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    • Temporary or Transitional? – Migrant Workers’ Experiences with Permanent Residence in Canada

      Although more and more temporary migrant workers are becoming permanent residents in Canada, their experience with immigration opportunities remains under-studied. This study aims to fill that gap by examining the lived experience of migrant workers — in skilled and low-skilled occupations — who transition to permanent residence   Click here to read the report



      NYC Center for Economic Opportunity Independent Evaluation – Sector-Focused Career Centers Evaluation: Effects on Employment and Earnings After One Year

        Sectoral employment has emerged as an innovative approach to workforce development in which unemployed and underskilled workers are provided with services and training needed to fill positions in sectors with high growth potential. This report examines the sectoral employment initiative sponsored and managed by the New York City (NYC) Department of Small Business Services […]



      ESCALATOR – Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers – Companies and Youth Moving Up in the World

        A region where all young people thrive, and where their talents and drive contribute to the regional economy. That’s our vision for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). But we are facing a harsh reality – as many as 83,000 youth in the GTHA are not in education, employment or training. While our […]



      Moving Forward Together: An Employer Perspective on the Design of Skills Training Programs in Ontario

      This report presents the business perspective on the steps the Government of Ontario can take as it evolves the province’s suite of training and employment services. Specifically, this report makes five recommendations that, if taken, will go a long way in ensuring employer-driven training and employment programs, such as the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, are a […]



      bigdataprimer Big Data for Public Good: A Primer (Mar 2014)
      By Nordicity

      ICE Research Series Report prepared by Nordicity



      Ontario-Made-mowat Ontario Made: Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century (Mar 2014)
      by Matthias Oschinski & Katherine Chan with Liza Kobrinsky from the Mowat Centre

      Each year, governments in Canada spend roughly $20 billion combined on a variety of economic development, R&D, and innovation programs. While federal and provincial governments share responsibility for economic development, there is almost no formal coordination on how these programs and incentives are delivered. This Mowat Note takes lessons from other areas of shared responsibility to suggest a path forward for better alignment of these programs.



      scorecard2014 Toronto as a Global City: Scorecard on Prosperity 2014 (Feb 2014)
      from The Toronto Region Board of Trade

      The Board’s annual Scorecard, produced with the generous support of Certified Professional Accountants of Ontario over the past six years, offers a comprehensive overview of how the Toronto region performs among 24 international areas on key measures of economic performance and liveability. Scorecard has become the backbone of our advocacy outreach, recognized for its superior economic data analysis of the performance of other city-regions.



      TFSA Ensuring the Future: Understanding the Importance of Toronto’s Financial Services Sector (Nov 2013)
      by The Conference Board of Canada

      The report, Ensuring the Future: Understanding the Importance of Toronto’s Financial Services Sector, was funded by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance. Seven industries are included in the financial services sector: banking, credit unions, insurance, asset management, securities, exchanges, and back-office operations.



      mowat-nov13 Let’s Talk – Coordinating Economic Development Spending in Canada (Nov 2013)
      by Sunil Johal, Matthew Mendelsohn & Noah Zon from the Mowat Centre

      Each year, governments in Canada spend roughly $20 billion combined on a variety of economic development, R&D, and innovation programs. While federal and provincial governments share responsibility for economic development, there is almost no formal coordination on how these programs and incentives are delivered. This Mowat Note takes lessons from other areas of shared responsibility to suggest a path forward for better alignment of these programs.



      shadow-economies Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies Of Toronto Immigrant Communities (Oct 2013)
      from the Wellesley Institute

      Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies Of Toronto Immigrant Communities documents the realities of many immigrants who are stymied at the edge of the economic mainstream. The research conducted by the Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership and funded by the Wellesley Institute shows that many newcomers survive by participating in parallel economic activities, often facing exploitation in substandard work conditions, even in established businesses.



      vital signs Vital Signs 2013 (Oct 2013)
      Toronto Community Foundation

      The Community Foundation partners with many researchers to produce the Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. The Report identifies progress we should be proud of and challenges that need to be addressed. It is a consolidated snapshot of the trends and issues affecting the quality of life in our city and each of the interconnected issue areas is critical to the well-being of Toronto and its residents.



      WP17_154 Untapped Potential: Creating a Better Future for Service Workers (Oct 2013)
      Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity

      In Untapped potential: Creating a better future for service workers, the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity partners with the Martin Prosperity Institute to examine job trends within Toronto’s largest employment sector: routine-service jobs. These occupations, including retail staff, food service workers, cleaners, taxi drivers, secretaries, and others, account for 45 percent of Toronto’s workforce and have the worst employment conditions of all occupations. What emerges is a clearer picture of who is being affected, and policy recommendations that can help.



      ird_cover_en The State of Industrial Research and Development in Canada (Aug 2013)
      Expert Panel on the State of Industrial Research and Development

      The report, The State of Industrial R&D in Canada, provides an in-depth analysis of research and development activities in Canadian industries and is one of the most detailed and systematic studies of the state of IR&D ever undertaken in Canada.

      While many reports have documented Canada’s historical weakness in industrial R&D, the Panel’s report sheds new light on the subject by examining areas of strength and how these strengths are distributed regionally. The report also examines the alignment of IR&D strengths with Canada’s areas of excellence in science and technology research and economic performance. Barriers and gaps that limit the translation of Canada’s S&T strengths into innovation and wealth creation are also identified.



      homepage_flags2 Fair Exchange: Public Funding for Social Impact Through the Non-Profit Sector (July 2013)
      by Marilyn Struthers, John C. Eaton Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services

      The paper is for public funders — municipal, provincial and federal — and those in the non-profit sector who share an interest in how money from public treasuries flows to approximately 165,000 non-profit organizations across the country. In addition to providing an in-depth overview of public funding practices, the paper is also an insightful examination of what it means to fund well.



      homepage_flags3 Two Cities, One Brand: A Branding Insight into Local Economic Development (Feb 2013)
      Cecilia Pasquinelli

      This research paper discusses the intertwining of an emerging relational configuration of space and the pursuit of post-industrial development, by analyzing the formation of an organizational identity. The case of NewcastleGateshead (UK) is interpreted as a brand emerging from urban collective strategy-making which has involved two partner cities, thus crossing administrative borders. By suggesting the importance of recognizing the emergence of “branded relational spaces”, research results stress the active role of a collective construction of meanings and their communication in the creation of relational spatial entities. This provides an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which branding, here interpreted as collective strategy-making, is a process going beyond mere communication and fostering an institutionalization of the branded space, thus influencing the way in which local development is spatially and strategically conceived.



      jpc_advantageontarioenglish Advantage Ontario: Jobs and Prosperity Council (Dec 2012)

      The report identifies five key areas for action: going global; driving productivity growth; unleashing innovation and entrepreneurship; capitalizing on strength in talent and delivering smart, efficient government. Taken together, strong action on these economic priorities will propel Ontario’s businesses to the forefront of the new global economy. The Council believes that the province can improve its performance in each area, but that it will require stronger leadership and cooperation among all economic players – public and private sector alike – and a sustained commitment by Ontario firms to take risks, invest and enter the global stage.



      Small business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (Feb 2012)

      Research by the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity



      Ranking Cities: Implications for Toronto (Sept 2011)

      Friday, September 9, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ontario Trade and Investment Centre, Main Theatre, 250 Yonge Street(35th floor)



      OECD Territorial Review of Toronto (Apr 2010)

      Prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development