About the C.D. Howe Institute

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada's most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.

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For more than half a century, the C.D. Howe Institute has researched and published on policy challenges and potential solutions aimed at improving the performance of Canada’s economy and raising Canadians’ living standards. We are independent and nonpartisan. We are a registered Canadian charity: the generosity of our members and supporters makes our work possible.

Among the highlights of the C.D. Howe Institute’s work over the years are liberalization of trade and investment in North America, the development of inflation targets, putting the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans on a sustainable footing, and reforms to personal, business and sales taxes. More recent changes in immigration policy, healthcare, fiscal accountability and pension policy show how the Institute’s work continues to help Canadians and governments at all levels frame and address key economic challenges. With the most rigorous expert review process in the industry, the Institute consistently attracts top-calibre academics and leaders from the public and private sectors as collaborators. 2014 saw yet another Institute publication garner the Canadian Economics Association’s Purvis Prize for excellence in economic policy writing; the Institute has won over a quarter of these prizes.

Beyond its written output, the C.D. Howe Institute’s efforts to support good policy extend to our forums for informed discussion. Our policy councils, roundtable luncheons and special events bring policymakers, academics and other experts, and private-sector leaders together to exchange facts, analysis and points of view. Here too, the Institute both thrives in, and contributes to, Canada’s tradition of open and civil debate.

The Institute takes great pride in its contribution to Canada’s standing as a top-ranked country in which to live, work, invest, and innovate. 

Welcome to the C.D. Howe Institute.



William B.P. Robson 


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