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This research area covers the evaluation of the costs and benefits of capital projects of Canadian governments, such as roads, ports or public utilities, of financing modes for such projects, such as public-private partnerships, and the contribution of public infrastructure to economic growth.

Dammed If You Do: How Sunk Costs Are Dragging Canadian Electricity Ratepayers Underwater
January 17, 2019 - A.J. Goulding and Jarome Leslie
Cost-overruns at several large-scale hydro projects in Canada raise questions about the economic viability of continuing construction to completion. In “Dammed If You Do: How Sunk Costs Are Dragging...
A Roadmap to Municipal Reform: Improving Life in Canadian Cities
October 25, 2018
Cities across Canada have the greatest effect of any level of government on the daily lives of Canadians, yet city councils seem hamstrung by the problems they face. There are solutions, according to...
Hosing Homebuyers: Why Cities Should Not Pay for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure with Development Charges
August 9, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
August 9, 2018 - Canadian municipalities are hurting housing affordability by imposing expensive water charges on development, according to a new report published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...
Buildings with Benefits: The Defect of Density Bonusing
April 17, 2018 - Aaron Moore
Ontario should scrap arbitrary and opaque density bonusing deals between municipalities and developers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Buildings with Benefits: The Defect...
Adding More Juice: How Private Investors can Improve the Performance of Provincial Power Assets
June 27, 2017 - Steven Robins
Consumers would likely enjoy lower power bills if provincial governments welcomed more private investment in electricity utilities, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Adding...
Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians
June 20, 2017 - Steven Robins
Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada...
William B.P. Robson - Canada’s Cities are Richer than We Think
Intelligence Memos
To: Canada’s Finance Ministers From: William B.P. Robson Date: January 14, 2019 Re: Canada’s Cities are Richer than We Think As Canada’s finance ministers know as well as anyone, our federal and...
William B.P. Robson - Stimulus is Over – Now Your Spending is Crowding Everyone Else Out
Intelligence Memos
Federal budgets are an annual rite of spring in Ottawa, as is the deluge of advice to the Department of Finance. But budget-making is a yearlong process, and the work is now in progress. Accordingly...
Found, Tomlinson - Tax Barriers to Investment – Large Canadian Cities Edge Out US Competitors
Intelligence Memos
From: Adam Found and Peter Tomlinson To: Business Investors Date: October 18, 2018 Re: Tax Barriers to Investment – Large Canadian Cities Edge Out US Competitors Governments across Canada have made...
Évaluation de projets publics: risques, coût de financement et coût du capital
Research
Le coût des investissements du secteur public dans les projets d'infrastructures sont sous-estimés et doivent comprendre les risques encourus par les contribuables, selon un rapport publié aujourd'...
16 Aug 2018
Aug
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  • Inside Access: Hosing Homebuyers - Why Cities Should Not Pay for Water & Wastewater Infrastructure with Development Charges
An exclusive members only conference call with Daniel Schwanen
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
16 May 2018
May
16
  • Canadian Commercial Real Estate: Trends, Risks & Outlook
Roundtable Luncheon with Andrew Barnicke, Ugo Bizzarri and Jeremy Wedgbury
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
10 Apr 2018
Apr
10
  • P3s and the Path to Sustainable Infrastructure
Roundtable Luncheon with Michael Lindsay, Gadi Mayman, Mark Romoff and Douglas Younger
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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