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Innovation and Business Growth


This research area covers policies that affect the climate or incentives for business investment, and that influence business growth and innovation stemming from or embodied in human capital, R&D, fixed investments or the organisation of businesses themselves, including corporate governance issues.

Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach
December 14, 2017 - Daniel Schwanen
Canada’s mediocre innovation performance calls for a broader policy approach, according to a new report from the C. D. Howe Institute. In “Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach,” author...
Equipment Failure: Feeble Business Investment Costs Canadians their Competitive Edge
March 24, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Aaron Jacobs and Benjamin Dachis
Business investment per worker in Canada is at its worst level compared to the United States in more than a quarter century, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Equipment Failure:...
Government Intervention in Venture Capital in Canada: Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability
January 26, 2017 - Richard Rémillard
Governments across Canada need to reform their approach to venture capital policy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Government Intervention in Venture Capital in Canada:...
A Crisis of Capital: Canadian Workers Need More Tools, Buildings and Equipment
December 16, 2015 - Aaron Jacobs, Benjamin Dachis and William B.P. Robson
For the first time since the 2008-2009 economic crisis and recession, capital investment by business has declined, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “A Crisis of Capital: Canadian...
Mushrooms and Yeast: The Implications of Technological Progress for Canada’s Economic Growth
September 2, 2015 - Peter Howitt
Economic growth from technological innovation tends to spring up in unpredictable places, creating winners and losers, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Mushrooms and Yeast: The...
Small Business Preferences as a Barrier to Growth: Not so Tall After All
May 20, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis and John Lester
Small business tax breaks do not create significant barriers to growth, but they still come with a high cost, says a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Small Business Preferences...
Move over, Waterloo and Ottawa: Calgary is now out-innovating you - CBC's The Road Ahead
Which is the most innovative city in Canada? You might be surprised to know that Calgary has now taken the lead on that front, as measured by one of the most common ways of gauging innovation — ...
Sorry, Mr. Morneau, but there’s no denying that Canada’s competitiveness is dismal: Financial Post Op-Ed
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and economist Jack Mintz debated Canada’s competitiveness for business investment in Wednesday’s FP Comment. Morneau said Canada’s competitiveness is good, and...
Anthony Niblett - Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape
Intelligence Memos
From: Anthony Niblett To: Regulators and the Regulated across Canada Date: April 10, 2018 Re: Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape Government regulation of individual and business activity is...

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16 Mar 2018
  • Inside Access: Canada's 2018 Innovation Policy Report Card
Conference Call with Daniel Schwanen, Vice President, Research, C.D. Howe Institute and Rosalie Wyonch, Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Friday, March 16, 2018, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
15 Feb 2018
  • The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Ontario
Building and Maintaining Ontario’s Place in the New Global Economy
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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07 Feb 2018
  • Blockchain 2.0 – Applying Blockchain to Capital Markets
Webinar with Usman Sheikh and Fredrik Voss
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

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