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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.

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...
New and Improved: How to Bring Institutional Investment into Public Infrastructure
March 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis
Ottawa should encourage widespread investment in existing and new infrastructure by institutional investors, such as pension plans and insurers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...
Let cities work together to solve regional transit issues - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Many of the challenges that urban regions face spill over the boundaries of municipal governments – none more so than in the current Ontario debate over public transit. The incoming government would...
Jeremy Kronick - Ottawa’s National Housing Strategy Misses the Biggest Target
Intelligence Memos
From: Jeremy Kronick To: The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Date: February 6, 2018 Re: Ottawa’s National Housing Strategy Misses the Biggest Target The...
Benjamin Dachis - Bring Cities Back to the Table at Metrolinx
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation for Ontario Date: January 31, 2018 Subject: Bring Cities Back to the Table at Metrolinx There have been many ideas...
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'...
12 Oct 2017
Oct
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  • 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
22 Jun 2017
Jun
22
  • Inside Access: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians
Conference Call with Steven Robins, 2017  joint MBA and Master in Public Policy Recipient from Harvard University
Conference Call
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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