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Improving Access to Food and Essential Needs: Options for a More Generous Cash-Transfer Benefit

Improving Access to Food and Essential Needs: Options for a More Generous Cash-Transfer Benefit

The ongo­ing cost-of-liv­ing cri­sis has high­light­ed the defi­cien­cies in Canada’s social safe­ty net. Provin­cial social assis­tance pro­grams, which are sup­posed to pro­vide a min­i­mum lev­el of income to buy food and oth­er essen­tial…

Dire Straits: Houthi aggression in the Bab al-Mandab Strait

Dire Straits: Houthi aggression in the Bab al-Mandab Strait

Since Novem­ber 2023, Yemen’s Ansar Allah mili­tia – known as the Houthis, after its…

The New Mobility Era: Leveraging Digital Technologies for More Equitable, Efficient and Effective Public Transportation

The New Mobility Era: Leveraging Digital Technologies for More Equitable, Efficient and Effective…

Dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies have the poten­tial to enhance urban mobil­i­ty to achieve…

What Spending Two Per Cent of GDP on National Defence Means for Canada

    What Spending Two Per Cent of GDP on National Defence Means for Canada

    The authors are grate­ful to numer­ous defence and secu­ri­ty strate­gists includ­ing…

    Success assured? Appraising the Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia

    Success assured? Appraising the Canadian-led Enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Latvia

    At the 2016 NATO War­saw Sum­mit, mem­bers announced the for­ma­tion of the enhanced…

    We can’t seem to get things done in Canada anymore: how can we fix it?

    We can’t seem to get things done in Canada anymore: how can we fix it?

    Cana­da faces sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges includ­ing weak per capi­ta income growth,…

    A Match Made in Heaven: China-Russia Tech Co-operation and Canada’s National Security

    A Match Made in Heaven: China-Russia Tech Co-operation and Canada’s National Security

    For sev­er­al years, tech­no­log­i­cal co-oper­a­tion between Chi­na and Rus­sia has been…



    So Far, So Good: C.D. Howe Institute Business Cycle Council Declares Recession Avoided in 2022, 2023

    So Far, So Good: C.D. Howe Institute Business Cycle Council Declares Recession Avoided in 2022, 2023

    Weak­ness in Cana­di­an GDP since the Bank of Cana­da began rais­ing its pol­i­cy rate in…

    The Size of Government in Canada in 2022

    The Size of Government in Canada in 2022

    This bul­letin mea­sures the size of gov­ern­ment in Cana­da, by province, based on total…

    Mind the Gaps - How Atlantic Canada can keep up the momentum

    Mind the Gaps - How Atlantic Canada can keep up the momentum

    “Why Atlantic Cana­da Remains White and Poor” — that was the blunt and provoca­tive…

    Government As Enabler: Responding to Canada’s Rising Social Woes

    Government As Enabler: Responding to Canada’s Rising Social Woes

    Cana­di­ans are fac­ing ris­ing lone­li­ness and social iso­la­tion. More than two-fifths…

    Trudeau government must change fiscal approach in upcoming budget
    The China Factor in the Evolution of Cross-Strait Relations, 2024 and Onward

      The China Factor in the Evolution of Cross-Strait Relations, 2024 and Onward

      In the com­ing decade, main­land Chi­na can be expect­ed to con­tin­ue affirm­ing,…

      Federal government should appoint expert panel to study what happened during COVID-19 pandemic, says major new report

        Federal government should appoint expert panel to study what happened during COVID-19 pandemic,…

        A major new report calls on the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to appoint an expert pan­el to…

        The Cost of Business Subsidies in Canada: Updated Edition

        The Cost of Business Subsidies in Canada: Updated Edition

        Busi­ness sub­si­dies deliv­ered through gov­ern­ment spend­ing since 1961 came with…

        Power Plays - How to build a renewable energy future in Atlantic Canada

        Power Plays - How to build a renewable energy future in Atlantic Canada

        With three facil­i­ties in Nova Sco­tia, Miche­lin Cana­da is one of the province’s…



        Conservative criminal justice policy: new directions and alternatives

        Conservative criminal justice policy: new directions and alternatives

        Aim­ing to fill a void in the nation­al con­ver­sa­tion, this paper lays out the key…

        Taiwan’s Pivotal Role in Supply Chains in the Indo-Pacific: Protecting a Global Public Good

        Taiwan’s Pivotal Role in Supply Chains in the Indo-Pacific: Protecting a Global Public Good

        Sup­ply chains have become the key arter­ies of the glob­al econ­o­my. This is…

        B.C.’s day of ‘debt’ reckoning has arrived
        The Canada Pharmacare Act: What do we know, and what do we need to know?

