All Mowat Publications
November 19, 2013
This Shifting Gears report examines how behavioural insights could drive culture change in the public sector in four key areas: transparency, collaboration, innovation and results.
November 13, 2013
This Mowat Note looks at the lack of coordination between governments in Canada in the roughly $20 billion they spend each year to spur economic development in Canada, and proposed a path forward for better results.
November 10, 2013
This is a Mowat analysis of the political context of the pipeline debate in Canada that outlines Ontario’s stake in the national conversation around pipeline development.
November 05, 2013
Future State 2030 is a report developed in partnership with KPMG International, outlining nine megatrends facing governments at all levels around the world between today and 2030.
October 31, 2013
The full report of findings from the Ontario Non-profit Network (ONN) and Mowat NFP was prepared as part of the ONN’s Human Capital Renewal Strategy.
October 30, 2013
A new national public opinion survey reveals that most Canadians believe Canada should be equipped with national oil and gas pipelines and a pan-Canadian electricity grid so that all regions have access to our energy resources.
October 16, 2013
This report, produced in partnership with KPMG’s Human and Social Services Global Center of Excellence, publishes the results of an international survey of government leaders spearheading current integration schemes.
September 25, 2013
Canada Needs to Mobilize its Diaspora Networks.
September 19, 2013
This Sector Signal explores shared platforms as an organizational model and considers the opportunity to expand and deepen the practice.
September 19, 2013
This Summary of Findings from the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and Mowat NFP provides a snapshot of the results from the Ontario-wide survey of nonprofit leaders.
August 01, 2013
The sixth paper in the Fiscal Transfers Series highlights the relevance of the surplus recycling mechanism framework for understanding Canadian intergovernmental fiscal issues.
June 28, 2013
For decades Ontario has struggled to gain public support for some aspects of electricity policies and plans. Too often, longer-term plans are battered by short-term controversies. These controversies, experienced by successive governments...
June 24, 2013
Social enterprise is widely recognized as making a strong contribution to community benefit and economic growth in Ontario, Canada and globally.
June 17, 2013
The 2013 Budget announced the creation of a new program called the Canada Job Grant, slated to begin in April 2014. According to the federal government, the new program is meant to address a ‘skills mismatch’ in Canada...
June 05, 2013
The importance of human capital cuts across all sectors, and is a strategic priority for the nonprofit sector. The ability of the sector to attract and retain the right talent, develop effective leadership...
May 16, 2013
There is a near consensus on two facts about Senate reform: that the Senate is in need of fundamental reform, and that such reform is exceedingly difficult to achieve. Many have been searching for some middle ground between doing nothing...
April 09, 2013
In recent years, Canada’s exchange rate has been at historically high levels. There are differing views on the extent to which this high exchange rate, generated in part by a booming resource sector...
March 28, 2013
This Mowat Note examines the balance between what Ontarians pay to the federal government and the amount returned in services and transfers to Ontario and Ontarians.
Federal Government Supports for Screen-Based Content Production: Why Regionally-based Production Incentives are Counterproductive in the Digital Economy
February 27, 2013
In film and television, there are some federal government public policy mechanisms which provide incentives for “regional” screen-based content productions...
February 25, 2013
This first Sector Signal from Mowat NFP looks at the current climate of fiscal restraint, and the implications for that part of the NFP sector that provides government services.
January 29, 2013
Emerging Stronger 2013 surveys the progress that business, government, and civil society have made over the past year. It identifies the challenges we still face, and sets out the tangible steps we must take to ensure that Ontario emerges stronger from...
December 20, 2012
In the fifth paper in the Fiscal Transfers Series, Matthew Mendelsohn argues that Canada’s system of fiscal arrangements is misaligned with current economic realities.
December 11, 2012
This Shifting Gears report evaluates one of Canada’s most innovative integration schemes–the ongoing initiative in Ontario’s Peel Region–and identifies the possibilities and challenges presented by service integration.
December 06, 2012
Despite the development of a national strategy in the mid-1990s to tackle the significant rise in homelessness, best estimates suggest that the number of homeless has not actually been reduced. This report examines Canada’s national homelessness...
Moving Toward Voter Equality: Mowat Centre Report on the Proposed Federal Electoral Boundaries for Ontario
November 15, 2012
This Mowat Note evaluates the map proposed by the Federal Electoral Boundary Commission for Ontario as part of the 2012 Redistribution. While the proposed map makes progress overall, it deviates from the central principle of voter equality.
October 15, 2012
This report represents the advice of the Expert Roundtable on Immigration on the development of an Ontario immigration strategy.
September 06, 2012
This report highlights the need for Canada and Ontario to make energy technology policy a top priority and reform their approaches to supporting energy R&D.
July 10, 2012
This report takes stock of the recent changes to EI and provides in-depth analysis of what they mean for Canadians.
May 13, 2012
The fourth paper in the Mowat Centre's Fiscal Transfers Series examines options for reforming Canada's tax and transfer system to help governments achieve their fiscal goals.
April 16, 2012
This paper analyzes who is left out of EI program and recommends a new Temporary Unemployment Assistance program to plug the gaps in coverage, deepening and expanding upon a core argument of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force.
March 28, 2012
The third paper in the Mowat Centre's Fiscal Transfers Series, Fiscal federalism in Canada is rather complex and takes some effort to understand. This paper attempts to sort out some of the main features...
March 18, 2012
The second paper in the Mowat Centre's Fiscal Transfers Series. Although we can't take the politics out of equalization entirely, we can do a better job reducing the level of territorial conflict surrounding it. Canada needs a new approach...
