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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 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.
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

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.
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.
February 14, 2022

Young adults have been hit hard by the pandemic. The recovery must not leave them behind

Our latest survey confirms that the pandemic’s impact has been felt more acutely and more persistently among young adults
January 2, 2022

We’re witnessing the continuing cultural divergence of Canada and the United States

The centre of gravity in each of our cultures is in a radically different place, and each is moving along a different trajectory
October 25, 2021

A fresh look at the reasons why women and men are self-employed

Understanding what motivates women’s entrepreneurship should prompt investors to rethink the criteria they use to assess and fund new ventures
June 6, 2021

What if we keep working from home?

Younger workers, immigrants, racialized people, Indigenous workers and workers with a physical or mental condition that limits their daily activity are all more likely to experience challenges working from home.
November 3, 2020

Are the robots coming for our jobs?

No government should try to hold up the pace of technological change. Rather, they should focus on trying to plug gaps in training so no one falls behind.
January 8, 2020

In Canada, education excellence is also about equity

In a world where learning underpins both individual and collective success, Canada's strong showing in recent OECD testing is reassuring. It should also serve as a reminder of some of the things that make this country tick.
December 3, 2019

Achievement and equity in education in Canada: an update

How are Canada's education systems performing relative to those of other countries?