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— Dec 2, 2021
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The Outlook for Inflation and Its Links to Monetary Policy

The Outlook for Inflation and Its Links to Monetary Policy finds that, absent a change in policy at the Bank of Canada, higher inflation rates may persist even after the pandemic subsides due to several factors including the country's aging population.

— Sep 29, 2021
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Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation

Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation is a new study that examines how economic growth and business investment have been faltering in Canada. The study finds that Canada’s economic growth (measured by GDP, adjusted for inflation) over the past decade was the slowest since the 1930s, stalling productivity and hampering the country’s ability to encourage innovation or new business start-ups.

— Sep 16, 2021
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Housing Codes, Homelessness, and Affordable Housing

Housing Codes, Homelessness, and Affordable Housing finds that governments in Canada often remove housing units from the market because they don’t fully comply with certain building code standards, thus reducing the supply of housing for low-income people and forcing them into potentially worse alternatives.

— Jul 13, 2021
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Generation and Management of Municipal Solid Waste: How’s Canada Doing?

Generation and Management of Municipal Solid Waste: How’s Canada Doing? is a new study that finds Canadians, on a per-person basis, generated 959 kilograms of municipal solid waste in 2018 compared to 980 kilograms in 2002. Crucially, waste from residential or household sources is on the rise, comprising more than 40 per cent of total waste generation, while waste generated from non-residential sources—industrial, commercial, etc.—has declined in Canada.

— May 18, 2021
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A Primer on Modern Monetary Theory

A Primer on Modern Monetary Theory is a new study that finds that if the Bank of Canada continues to finance government debt by printing money without a clear commitment to repayment—also known as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)—it would pose enormous risks to the Canadian economy. Where MMT has been tried in the past, it has resulted in inflation, sometimes even hyper-inflation, with devastating consequences for domestic economies.

— Oct 29, 2020
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Reforming BC Auto Insurance to Benefit Consumers

Reforming BC Auto Insurance to Benefit Consumers finds that the Government of British Columbia’s ICBC reforms haven’t gone far enough and maintain ICBC’s monopoly on basic automobile insurance—which keeps rates higher than they would be in a more open insurance market.

— Oct 8, 2020
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Job Creation and Housing Starts in Canada’s Largest Metropolitan Areas

Job Creation and Housing Starts in Canada’s Largest Metropolitan Areas is a new study that finds the Vancouver and Toronto areas—while accounting for less than 25 per cent of Canada’s population, accounted for 120,000 new jobs from 2015 to 2019. But over the same period, the number of new housing starts in the two regions remained largely stagnant at approximately 57,000 a year—a rate that has largely been unchanged since 2002.

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