructure...


Building Sustainable Value: A Canada-US Energy Roundtable

Released: Friday December 19, 2014

One of the greatest challenges of our time is balancing energy demands and environmental considerations. From improving energy efficiency to advancing clean technology, leaders across sectors are creating sustainable value by focusing on where economic and environmental interests converge. As the world’s largest energy market, Canada and the US are well-positioned to harness their interdependency...


October 1st, 2014 – A Case Study of Ontario’s Condominium Act Review

Released: Tuesday September 30, 2014

The third and last stage of Ontario’s Condominium Act Review began in fall 2013 with a final Residents’ Panel meeting to review the Stage Two Solutions Report. The general public had 45 days to provide feedback on the report through various channels, resulting in over 1,400 responses. To conclude Stage Three, the Forum convened five public roundtables...


June 4, 2014: Northern Connections: Broadband and Canada’s Digital Divide (final report)

Released: Wednesday June 4, 2014

Almost every aspect of modern social and economic development is inextricably linked to the Internet. However, while connectivity in many parts of Canada is at an all-time high, economically disadvantaged and geographically remote areas are increasingly being left behind. Nowhere is this digital divide more glaring than in the North.   Despite the North’s immense...


May 9, 2014: Realizing The Potential: Global Perspectives on Indigenous Economic Development

Released: Friday May 9, 2014

There is a clear need for better engagement with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis on natural resource development. The sector’s future success will depend on authentic partnerships with Aboriginal communities, providing local expertise and valuable human capital. These massive projects also hold great potential for improving community economies, education, job opportunities, quality of life...


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