March 30, 2021
The Ontario government recently introduced its 2021-22 budget. Ontario 360’s research and analysis figured prominently in the budget, including policy recommendations reflected in some key budget proposals.
December 2, 2020
Reforming fiscal federalism must address intergovernmental entangling of services and policies. The Council of the Federation could play a key role.
October 23, 2020
Our collective attention has shifted away from economic growth at the precise moment that it’s been slowing. It’s almost as if we’ve decided that we can’t do much about it one way or the other so there’s no point in worrying. Stagnation has bred complacency.
October 8, 2020
A post-pandemic recovery must be anchored in economic growth and productivity while including newer policy thinking around inclusivity.
May 25, 2020
Sean Speer, project director of Ontario 360, joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss 60 policy recommendations for the province that include, fiscal policy, manufacturing and competitiveness, and health-care supply chains. The project will include COVID-19 concerns.
May 15, 2020
OPINION: Governments are going to use COVID-19 to do what they wanted to do anyway. In Ontario, that’ll mean a return to austerity politics
May 14, 2020
As governments across Canada and around the world wrestle with finding the right time and right way to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, Ford made no apologies Thursday for his cautious approach.
“We have a long way to go,” the premier emphasized as he unveiled the first stage of Ontario’s road map and timetable.
January 24, 2020
From the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed, Ontarians interact with municipal services. The water they use to shower, the garbage they roll out to the curb, the roads they drive on to work, the transit on which they ride, and the streetlights that light up their street – all are services delivered to residents by municipal governments.
November 27, 2019
Included in the Ontario government's fall economic statement was a commitment to regional economic development. Two reports by Ontario 360, a project by the Munk School of Global Affairs, examine Ontario's rural-urban divide and what policy options exist to bridge the gap, including Opportunity Zones. The Agenda spoke with two of the authors, Sean Speer and Weseem Ahmed, about their findings.
November 18, 2019
The Council of the Federation meeting on December 2 will be an opportunity for provincial and territorial premiers to set aside their differences and coalesce around a set of shared priorities to advocate to the federal government. One key issue of common interest is Canada’s growing regional economic disparity in general and the urban-rural divide in particular. Developing a policy agenda to extend opportunity to rural and economically distressed communities ought to be an animating priority for first ministers.
November 15, 2019
Last week’s fall economic statement from the Ontario government highlighted the province’s efforts to transform its skills-training regime. The policy and programming changes are sweeping, and include the consolidation of hundreds of employment service contracts into a small number of regional arrangements.
November 14, 2019
Embedded in last week’s Fall Economic Statement from the Ontario government was a recognition of one of the most significant policy challenges facing the province. The statement highlighted Ontario’s growing regional economic disparity and the need to “increase economic prosperity in all parts of the province.”
November 12, 2019
Social assistance in Ontario is a waste of time and money.
The goals of social assistance – providing financial assistance to people in great need and helping them find work – are among the most important things government can do. But the current system wastes countless hours on paperwork and red tape. And the government wastes precious resources on programs that don’t actually help people improve their lives.
October 29, 2019
The system has consistently prioritized punitive rules and mechanisms in the name of accountability and limiting beneficiaries, rather than lowering barriers to employment,” says the report by Ontario 360, an initiative of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
May 3, 2018
Ontario 360 is a University of Toronto initiative that offers policy advice to the province ahead of the upcoming election. Jennifer Robson joins The Agenda to outline ideas that could level the post-secondary education gap between wealthy and lower income families.
May 3, 2018
The unemployment rate among young people in Ontario is more than double the rate of the general population. Vass Bednar chaired the federal government's "Expert Panel on Youth Employment." and shares her advice on what it could take to get young people into the workforce.
May 3, 2018
As part of a University of Toronto initiative to offer policy advice to politicians, The Agenda welcomes Alison Smith, who has written about solving homelessness in Ontario, one of the biggest challenges facing the government.
May 2, 2018
A market-based approach to address housing affordability
May 2, 2018
In the lead up to the Ontario election, 30 evidence-based policy ideas were released in 30 days
April 30, 2018
A litmus test in Ontario to see which political parties care about expanding access to post-secondary education and which just prefer grandstanding about tuition and/or student aid.
April 26, 2018
Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, delivers opening remarks at Ontario 360’s Social Policy and Opportunity Roundtable with Jennifer Robson
April 25, 2018
An evidence-based solution to expand access to affordable housing
April 18, 2018
A solution to our regional co-ordination problem
April 1, 2018
Ontario 360 launches its 30-on-30 initiative – 30 big policy ideas for Ontario in 30 days
March 29, 2018
A project at the University of Toronto aims to develop and disseminate evidence-based public policy ideas for the Ontario election and the transition afterwards
March 28, 2018
Economic analysts comment on the Ontario Liberal budget in the lead up to the 2018 general election. Joining The Agenda are: Angella MacEwen, senior economist, Canadian Labour Congress; and Sean Speer, University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance.
March 21, 2018
Ontario 360, a new initiative housed at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, launches today.