Past Projects

The Public Policy Forum has led thousands of roundtables and events and produced hundreds of reports on many key topics since our inception in 1987. This site features reports going back to 2016 as well as our most popular and referenced publications, which you can find here. If there is a specific report you cannot find, please contact us


The Future is Due North

The North is not just symbolic for Canada, it holds a wealth of opportunities that are closely connected to the country's strategic policy priorities. In this series of short papers, experts look at four key issues: climate change, arctic sovereignty, energy and resource development, and reconciliation.

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Digital Democracy 101: Understanding Technology’s Effect on Canada’s Democracy

Many Canadians use digital platforms without fully understanding the technology behind them and how they are changing political culture, democratic participation and trust. Digital Democracy 101 aims to grow Canadians' understanding of new digital technologies and their relationship with the democratic process.

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Finding Solutions to Cyber Harassment Aimed at Women in Political Life

Despite the decades-long fight for increased inclusion and opportunities for women in politics, research shows that women are significantly less likely than men to even consider running for office. When women feel they cannot voice their opinion without fear of retaliation or threat, robust political discourse is inhibited and essential voices are silenced. While stories of online violence directed at women in political life – elected or not – are plentiful, proposed solutions are few, and recourse seemingly non-existent.

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Canada Next: 12 Ways to Get Ahead of Disruption

Canada is in flux. Technological, demographic and climate disruption will have a profound effect on the economy, the workforce, democracy, and on public services. In Canada Next: 12 Ways to Get Ahead of Disruption, top policy thinkers suggest how Canadians can not only adapt to change but embrace new possibilities in an age of uncertainty.

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Keeping Canada Competitive

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.

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Indigenous Women & the Law: Scholars Discuss Education and Indigenous Legal Orders

Over the past 20 years, Indigenous legal orders (laws rooted in the practices of Indigenous societies), have received increased attention from both the academic and legal communities. In an effort to foster Indigenous legal knowledge-building in Canada, the Public Policy Forum hosted a panel discussion in Ottawa in October.

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Poisoning Democracy: Countering Harmful Speech and Hate Online

Social media platforms provide unprecedented opportunities for citizens, political candidates, activists and civil society groups to communicate, but they also pose new challenges for democracy. One key problem is the rise of harmful speech online, which can undermine democratic participation and debate.

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Sustainable Finance

The Government of Canada's four-person Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance will travel across Canada to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary for five half-day roundtable discussions on the importance of sustainable finance. PPF and the Ivey Foundation are organizing these roundtables in partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Environment & Climate Change Canada, RBC Royal Bank and Suncor. The goal of these roundtables is to better understand the importance of factoring sustainability into investment decisions and capital flows, an area which Canada needs to develop relative to its G7 partners.

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Reconciliation and Corporate Canada

The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is working with its partners to identify corporate champions of reconciliation. These Canadian champions will help develop a knowledge base which the Canadian government, government partners and corporate Canada can use to implement call to action #92, in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) report. Call to action #92 identifies a number of goals including consent, economic development, equitable jobs, and intercultural training.

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Governance in the Digital Age

About the project In 2016–2017, the Public Policy Forum dedicated its annual Prime Ministers of Canada Fellowship to the idea of “governance in the digital age.” Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow Kent Aitken‘s goal was to explore and explain how the world is changing and how governments are responding.  The...

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Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-based Sport

The Public Policy Forum, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, held five roundtables in locations throughout Canada. The goals for these sessions was to raise awareness of emerging issues and deepen our understanding of what values-based sport is; to bring out compelling examples of where values-based sport is already making a difference; to expose the barriers to values-based sport; and to identify the pivotal levers of change, in policy and practice, that will cement values into every aspect of Canadian sport.

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Local News & Democracy

At the start of 2018, PPF, with the support of our six partners, decided to dive deeper into the state of local and community news media. We set out to examine how, exactly, journalistic coverage of communities across Canada has changed over the past decade.

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Expanding the Circle: What Reconciliation and Inclusive Economic Growth Can Mean for Indigenous Peoples and Canada

This project will involve Inuit, Métis and First Nations people in helping translate the impetus for economic reconciliation into actionable policy recommendations to break down barriers and open greater economic opportunity. The Inuit conference will be in Inuvik in November 2018. The events bring together community leaders, Indigenous business leaders, academics, policymakers and young people.

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Canada’s Public Service Digital Leadership

Digital transformation in government raises unique challenges due to its size and structure, and PPF and Amazon Web Services Institute are collaborating to recommend how government can ensure it has a digitally skilled workforce and leadership with the skills to implement transformational technologies. This project builds on the priorities that were identified by a past roundtable of senior leaders, two workshops, and will result in a report on digital skills and leadership, including a focus on equity and inclusion, by Dr. Wendy Cukier of Ryerson University. Findings will be validated at a roundtable of leaders from government and industry in early 2019.

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Canada-U.S. Border – Technology and the Global Context

About the project: Canada’s border policies need to adjust to a rapidly evolving global context. Expediting the global movement of both people and goods without sacrificing security is a key challenge for a country like Canada, an open economy with a heavy dependence on trade. New approaches to trade facilitation are...

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