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Bits, Bytes, and Taxes: VAT and the Digital Economy in Canada
August 23, 2017 - Rosalie Wyonch

Foreign providers of online services enjoy a tax advantage over domestic providers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Bits, Bytes, and Taxes: VAT and the Digital...

Promoting Innovation and Efficiency by Streamlining Competition Reviews
March 2, 2017 - Brian Facey and Joshua Krane

It is time for Ottawa to reform its merger review process to ensure that Canada is actively promoting efficiencies and innovation, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Promoting...

Swimming with Whales: How to Encourage Competition from Small Banks
October 4, 2016 - John Jason

Ottawa should consider new regulatory approaches to bolster the role of smaller financial institutions if it is to achieve its goals of enhancing quality, price and innovation in that sector,...

Changing the Channel on Canadian Communications Regulation
May 25, 2016 - Daniel Schwanen and Benjamin Dachis

Canada’s communications and broadcasting world has changed dramatically in recent decades, but its communications and broadcasting statutes and regulations have not kept pace, states a new report...

Joint Venture: A Blueprint for Federal and Provincial Marijuana Policy
April 20, 2016 - Anindya Sen

Canada’s budding legal marijuana market requires federal-provincial cooperation in order to succeed, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Joint Venture: A Blueprint for Federal and...

The Future of Canadian Energy Policy
January 7, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis

Canada’s energy sector will need to think about more than just low oil prices in 2016. There are numerous structural issues facing the sector that will need to be overcome, according to a new...

Alexandre Laurin – How Could a Tax Credit Work for Ontario’s Minimum Wage Workers?
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin To: The new Ontario Government Date: June 22, 2018 Re: How Could a Tax Credit Work for Ontario’s Minimum Wage Workers? The widely held view in economics is that progressive tax...
Dachis, Fanaki - Two Big Jobs for the Next Commissioner of Competition
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis and Adam Fanaki To: The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Date: May 23, 2018 Re: Two Big Jobs for the Next Commissioner of...
Help Wanted: Priorities for a New Competition Commissioner
Other Research
Report of the C.D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council   There’s a major job vacancy coming soon in Ottawa: The Commissioner of Competition. The current Commissioner, John Pecman, will be...

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