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Climate change, deforestation, water contamination, cancer-causing toxins, ecosystem decline: Canadians are rightly concerned about the daunting environmental challenges that threaten our long-term health and prosperity. And yet, successive Canadian governments have spurned pressing ecological concerns and focused instead on narrow short-term growth policies.  

Instead of making policies as though economic imperatives and environmental sustainability are at odds, Canada must focus on the development of innovative greener industries that generate good jobs and globally competitive companies that can fuel Canada’s long-term economic well-being.


CLC climate change report maps out green industrial transformation

In this submission to the federal government's consultations on climate change, the Canadian Labour Congress makes 10 recommendations that will lower Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a green industrial transformation. If the federal government is serious about its Paris commitments, it must also be serious about a just transition, skills... Read more


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A Green Entrepreneurial State as Solution to Climate Federalism

This paper, authored by Broadbent Institute fellow Brendan Haley, argues that Canada should look beyond “market-based” climate strategies to resolve climate federalist challenges. A policy mix more targeted towards specific technology systems can tailor approaches to Canada’s different regional circumstances and is thus best suited to grapple with Canada’s regional... Read more


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Step Change - Federal Policy Toward a Low-Carbon Canada

This Mowat Centre-Broadbent Institute joint report outlines seven policy ideas in addition to carbon-pricing to help the federal government steer Canada toward a low-carbon economy.   Download Step Change - Federal Policy Toward a Low-Carbon Canada Report Read more


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Climate, Health and Alberta's Coal-Fired Power Plants

In this submission to the Alberta Climate Change Advisory Panel, health and environmental policy expert John Wellner examines the cumulative health impacts of air pollution and the province's coal-fired electricity sector’s contribution to this air pollution. The health-care costs of treating pollution-related illnesses, along with lost productivity due to illness-related... Read more


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The Economic Benefits of Public Infrastructure Spending in Canada

The country's infrastructure deficit is real -- and the significant economic benefits of a national public infrastructure spending program in Canada are also real. Read the independent report, prepared by the Centre for Spacial Economics for the Broadbent Institute, which modelled the economic benefits of a spending program. Find out... Read more


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Courageous Bets and Equitable Returns

Inspired by the work of Marianna Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths and R.M Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex, the background paper challenging Canadian perceptions of public investment in innovation was prepared by the Broadbent Institute’s Director of Research... Read more


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