National Newswatch

A New Innovation Mandate for a New Innovation Minister

Jan 13 2021 — Robert Asselin — You are taking on your new role at a challenging time. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a brighter economic future for all Canadians will require a long-term plan and strategic investments in our productive capacity. Greater productivity drives economic growth, business investment and employment, which in turn will generate higher living standards, more […]

Options for Taxing CERB Payments

Apr 17 2020 — Ken Boessenkool — Canada’s social safety net has evolved slowly and carefully in an overlapping federal system of transfers and benefits. Ottawa has responsibility for the tax system and Employment Insurance (EI). The provinces have primary responsibility for most social assistance and disability programs. As these programs have developed and changed over the years, overlaps and conflicts have […]

Why tearing up the Beer Store deal is good for business

Jun 24 2019 — Anindya Sen — Bill 115 has been passed by the Ontario legislature, and with it, the current government has embarked on the path of a truly competitive retail alcohol market in the province. With respect to beer, this reform should lead to availability at more grocery stores with enhanced choice in pack sizes. Convenience stores will also be […]

Quebec’s Pharmacare Didn’t Break the Bank

Jun 12 2019 — Rosalie Wyonch — One option for achieving universal prescription drug insurance coverage would see each province include drugs alongside doctors and hospital bills in the existing medicare system. In my new C.D. Howe Institute paper, I evaluate various options for implementing universal pharmacare to estimate the additional cost of providing drug coverage for people with no insurance. Across […]

Swimming with Whales: How to Encourage Competition from Small Banks

Oct 4 2016 — John Jason — Ottawa should consider new regulatory approaches to bolster the role of smaller financial institutions if it is to achieve its goals of enhancing quality, price and innovation in that sector, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Swimming with Whales: How to Encourage Competition from Small Banks,” author John Jason suggests […]

The Bigger Picture: How the Fourth Pillar Impacts Retirement Preparedness

Sep 27 2016 — — Fourth-pillar assets significantly improve the outlook for Canadian households’ retirement readiness, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Bigger Picture: How the Fourth Pillar Impacts Retirement Preparedness,” authors Jeremy Kronick and Alexandre Laurin provide a comprehensive assessment of fourth-pillar assets in Canada.

Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

Aug 24 2016 — — Canadian liquefied natural gas has the potential to lower global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Clearing the Air: How Canadian LNG Exports Could Help Meet World Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals,” authors James Coleman and Sarah Jordaan show policymakers how they can make their policies on liquefied natural gas […]