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Degree of provincial government involvement in Canada-EU trade deal unique among federations Christopher J. Kukucha (October 18th, 2016) Provincial/Territorial Governments and the Negotiation of International Trade Agreements

Montreal – The direct participation of provincial and territorial governments in the negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union was a unique opportunity, says a new paper from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Provincial and territorial governments were at the table for the first time during the initial […]

The TPP could simplify trade rules for goods producers in Canada Andrew (Sandy) Moroz (September 29th, 2016) Navigating the Maze: Canada, Rules of Origin and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Montreal – In the midst of ongoing debates regarding Canada’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new chapter from the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s forthcoming trade volume looks at whether this trade deal might simplify the complex web of rules for goods trade among TPP countries. In his chapter, Navigating the Maze: Canada, […]

Paper calls for arm’s-length agency to set equalization payments Daniel Béland and André Lecours (September 15th, 2016) Canada’s Equalization Policy in Comparative Perspective

Montreal – To mitigate political tensions about the transfers provincial governments receive through equalization, Canada should follow Australia’s example and establish an arm’s-length agency to recommend the level of equalization payments, says a new paper from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Under equalization, a fixture of Canadian federalism since 1957, the federal government extends […]

With CETA and TPP in trouble, the WTO is Canada’s best hedge against an uncertain trade future Robert Wolfe (September 13th, 2016) Canadian Trade Policy in a G-Zero World

Montreal – As regional trade negotiations become more complicated and contentious in the midst of Brexit, anti-NAFTA rhetoric in the United States and mounting opposition to CETA and the TPP, strengthening the World Trade Organization (WTO) should be a central objective of Canadian trade policy, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public […]

Harper legacy poses challenges for Trudeau as he looks to reshape intergovernmental relations Christopher Dunn (September 8th, 2016) Harper without Jeers, Trudeau without Cheers: Assessing 10 Years of Intergovernmental Relations

Montreal – As the Trudeau government pursues its new collaborative vision for intergovernmental relations, the Harper legacy of smaller government and greater provincial self-reliance limits its room for action, writes Christopher Dunn in a report published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “The declining federal presence is a constraint Trudeau will face. The corporate tax […]

Study calls for six-point action plan to enhance inclusive employment for people with disabilities Michael J. Prince (August 11th, 2016) Inclusive Employment for Canadians with Disabilities

Montreal – The federal government should improve real employment opportunities for persons with disabilities by connecting them with employers, and by supporting employers in the provision of work accommodations, says a new study by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “Canadians with disabilities should have access to real work for real pay, and their rights […]

Cross-border e-commerce held back by Canadian trade policies Usman Ahmed and Hanne Melin (July 26th, 2016) Technology-Enabled Small Business Trade in Canada

Montreal – Canada’s trade policies are creating obstacles for small businesses engaging in cross-border online trade, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “Given that e-commerce reduces the extent to which distance limits trade, Canada can do more to realize the economic, social and political benefits of technology-enabled trade,” say authors […]

Canada’s innovation agenda must extend well beyond R&D incentives Andrei Sulzenko (June 9th, 2016) Canada’s Innovation Conundrum: Five Years After the Jenkins Report

Montreal – To improve Canada’s lamentably poor innovation performance we must move beyond our traditional focus on research and development (R&D) and take steps to reinforce competition rather than hinder it, says a new report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. “As the global market place becomes increasingly competitive, Canada’s innovation performance is clearly […]

Free trade agreements are no magic bullet for Canada’s trade ailments, says Jim Stanford Jim Stanford (April 14th, 2016) Is More Trade Liberalization the Remedy for Canada’s Trade Woes?

Montreal – Canada’s trade policy priority should not be signing more trade deals, but rather finding alternative ways to support the development of Canadian-based firms that produce goods and services the rest of the world demands, says Jim Stanford. His commentary, which will be included in a forthcoming IRPP research volume, comes in the context of […]

Leaders’ debates in federal elections require a fundamental rethink (March 16th, 2016) The Future of Leaders’ Debates in Canadian Federal Elections

Montreal – A new report by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communica­tion and Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, calls for a new approach to organizing leaders’ debates in federal election campaigns. Released in the aftermath of controversies surrounding the way the leaders debates were managed during […]

Canada should strengthen its ability to deal effectively with white-collar crime (March 10th, 2016) Finding the Right Balance

Montreal – A new report by the Institute for Research on Public Policy outlines ways Canada can deal more effectively with corporate wrongdoing and white-collar crime. The report is based on a round table held in Toronto in November 2015 that brought together legal and academic experts and stakeholders for a frank exchange on how to […]

Report calls for better use of science advice in policy-making (March 8th, 2016) Making Better Use of Science and Technology in Policy-Making

Montreal – As governments struggle to keep pace with rapid advancements in science and technology, a new report by the Institute for Research on Public Policy and the Canadian Academy of Engineering outlines how governments can better incorporate that knowledge in policy-making processes and improve the quality of government decisions. The report is based on a […]

New policy framework is needed to tackle inequality in Canada (February 23rd, 2016)

Montreal – The federal government’s attempts to shift the tax burden from the middle class to the top 1 percent will not be enough to address rising income inequality, says a new book published by the IRPP in collaboration with the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network. Based on extensive research on inequality trends and […]

Elderly need more community-based care, not just more residential care beds: study A. Paul Williams, Janet Lum, Frances Morton-Chang, Kerry Kuluski, Allie Peckham, Natalie Warrick, Alvin Ying (February 18th, 2016) Integrating Long-Term Care into a Community-Based Continuum

Montreal – To address the growing long-term needs of Canada’s aging population, governments should expand community-based care instead of simply increasing the number of residential care beds, according to a new study by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Drawing on research in Ontario and abroad, Paul Williams and his coauthors examine some promising community-based […]

Canada lags behind as production becomes more globalized Koen De Backer and Sébastien Miroudot (February 17th, 2016) New International Evidence on Canada’s Participation in Global Value Chains

Montreal – Global production processes are changing, and Canada has not kept pace with developments in the rest of the world, says a new study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Production has become increasingly international in recent decades, with more businesses importing in order to export. The result is sophisticated production networks […]

Jennifer Ditchburn joins the IRPP as Policy Options editor-in-chief (February 4th, 2016)

Montreal – The Institute for Research on Public Policy is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Ditchburn as editor-in-chief of Policy Options. An award-winning parliamentary correspondent, Ditchburn is one of Canada’s best-known and most respected analysts of politics and public policy. She brings to Policy Options two decades of experience covering the public debates […]

Policy Options editor Dan Gardner leaves the magazine to join the Prime Minister’s Office (February 3rd, 2016)

Montreal – After an incredibly successful year at the helm of Policy Options, editor Dan Gardner is leaving the magazine to write his next book and take on a significant new assignment in the Prime Minister’s Office. During his time at the IRPP, Dan completed the magazine’s transformation into a fully digital platform for public […]

Canadians feeling good about government and country, survey finds (January 6th, 2016)

Montreal – The economy is weak, the price of oil has collapsed, and the loonie is doing a swan dive, but Canadians are remarkably happy with the performance of the federal government and the general direction of the country, according to a new survey conducted by Nanos Research for Policy Options magazine. A large majority (60%) […]

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