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Let’s reset the regulatory agenda

In February, Ottawa will almost certainly reveal long-awaited cuts across government departments. It will also likely introduce changes to research and development tax credits, in an effort to promote innovation and increase productivity. The federal government should be leading by example: The innovation agenda must encompass the public policy function itself. The exercise of this […]

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The free-market hasn’t delivered on productivity

In the initial postwar decades, Canada’s economy experienced a historic leap forward, qualitatively and quantitatively. Strong business investment, rapid industrialization, and massive spending on public infrastructure propelled growth and productivity. We went from being poor cousins to our American neighbours, to virtual equals: productivity in the business sector rose from 70 per cent of U.S. […]

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Canada lags badly in innovation and productivity

At the recent Davos World Economic Forum gathering, the Harvard Business School trumpeted a multi-year project on U.S. competitiveness, itself defined in a novel way as “the extent to which firms operating in the U.S. are able to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans.” Their resolution […]

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Skilled trades deficit colliding with energy boom

For many years we have been told Canada faces an acute “skills mismatch,” where the economy has lots of great jobs for the highly qualified – notably engineers, information technology professionals, and science PhDs – without enough of these people to meet the demand. But a second skills shortage has crept into the economy that […]

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Building a Strategic Design Capacity for Co-Design

This paper serves as the final report on the Australian Government’s Co-Design Community Engagement Prototype, a project that involved the federal government, the State of Victoria, 9 communities in Victoria, community service providers and residents, in 9 separate dialogue processes aimed at aligning services. Download the Full Report

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