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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.

Tapping the Land: Tax Increment Financing of Infrastructure
March 29, 2016 - Adam Found
Cities across Canada should consider new and innovative approaches to financing their share of infrastructure spending, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Tapping the Land: Tax...
Getting More Buildings for our Bucks: Canadian Infrastructure Policy in 2016
January 13, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis
Canadian governments need to spend wisely in order to maximize their infrastructure dollars, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Getting More Buildings for our Bucks: Canadian...
Tackling Traffic: The Economic Cost of Congestion in Metro Vancouver
March 9, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis
The hidden costs of congestion are between $500 million and $1.2 billion a year for the Metro Vancouver area, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Tackling Traffic: The...
The Public Purse versus Private Wallets: Comparing Provincial Approaches to Investing in Economic Growth
June 25, 2014 - Philip Cross
Canadian provinces have parted ways when it comes to their share of public- versus private-sector investment, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “The Public Purse versus Private...
The Valuation of Public Projects: Risks, Cost of Financing and Cost of Capital
September 12, 2013 - Eric Gravel, Marcel Boyer and Sandy Mokbel
The costs of public sector investments in infrastructure projects are underestimated and should include the risks to taxpayers who backstop them, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe...
How Ottawa Can Deliver a Reformed Canada Post
August 8, 2013 - Benjamin Dachis
The federal government should progressively allow new entrants to bid for some of the mail services currently provided by Canada Post, says a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “How...
How Private Investment in Infrastructure Can Benefit Taxpayers: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Canada is about to embark on one of the largest infrastructure investment programs in recent history, and Ottawa is poised to set up the Canada Infrastructure Bank to attract institutional investment...
Why the B.C. Liberals and NDP are Both Wrong About Bridge Tolls: Maclean's
Op-Ed
Read the latest opinion piece from Blake Shaffer in Maclean's.
Benjamin Dachis - The Role for the Infrastructure Bank
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: Jim Leech, Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank Date: March 31, 2017 Re: The Role for the Infrastructure Bank With the government’s budget planning to expedite...

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  • Inside Access: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Finance Infrastructure
Conference Call with Steven Robins, Joint MBA and Master Public Policy Candidate, Harvard University
Conference Call
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
28 Mar 2017
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  • Inside Access: How Institutional Investment in Public Infrastructure can Benefit Taxpayers and Consumers
Conference Call with Ben Dachis, Associate Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
23 Mar 2017
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  • Inside Access: Increasing Canada's Competitive Edge through Capital Investments
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute; and Ben Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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