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Canada can’t afford to be complacent about skills training

“We need to think about who accesses skills training and why, and – even more importantly – who is left behind.”

The mood was bleak in 2023, but fret not - we’ve been here before

Canadians will find some way to get through this with their penchants for tolerance, equality and inclusion intact
December 27, 2023

Canadians sharply more dissatisfied with direction of country at end of 2023

The downward trend in all regions and age groups is not encouraging, but it could be a lot worse. Look at the U.S.
November 16, 2023

Canada’s immigration story – At a speedbump or at crossroads?

How Canadians' views on immigration are changing

The conversation around immigration in Canada is shifting

Canadians' focus is now shifting beyond concerns about what type of immigrant is accepted, to how many are arriving in their communities.

The shift to working from home will be difficult to reverse

Three years after the switch to remote work, there is little sign people are growing tired of it.
July 4, 2023

Canada is sorry – a lot. We shouldn’t apologize for that

Time will tell whether a national willingness to apologize for the past is merely a cultural quirk, or a resource we can draw on to create a better future.

'Notwithstanding' support for the Charter of Rights, there's work to do

A significant number of Canadians are unsure as to whether governments or the courts should have the final say in Charter cases

Is one region favoured by Ottawa?

For many Canadians, the answer depends more on how old you are than where in the country you live
April 2, 2023

How to build a safer Toronto

Building a safer city must mean doing more than an increased police presence. It should mean doing more to tackle social isolation and exclusion.

One issue on which Canadians aren't polarized — the U.S.

Before we conclude that our politics is more polarized than ever, let’s remember it is possible to overcome even long-standing divisions and find common ground
January 30, 2023

Canada must continue to modelling its refugee efforts on its response to the Syrian crisis

Environics Institute research shows the first wave of Syrian refugees is doing remarkably well

Canada needs a bolder approach to skills training

Employers should take steps to propel us forward from a situation where most of their employees are missing out, to one where most are opting in
January 18, 2023

The good and bad news from a public opinion researcher

Solid support for refugees has developed over the years. On fossil fuels, Alberta’s divisions can’t be ignored. And young Canadians are in bad shape.
January 17, 2023

The CPC needs to get back to bilingualism

To make real gains in French-speaking areas of the country, it is the party’s personality that will count

The differences between Canada and the U.S. remain significant

A new survey from the Environics Institute confirms Canadian Conservatives have bigger differences with U.S. Republicans than Canadian Liberals

Surveys show Canadian are less polarized and angry than Americans

The gap today between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. is about twice as wide as that in Canada between Conservatives and Liberals
December 2, 2022

Social isolation is a growing concern in Toronto

As many as 300,000 Torontonians rarely or never feel they have someone to depend on when they really need it.