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How to Innovate FinTech in Canada

Financial Technology (known as fintech) investments are growing rapidly in Canada, with OMERS Ventures reporting that 100 fintech start-ups in Canada have collectively raised more than $1 billion in funding since 2010. As part of our research for the Canada 2020 innovation project, we held a roundtable discussion in Toronto with representatives from big banks, non-governmental organizations, fintech startups, venture capital companies and government.

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Rethinking the scope of health care in Canada: a renewed federal role

The recently elected federal liberal government campaigned on strengthening Canada’s publicly funded health care system. How Canada ensures it provides a universal, affordable, and high quality health care system that accommodates technological innovation and changes in delivery over the next few decades is a particularly important challenge. In this piece, Mark Stabile thinks through a renewed federal role in health.

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If you give First Nations students the tools they need, they will succeed

The youngest and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is underperforming academically to a dramatic degree. Nearly 40 per cent of indigenous Canadians do not graduate from high school, and the figure is nearly 60 per cent for First Nations people on reserves, rates that far exceed the Canadian average. What these statistics show is that the majority of First Nations students are not reaching their full potential and the question is why not?

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Blog: One-size childcare policy fits no-one

There are a little more than 4 million children in Canada aged 0 to 12 years. They need care and education. I don’t think anyone really disputes this–youth 13 and older obviously also have needs for care and education but they’re not the focus of this post. In most cases, decisions about that care and education are made by parents or legal guardians who will have the bests interests of their children at heart. I don’t think anyone disputes this either. Those children and the families making decisions for them are really, really diverse. So why do we keep trying to produce national public policies on child-care that are one-size solutions?

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From the End of History to the End of Progress

A few years ago, we began noticing something very different about the way the public looked at the economy. The public seemed to believe that we were encountering an end of progress. The idea of a “better life” or what is known to the south as the American Dream seemed to be slipping away. Among citizens of both Canada and the United States, there was a growing recognition that the middle class bargain of shared prosperity…

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Unemployed and Underemployed Youth

In this new background paper from Canada 2020, we take a look at the employment landscape facing Canadian youth. The paper’s premise is built upon a simple and well-known fact: Canada’s future economic success will depend on the strength and quality of its human capital – and therefore its investment in young people. What this […]

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