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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.

A Better Flight Path: How Ottawa can Cash In on Airports and Benefit Travellers
February 7, 2017 - Steven Robins
The C.D. Howe Institute is embarking on a series of publications on Canada’s infrastructure policies, including electricity, airports, water, and an infrastructure bank. Below is a timely first look...
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...
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...

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20 Apr 2017
Apr
20
  • 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
Mar
28
  • 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
Mar
23
  • 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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