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

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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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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Governor General’s Innovation Awards

The Governor General’s Innovations Awards were created to foster a culture of innovation by recognizing the outstanding and groundbreaking work taking place in our country. The GGIA are sustained through the efforts of founding and nominating partners. Winners are selected through a two-stage, merit-based selection process. The selection process is...

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Your Energy Future

After 10 months of consultations and conversations, the three YEF Task Forces presented their final reports on March 9, 2018.

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Respect the Referees

The Canadian energy sector is changing, rapidly. The drivers of these changes are local, national, global, environmental, economic and more. Energy regulators face increasing pressure to find balance among competing priorities, and to meet the high standards to which they are held by stakeholders.

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Pathways to Sustainable Access to Innovative Medicines for Canadians

About the project: Many new medicines pose challenges and opportunities for Canada’s healthcare system. They stretch the ability of government to manage incremental costs, to ensure Canadians have access to products that deliver significantly better patient outcomes, and to position Canada as a centre of global investment and innovation. Innovative medicines—defined...

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Political Financing in Canada

In October 2017, the Public Policy Forum and Elections Canada held a roundtable discussion on political financing. Invited experts, including academics, journalists, former political party organizers and other professionals, discussed public and private financing, transparency and campaign spending. The goals of the roundtable were: to foster a thoughtful exchange of...

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Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit

The Public Policy Forum and the Government of Ontario hosted the first Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit in Toronto on Feb. 9-10, 2018. The digital age creates opportunities for people to participate in society, the economy and civic life in new ways – to build businesses, movements, and communities. But we...

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Agents of Parliament

About the project: How can the oversight and guidance of Canada’s agents of Parliament and legislatures be improved while maintaining their autonomy within our Westminster governance model? The Public Policy Forum is studying the current and evolving role of agents, which are better known to Canadians as auditors-general, ethics commissioners...

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Canada’s Innovation Stars: Meet the 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award laureates

The 2017 Governor General’s Innovation Award For the second year in a row, Governor General David Johnston honored eight of Canada’s trailblazing innovators who reshaped lives nationally and abroad. In 2017, awards were handed out to a new way of treating hearing deficits in developing countries around the globe, plastics...

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Canada Growth Summit: Bold ideas and untapped opportunities

While slow economic growth is a global phenomenon, the PPF’s Growth Summit on October 12, 2016, reinforced the fact that Canada has many options to make its economy more competitive on the global stage. The report says the road map for a strong Canada with a competitive economy includes four...

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