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.
There are lots of budget reaction pieces you can read, but we wanted to point out the ways Growing the Middle Class will affect Canada not just tomorrow — but 5, 10, even 20 years from now. Here’s the 7 ways the new federal budgets takes the long-view for Canada…
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.
If balanced budget laws don’t necessarily have the desired positive effects, is it possible they can also encourage governments to do sub-optimal things just to show a $0 deficit? Jennifer Robson explores the world of boutique tax credits and the new Harper Government budget.
En annonçant aujourd’hui qu’il se joint au marché du carbone mis en place par le Québec, le gouvernement de l’Ontario a posé un geste qui aura une portée significative dans la lutte aux changements climatiques.
De cette annonce, il se dégage dorénavant deux tendances très claires.
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?
In the draft budget for 2015 tabled by the City of Ottawa, one seemingly small but critical program is at risk: Healthy Babies Healthy Children. Launched by the province of Ontario and run by the Ottawa Board of Health, it is program on the proverbial chopping block that is worthy of national attention…
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?
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…
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 […]