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This research area covers policies affecting education and skills acquisition and retention, in addition to examining policies, such as employment insurance, social assistance, training programs, or barriers to mobility, affecting the incentives, employment opportunities and labour market outcomes of Canadians or specific groups of Canadians.

Toward a New Balance in Social Policy: The Future Role of Guaranteed Annual Income within the Safety Net
January 24, 2017 - Peter Hicks
Providing a comprehensive, one-size-fits-all guaranteed annual income (GAI) is not the best solution to fighting poverty in Canada, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Toward...
Unfair Advantage? School Fundraising Capabilities and Student Results
January 10, 2017 - David Johnson, Huijie Guo, Master of Business Economics and Wilfrid Laurier University
There is little correlation between fundraising success at schools and student grades, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Unfair Advantage? School Fundraising Capabilities and...
Precarious Positions: Policy Options to Mitigate Risks in Non-standard Employment
December 2, 2016 - Colin Busby and Ramya Muthukumaran
Canada should strengthen the safety net under workers in precarious jobs, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Precarious Positions: Policy Options to Mitigate Risks in Non-...
Unequal Access: Making Sense of EI Eligibility Rules and How to Improve Them
May 18, 2016 - David M. Gray and Colin Busby
Improvements, not an overhaul, are needed for Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Unequal Access: Making Sense of EI Eligibility Rules and How...
National Priorities 2016
March 3, 2016
The National Priorities 2016 series provides a high level overview of key issues that the federal and provincial governments need to address, and provides an opportunity to highlight policy...
Job One is Jobs: Workers Need Better Policy Support and Stronger Skills
February 2, 2016 - Craig Alexander
Canada’s policy makers should focus on four priorities to spur growth in Canada’s economy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Job One is Jobs: Workers Need Better Policy...
Canada’s Troubling Downward Trend in Work-Force Skills - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Canada faces a troubling trend in the skills levels of its work force. Despite more Canadians obtaining a postsecondary education between 2003 and 2012, literacy and numeracy skills have slid. What...
Parisa Mahboubi - High Education, Lower Literacy: What to Do?
Intelligence Memos
From: Parisa Mahboubi To: Canada’s ministers of education and skills development Date: November 20, 2017 Re: High Education, Lower Literacy: What to Do? Canada’s workforce has experienced a troubling...
What Is to Blame for the Widening Racial Earnings Gap? - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Canada's labour force has become more diverse, but visible minorities as a whole still struggle to achieve parity in the labour market. Even accounting for differences in individuals' characteristics...
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  • Inside Access: Thinking about Minimum Wage Increases in Alberta: Theoretically, Empirically, and Regionally
Conference Call with Joseph Marchand, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
Conference Call
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
07 Sep 2017
Sep
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  • Inside Access: Closing the Divide: Progress and Challenges in Adult Skills Development among Indigenous Peoples
Conference Call with Parisa Mahboubi, Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute and Colin Busby, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
06 Sep 2017
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  • Inside Access: Red Flags for Educators: Lessons for Canada in the PISA
Conference Call with John Richards, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Conference Call
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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