July 6, 2015

Policy Impact

The C.D. Howe Institute is Canada’s most trusted source of essential policy intelligence. For more than five decades, its track record of providing the definitive analysis of the major issues facing the country has solidified its status as “required reading” amongst senior decisionmakers from coast to coast. Institute policy intelligence has laid the intellectual ground for such fundamental achievements as:

  • The development of continental free trade;
  • Ending the unsustainable deficits of the 1970s and 1980s;
  • The development of rigorous inflation targets and tactically effective monetary policy;
  • The reform of the Canadian and Quebec pension plans;
  • Lower and more competitive tax rates; and
  • The development of a key new saving vehicle, the Tax Free Saving Account.

As a truly national think tank beholden to no interest group or alignment, the C.D. Howe Institute’s work is as essential as ever.

“The C.D. Howe Institute’s work is invaluable to the nation.”
— The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

“Regardless of whether one agrees with the thrust of a C.D. Howe Institute study, its impact on policy debates is undeniable.”
— The Right Honorable  Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada.

“Since its founding in 1958, the C.D. Howe Institute has been active in economic and social policy issues across Canada. By providing publications and forums for debate, your organization has promoted economic policies of concern to a number of citizens across the country.”
— Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the US and Former Premier of Manitoba

“The Department of Finance and the C.D. Howe Institute have a long history of interaction …we appreciate the topical relevance and analytical quality of the Institute’s policy research, which promotes active dialogue among Canadians on key policy issues.”
— Michael Horgan, Deputy Minister, Finance Canada

“As Canadians, we value the freedom to engage in lively and spirited debate on issues of importance to our country. We understand that a diversity of well-formed opinions makes us stronger. Since its inception in 1958, the C.D. Howe Institute has brought a unique perspective to public policy issues.”
— Shawn Graham, Former Premier of New Brunswick

“The C.D Howe Institute has a longstanding tradition of improving the standard of living for Canadians from coast to coast by fostering sound economic and social policy. Numerous businesses, labour groups, policymakers and the general public have benefited from your research data that is conducted by leading experts in their respective fields.”
— Robert Ghiz, Premier of PEI

“More than any other think thank, the C.D. Howe Institute commands attention.”
— National Post