        The Canada Pharmacare Act: What do we know, and what do we need to know?

        Ottawa is buzzing with antic­i­pa­tion of the intro­duc­tion of the Cana­da Phar­ma­care…

        Federal Reforms to Improve Housing Affordability

        Federal Reforms to Improve Housing Affordability

        Few pol­i­cy areas are gain­ing as much atten­tion in Cana­da as hous­ing. This is…

        Business Needs to Help Push Global Trade Referee Back into the Game

        Business Needs to Help Push Global Trade Referee Back into the Game

        The World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion is not top of mind for the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty. But it…

        Is Canada Trying to Break the Internet?

        The AI rev­o­lu­tion has led coun­tries around the world to grap­ple with what the future…

        The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

        The politics of culture wars in contemporary Canada

        “Cul­ture wars” refers to the con­tention between cul­tur­al social­ism –…

        National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

        National Pharmacare: Laying the Groundwork

        Drug cov­er­age in Cana­da is a patch­work of provin­cial, ter­ri­to­r­i­al and…



        When Ottawa caps interest rates, high-risk borrowers don’t get loans

        When Ottawa caps interest rates, high-risk borrowers don’t get loans

        Ottawa has set its sights on rein­ing in preda­to­ry lend­ing rates. Last year it set out…

        Biden's halt on LNG exports presents new opportunity for Canada
        The global resurgence of economic nationalism: A looming threat for Canada

        The global resurgence of economic nationalism: A looming threat for Canada

        A new strain of eco­nom­ic nation­al­ism is reshap­ing poli­cies in the world’s two…

        Hard Things Are Hard: Lessons for Complex Procurement Projects

        Hard Things Are Hard: Lessons for Complex Procurement Projects

        Lost ground can always be regained, lost time nev­er – Franklin D. Roo­sevelt…

        International Control Commissions: Canadian Diplomatic Pioneers in Southeast Asia

        International Control Commissions: Canadian Diplomatic Pioneers in Southeast Asia

        The gov­ern­ment of Cana­da has once again redis­cov­ered South­east Asia. The…

        Canada’s wetlands need to be conserved and restored
        Canada’s justice system at a crossroads - MLI’s Third Justice Report Card

        Canada’s justice system at a crossroads - MLI’s Third Justice Report Card

        The Mac­don­ald-Lau­ri­er Insti­tute just released our third Jus­tice Report Card, which…

        Unlocking Healthcare - How to Free the Flow of Life-Saving Health Data in Canada

        Unlocking Healthcare - How to Free the Flow of Life-Saving Health Data in Canada

        In ear­ly 2023, the Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Forum’s Tak­ing Back Health Care project set out to…

        Canada braces for the possible return of Donald Trump

        Canada braces for the possible return of Donald Trump

        Fol­low­ing the Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry result in New Hamp­shire this week, Cana­da is not…

        Stagnation in Atlantic Canada’s Private Sector: Measuring Progress 2007 to 2019

        Stagnation in Atlantic Canada’s Private Sector: Measuring Progress 2007 to 2019

        The per­for­mance of the pri­vate sec­tor in a province or region is the…

        Military Organizational Change and Emerging Technology: Lessons for Canada

        Military Organizational Change and Emerging Technology: Lessons for Canada

        The Cana­di­an Armed Forces (CAF) are cur­rent­ly react­ing to new threats from…

        Unlocking Indigenous financing: are loan guarantees the answer?

        Unlocking Indigenous financing: are loan guarantees the answer?

        The fed­er­al government’s recent Fall Eco­nom­ic State­ment includ­ed…

        Alberta’s electrical grid is overloaded. Here’s what to know

        Alberta’s electrical grid is overloaded. Here’s what to know

        Record cold led to a string of warn­ings about the province’s maxed-out grid. It’s…

        Trudeau government’s disinterest in entrepreneurship and business investment hurting economy

        Nunavut is reinventing resource assessment

        The Role of Private Hospitals in Australia’s Universal Health Care System

        The Role of Private Hospitals in Australia’s Universal Health Care System

        In Cana­da, since the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic, there has been an increas­ing reliance on…

        Paul Wells – 2024 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism

        Paul Wells – 2024 Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism

        Much has changed in jour­nal­ism over the 30 years that Paul Wells has been writ­ing…

        Understanding the Nature of Canada’s Fiscal and Economic Challenges

        Understanding the Nature of Canada’s Fiscal and Economic Challenges

        The Trudeau gov­ern­ment was first elect­ed in 2015 based in part on a new approach…