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Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel Standards
July 19, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis

Ottawa should clear up confusion about its plans for clean fuel standards, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute.  In “Speed Bump Ahead: Ottawa Should Drive Slowly on Clean Fuel...

Canada's 2018 Innovation Policy Report Card
February 28, 2018 - Daniel Schwanen and Rosalie Wyonch

This E-Brief introduces a new innovation policy report card, comparing key policy indicators affecting innovation performance across 14 countries, focusing on the implications for Canada.


From “Social Licence” to “Social Partnership”: Promoting Shared Interests for Resource and Infrastructure Development
December 1, 2015 - Geoffrey Hale and Yale Belanger

With the new federal government committed to reviewing the approval process for major resource projects, a key focus should be on encouraging stronger social partnerships between stakeholders,...

Let the Market Decide: The Case Against Mandatory Pick-and-Pay

A proposal by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to mandate “pick-and-pay” television offerings for Canadians is deeply misguided, according to a report from...

Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential
May 6, 2014 - Nicholas Li

Consumers should blame government policy, not retail price gouging for large Canada-US price gaps, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US...

Registering in Harmony: The Case for Pan-Canadian Corporate Registration
February 25, 2014 - Daniel Schwanen and Omar Chatur

Canadian businesses face costly red tape when they want to do business across provincial borders; a problem that is hindering business expansion and economic growth, according to a report released...

Curbs on demand won’t solve surging house prices in Canada - Globe and Mail 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-...
Anthony Niblett - Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape
Intelligence Memos
From: Anthony Niblett To: Regulators and the Regulated across Canada Date: April 10, 2018 Re: Machines to the Rescue in Cutting Red Tape Government regulation of individual and business activity is...
Ontario makes a hash of marijuana retail distribution: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Ontario has announced that it will restrict retail of recreational marijuana to LCBO-run stores. Only 40 of these locations will be in place by next July 1, the federal target date for...

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