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Canada needs a clear, new program for competitiveness that accounts for classic economic challenges and a new set of disruptions such as intellectual property, data and labour participation.
The Plan: The Public Policy Forum is focused on the social and economic determinants of growth, and our work in this area includes our annual Canada Growth Summit and the recently released report on trade with China Diversification not Dependence: A Made-in-Canada China Strategy. Building on these projects, we are currently working with two former policy advisers to Liberal and Conservative governments to identify what will make the Canadian economy competitive in new realities. They will co-author a report on prospects for Canadian competitiveness.
This discussion will feature some of the classic Canadian economic challenges in areas such as taxation, inflation, trade policy and infrastructure, as well as a secondary set of unprecedented challenges such as intellectual property, data management, the internet of things, and labour-market participation. The dialogue the subsequent report will frame a holistic competitiveness lens, which can be applied long-term across government. It will draw on four categories defined by the World Economic Competitiveness Index: (1) Enabling Environment, (2) Human Capital, (3) Markets, and (4) Innovation Ecosystems, to articulate how Canada can best define and leverage its comparative advantage. The report, set for publication in April 2019, will provide recommendations on these four key areas.
Contact: Chris Cornthwaite, Policy Lead