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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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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Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Key Sectors of the Canadian Economy

About the project:  We know the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) will have far-reaching implications for our world, but we know very little about those implications. Researchers and business leaders are moving quickly to explore and exploit an ever-growing field of AI advantages and opportunities. Policy makers, recognizing the profound...

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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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Immigration to Small Ontario Centres

Communities and regions across Canada are looking to immigration as one of a variety of approaches to help offset shrinking and aging populations and boost economic development. The hope of some smaller communities and regions is that newcomers will balance the pressure that an aging population places on services and public budgets.

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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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