Economy and Jobs

Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

June is often a tempestuous time in official Ottawa, as governments try to accomplish as much legislative progress as possible before a summer break that usually lasts until late September. June also means a last-minute push by Cabinet and Treasury Board to get important decisions made before… Continue Reading Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

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Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

As Canada continues to try and chart a way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Liberal government has also tried to chart a way forward through the current third wave and post-pandemic recovery through its 2021 Budget. The Budget is the first for Finance Minister and Deputy… Continue Reading Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

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Quebec’s Economic Recovery Budget

Quebec’s Economic Recovery Budget

Analysis provided by Mercure Conseil The Budget unveiled by Quebec’s Minister of Finance, titled A Resilient and Confident Quebec, marks the halfway point of the Coalition avenir Québec’s (CAQ) majority government. The first two years of a majority mandate are typically used to implement a government’s flagship… Continue Reading Quebec’s Economic Recovery Budget

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2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

As expected, Ontario’s 2021 Budget attempts to straddle the line between pandemic management and pandemic recovery. Investments in contact tracing, vaccination rollouts, and hospital capacity help to ensure the health care system can continue to handle the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. This spending lays the groundwork… Continue Reading 2021 Ontario Budget: Pandemic Management & Economic Recovery

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Alberta Budget 2021 – Starting to Look Past COVID?

Alberta Budget 2021 – Starting to Look Past COVID?

As the spring season approaches, so too does budget season, with new budgets at the provincial and federal levels about to sprout forth even as snow still covers the ground. This year, Alberta is the first provincial jurisdiction to table a budget, one that is heavily influenced… Continue Reading Alberta Budget 2021 – Starting to Look Past COVID?

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Attracting 21st Century Investment: A Blueprint for the Creation of Invest Ontario and Invest Alberta

Attracting investment will be critical to Canada’s economic recovery in a post-pandemic world. The StrategyCorp Institute’s white paper, Attracting 21st Century Investment: A Blueprint for the Creation of Invest Ontario and Invest Alberta focuses on the commitments of the Ontario and Alberta governments to establish new investment… Continue Reading Attracting 21st Century Investment: A Blueprint for the Creation of Invest Ontario and Invest Alberta

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Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s first Fall Economic Statement (FES) represented the federal government’s second move to shift from short-term COVID relief to a longer-term plan for Canada’s post-pandemic recovery. The first move was September’s Speech from the Throne and the next in this… Continue Reading Relief to Recovery – Freeland releases first Fall Economic Statement

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What ever happened to the New Deal for cities? A view from the Throne

What ever happened to the New Deal for cities?  A view from the Throne

By Michael Fenn and John Matheson, StrategyCorp Municipal Practice In municipal circles, among the urban media, and within the academic community there is a widespread and growing consensus that there should be more recognition by the Canadian and provincial governments of the crucial role of cities, especially… Continue Reading What ever happened to the New Deal for cities? A view from the Throne

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