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Canadian Economics    January 23, 2023

Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, and Calgary are the biggest census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in Canada and have been major drivers of growth in the country. With a combined economic output of nearly $870 billion in 2019 (real 2012 dollars), their sheer size suggests that they’ve played an important role in shaping and driving the Canadian economy over time.

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Signs of Softer Markets to Come: Metropolitan Housing Starts

Canadian Economics    December 1, 2022

Only four CMAs remain in the Up-Up quandrant this month, two fewer than last month. All of the Quebec CMAs have slipped into negative expectations for both the short and long terms.

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The Resale Market Stabilizes: Metropolitan Resale Snapshot

Canadian Economics    December 1, 2022

National existing home sales inched higher in October as an increase of 1.3 per cent interrupted a string of seven straight declines. Buyers continue to be wary against a backdrop of high interest rates and uncertain economic prospects.

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Inflation and Interest Rates Bring New Challenges: Major City Insights

Canadian Economics    October 21, 2022

While ongoing supply chain issues and other challenges sparked by the pandemic are still headaches, COVID-19 is no longer the biggest risk to the economies of most major cities across Canada. The main concern in the near term is the impact of stubbornly high inflation and rising interest rates.

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Paving the Way to an Election

Canadian Economics    April 29, 2022

Seemingly taking a page from the federal budget’s playbook, this provincial fiscal plan echoed the increased spending and infrastructure themes of its federal counterparts. This de-emphasis on a balanced budget as the critical fiscal target over the next few years allows the province the flexibility to present a more realistic—though still challenging—spending plan that will not detract from the economic recovery.

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Delivery Notice: Sustainable Urban Freight Solutions for the Last Mile

Sustainability    April 28, 2022

E-commerce growth is being fuelled by retail innovation and shifting consumer behaviour. Consumers and businesses are increasingly comfortable with digital purchasing and attracted to the convenience and choice provided by digital shopping environments. Retailers are improving the quality of the online storefront experience and increasing the efficiency of logistics operations.

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Making Rural Immigration Work: Settlement Services in Small and Rural Communities

Immigration    March 31, 2022

In Canada, immigrants disproportionately settle in urban areas. The three largest cities—Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver—are home to 35 per cent of Canada’s population but receive more than half of all arriving immigrants. Canada needs a strategy to establish and fund settlement services in small and rural communities.

Impact paper  •  46-min read

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Essential Skills for Learning and Working: Perspectives From Education and Employment Leaders Across Canada

Education & Skills    March 10, 2022

How can workers be sure they have the skills they will need to succeed? How we learn and demonstrate skills through qualifications is also changing. For example, while there is much uncertainty around the future of microcredentials, these new, short-term offerings are becoming increasingly common.

Impact paper  •  16-min read
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Social and Digital Infrastructure: Laying the Groundwork for an Inclusive Recovery

Education & Skills    March 8, 2022

Gaps in Canada’s infrastructure leave many without the social and digital supports they need to succeed. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified these gaps. Too many Canadians, without basic services including child care and broadband Internet connection, are unable to access employment and education.

Impact paper  •  18-min read
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Wellbeing by Design: Lessons from the Pandemic on Canadian Communities and the Built Environment

Sustainability    February 8, 2022

Changing our built environment has tremendous potential to help Canadians live healthier lives. Throughout the pandemic of 2020–22 we are learning lessons that can advance the thought process. But reflection is key to this advancement. Through a series of interviews and assessment, this report gathers new insights that inform: how the design of the built environment can contribute to community wellbeing and the research and editing of the Community Wellbeing Framework, version 2.

Impact paper  •  22-min read

How Ontario Universities Benefit Regional Economies

Innovation & Technology    December 9, 2021

The purpose of this study is to quantify the collective economic impacts of Ontario universities in the various regions of the province. Universities create economic and social value for their host communities through a multitude of channels. First, universities support economic activity via spending related to their activities.

Impact paper  •  30-min read

Workplaces for the Future: A Playbook for Municipal Leaders on Exploring Remote, Hybrid, and On-Site Models

Human Resources    October 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented employers with a unique opportunity to reinvent the workplace. For most organizations, the future workplace will likely involve a blend of remote and on-site work. This impact paper examines the benefits and challenges of fully on-site, fully remote, and hybrid workplace models for the Regional Municipality of York.

Impact paper  •  32-min read

Green Homes: Sustainable Finance for Residential Retrofits

Sustainability    August 18, 2021

Single-attached and detached homes are responsible for approximately 7 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Reducing this requires new financing tools that make it easier to invest in building improvements. That’s a challenge. Sustainable financial innovation is needed both to mitigate consumer barriers and to connect individual projects to green capital markets.

Issue briefing  •  15-min read