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August 9, 2012

Business investment in Canada is picking up relative to its international peers, but underlying problems remain, according to a report released by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “From Living Well to Working Well: Raising Canada’s Performance in Non-residential Investment,” authors Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson identify widely divergent performances by provinces and a surge in the flow of  funds  to the residential sector away from the non-residential sector as problems to be addressed by policy reforms. “Policies that enhance competition and remove biases against non-residential investment could boost capital spending by businesses and improve Canadian workers’ prospects for higher incomes,” said Benjamin Dachis, Senior Policy Analyst.

 

Benjamin Dachis
Benjamin Dachis

Benjamin Dachis is Director of Public Affairs for the C.D. Howe Institute. In his role, he furthers the Institute’s mission to improve Canada’s economic performance by enhancing the visibility, reputation and impact of its research and activities. Benjamin started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a Research Fellow and also has experience with major U.S. and U.K. think tanks.

William B.P. Robson
William Robson

Bill Robson took office as CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research from 2000 to 2003. He has written more than 240 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues.