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Intergovernmental Economic & Social Policy

The Mowat Centre’s research on intergovernmental economic and social policy looks at issues that matter to Ontarians and to Canadians through the lens of our federal system. Canada’s federal character shapes the economic and social policies that are essential to Canadians’ prosperity and well-being. Our research is focused on informing strong debates and sound decision-making on public policy for our federation. This includes a strong emphasis on Ontario’s unique place in the federation and perspectives on federal policy decisions.


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A Different Ontario

This series of reports takes a close look at data from the 2016 Census to chart the most important trends and to discuss their implications for policymakers. Many of the Census results, such as those related to aging or diversity, have been widely reported. But a closer look at the data reveals both trends that have been overlooked and important nuances that merit more attention from policymakers and the public.


Portraits 2017

The Portraits 2017 series analyzes survey data from a comprehensive study of public opinion in Ontario and Quebec. The survey focused on a wide range of subjects, including federalism, the economy, social programs, international trade, immigration and diversity, and relations with Indigenous peoples.

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Research Initiative on Education and Skills

The Research Initiative on Education and Skills is an innovative collaborative policy research initiative led by the Mowat Centre and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Its purpose is to access, analyze and mobilize data relating to the education, skills and labour market outcomes of Canadians, and to disseminate the findings to inform policy development.