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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.

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...
Casting Off: How Ottawa Can Maximize the Value of Canada's Major Ports and Benefit Taxpayers
June 15, 2017 - Steven Robins
Ottawa should cash in part of its $3 billion stake in major sea ports by bringing in private investors, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Casting Off: How Ottawa Can Maximize the...
Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs
April 19, 2017 - Steven Robins
Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Surge...
Ben Dachis - Stop Hosing Homebuyers with Water-Related Development Charges
Intelligence Memos
To: Municipalities that Impose Development Charges From: Benjamin Dachis Date: August 10, 2018 Re: Stop Hosing Homebuyers with Water-Related Development Charges Canadian municipalities are hurting...
Dachis, Tsao - Get Rid of Jurassic Parking
Intelligence Memos
(Today, we revisit an Intelligence Memo with a smart policy recommendation.) From: Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao To: Canadian Municipal Parking Regulators Date: August 2, 2018 Re: Get Rid of...
Curbs on demand won’t solve surging house prices in Canada - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
The cost of housing has been going through the roof in many parts of Canada. Most government policies have focused on curtailing the demand for housing. Ontario and B.C. have introduced foreign-...
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
12 Oct 2017
Oct
12
  • Global Forces: Thriving in an Age of Disruption
Roundtable Luncheon with Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Calgary, 421 7 Ave SW #4000
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
26 Jun 2017
Jun
26
  • Inside Access: Private Investment in Seaports & Provincially Owned Electricity Utilities
Conference Call with Steven Robins, 2017  joint MBA and Master in Public Policy Recipient from Harvard University
Conference Call
Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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