February 07, 2012
Energy security means that everyone has access to the amount of energy they want, when they want it. Under Ontario’s approach to energy security, the public and their policymakers do not know if the status quo is a good deal.
February 05, 2012
The first paper in the Mowat Centre's Fiscal Transfers Series. The current approach to Equalization turns a blind eye to the differences in expenditures that provinces must make to provide comparable levels...
January 25, 2012
This report sets out the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges that lie ahead for Ontario. It identifies an agenda that can best be pursued if the federal and provincial governments are working together, with the private sector, to achieve success.
November 23, 2011
This Shifting Gears progress report examines how well governments in Canada and across the OECD are doing in returning to fiscally sustainable positions.
November 14, 2011
The paper proposes a blueprint for a strengthened national program to support the unemployed. Its recommendations focus on the architecture of support for the unemployed and the principles that should drive reform.
October 31, 2011
This report sketches out a transformative agenda for the Canadian healthcare system.
October 24, 2011
This paper joins the call for a national transit framework. However, it adds to the discussion by proposing a blueprint for federal involvement in the sector.
October 21, 2011
The paper reports on the outcomes of the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region Summit and identifies the key challenges and opportunities facing the GLSLR. It also outlines a path forward for the region and articulates a policy agenda for the future.
October 17, 2011
The Mowat Note sketches out why Canadian electoral boundaries deviate so widely from the principle of representation by population and proposes a model for re-drawing electoral boundaries in the future that balances the interests of all provinces.
October 14, 2011
Canadian firms are regularly outperformed in terms of innovation. This paper argues that Canadian federalism is at least part of the problem.
April 14, 2011
This Mowat Note looks to 17 other OECD countries, including all eight OECD federations, to see how they address the thorny issue of regional differentiation.
April 11, 2011
This paper concludes that Canada can likely support 12 NHL teams, or double the current number of Canadian franchises.
Strengthening the Third Pillar of the Canadian Union: An Intergovernmental Agenda for Canada's Charities and Non-Profits
March 10, 2011
This Mowat Note recommends policy changes that would ease current overlap and conflicting provincial and federal regulatory barriers to revenue-generation in the non-profit sector.
February 01, 2011
This report outlines the central themes that emerged through the EI Task Force’s consultation process.
December 09, 2010
This report identifies strategies to help governments in Canada return to fiscal balance.
December 01, 2010
This workbook poses a series of principles-based questions designed to provoke discussion about what a program that works for Ontario and all Canadians would look like.
November 24, 2010
This discussion paper is intended as a general resource for framing the EI Task Force’s work.
November 15, 2010
Martin Hering and Thomas R. Klassen present new data on the fiscal impact of gradually raising the age of eligibility for retirement benefits in Canada.
November 10, 2010
This Mowat Centre Report Card on Canada's fiscal transfer system is intended to serve as a platform for debate in the run up to re-negotiation of the country's major intergovernmental transfers.
Saving Dollars and Making Sense: An Agenda for a More Efficient, Effective and Accountable Federation
October 15, 2010
This report identifies a reform agenda for the federation that would make Canadian policy-making and service delivery more effective, efficient and accountable to Canadians.
September 08, 2010
This Mowat Note assesses how well Canada’s Employment Insurance system performed during the most recent recession compared to previous recessions, focusing on regional inequities.
One Economic Market or a Collection of Jealous Rivals? Ensuring the Effectiveness of Securities Reform in Canada
July 13, 2010
This Mowat Centre Note examines the options for organizing the Canadian Securities Regulator. It finds that it is in all Canadians’ interest to have a head office located in Toronto.
June 29, 2010
Neil Bradford and David Wolfe present a strategic vision for FedDev Ontario, offering concrete recommendations concerning how FedDev can best support Ontario’s economic transformation, and how Canadian regional economic development should function.
June 29, 2010
In this study, Neil Bradford draws lessons from past and current regional economic development policy in Canada and identifies specific recommendations for FedDev Ontario on how it can best leverage innovation and growth in southern Ontario.
June 29, 2010
This study by David Wolfe identifies emerging international best practice in regional economic development and draws lessons for FedDev Ontario and for Canada's approach to economic development and innovation.
May 28, 2010
In this paper, Myer Siemiatycki and Phil Triadafilopoulos examine the role of sub-national jurisdictions in immigrant settlement and integration in Australia, Germany, the United States and Britain.
May 27, 2010
Leslie Seidle examines the Ontario, Manitoba and BC federal-provincial agreements and identifies a number of successes and potential improvements that should govern the renegotiation of the next COIA.
March 23, 2010
This Mowat Note finds that violations of rep-by-pop are significantly greater in Canada than in other comparable federations around the world.
March 22, 2010
A Mowat Paper by Andrew Sancton provides evidence that, despite Canada’s clear constitutional commitment to rep-by-pop among the provinces, deviations from this principle are today far greater than at any time in Canada’s history.
February 23, 2010
Matthew Mendelsohn and J. Scott Matthews examine the political implications of Ontarians' changing views about the Canadian federation.
Analysis and Opinion
Following the release of our research report, Public Service Transformed, The Mowat Centre was invited... Read More
Matthew Mendelsohn & Noah Zon
In March, the federal government announced a new approach to their investments in skills training.
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Sunil Johal & Jennifer Gold
By Jennifer Gold and Sunil Johal
Published in: The Guardian
Canadian academics say behavioural insights... Read More