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Another victim of COVID-19: The municipal status quo?

COVID-19 has accelerated the impact of disruptive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) on almost all sectors of society, including municipalities. What does this mean for the future of our communities? What should municipal leaders be doing to leverage this change as we recover from the pandemic? What questions remain unanswered?

Former Ontario Deputy Minister and municipal CAO, StrategyCorp Senior Advisor Michael Fenn tackles these questions in our latest White Paper, “Another victim of COVID-19: The municipal status quo?“.

Since AI, disruptive technologies and automation will both help and harm municipalities in the foreseeable future, Fenn proposes a series of key questions that municipal leaders should consider.

Download here: Another victim of COVID-19: The municipal status quo?

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A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada

Understanding the impacts of education institutions on First Nation communities requires consideration of both the history of education and its role in the erasure of socio-cultural and spiritual practices. Also important is recognizing the shortcomings of Canadian education institutions to meet reconciliation goals and address the gaps in educational achievement.

StrategyCorp Senior Advisor Gabriel Sekaly and Consultant Reema Bazzi unpack the history of First Nations education in Canada and initiate a critical path forward through three key recommendations in this white paper: “A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada.”

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Small Towns, Big Opportunities

Our latest white paper, published in partnership with the Ontario Real Estate Association, focuses on how the Province can unlock growth in rural and northern communities. We dissect the economic trends occurring in rural and Northern Ontario before the pandemic and analyze how the pandemic appears to be changing these dynamics throughout various types of communities.

The paper includes 15 recommendations that aim to create and attract jobs, reverse the out-migration of young talent, close the infrastructure gap, and foster more housing starts.

Download here: Small Towns, Big Opportunities – Unlocking Growth in Ontario’s Rural and Northern Communities

The Future of Energy Contracts in Ontario

To ensure long-term contracts and their benefits for all parties involved are utilized moving forward, The Future of Energy Contracts in Ontario provides six recommendations aimed at creating a competitive procurement process that works for all parties and addresses concerns about future affordability and reliability. This paper focuses on the impact of moving to a policy of procuring electricity supply through the utilization of long-term contracts. We evaluate the impact of long-term contracting on price outcomes to ultimately determine that these long-term contracts should be utilized moving forwards.

Public Health in the Public Eye: Motivating Sustained Investment

In the StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy’s white paper, Public Health in the Public Eye: Motivating Sustained Investment, StrategyCorp Senior Advisor and population health knowledge translation expert Michelle Gagnon examines public health in Canada amidst COVID-19. Her observations lead to important learnings for public health and three recommendations are offered to improve public health for its many and varied stakeholders, most importantly the public.

The Future of Ontario’s Workers

The StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy’s white paper, The Future of Ontario’s Workers, examines the impact of the future of work and COVID-19 on Ontario’s labour force and how Ontario’s 24 public colleges can be empowered to tackle those challenges.

StrategyCorp 2019 Ontario Municipal Chief Administrative Officer Survey

The StrategyCorp 2019 CAO Report is an in-depth look at comments from municipal leaders from across Ontario as compiled by StrategyCorp’s Municipal Practice Group.


StrategyCorp 2018 Canadian Municipal Chief Administrative Officer Survey

The StrategyCorp 2018 CAO Report is a snapshot of opinions from municipal leaders from across Canada as compiled by StrategyCorp’s Municipal Practice Group.

StrategyCorp 2017 Ontario Municipal Chief Administrative Officer Survey

The StrategyCorp 2017 CAO Report is a snapshot of opinions from municipal leaders from across Ontario as compiled by StrategyCorp’s Municipal Practice Group.

StrategyCorp 2016 Ontario Municipal Chief Administrative Officer Survey

StrategyCorp interviewed the Chief Administrative Officers of 25 upper and lower tier municipal governments in Ontario. The following report is a snapshot of their opinions, combined with commentary compiled by members of our Municipal Practice Group.

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Unlocking Economic Opportunity

A major developer retained StrategyCorp to review the Land Use Planning framework in Ontario in anticipation of the government’s review of the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment Acts.

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Strengthening Ontario’s Competitiveness

A major developer retained StrategyCorp to review the Land Use Planning framework in Ontario and to examine ways in which the framework could be used to help incent economic growth across Ontario.

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Ontario’s Economic Renaissance

StrategyCorp was retained by Union Gas Ltd to assist in preparing a white paper which examined the role that Natural Gas could play as a catalyst for economic development and job creation in Ontario.

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Recycling Ontario’s Assets

StrategyCorp and The Mowat Centre have collaborated to publish a framework for public asset management and reinvestment, answering the question: “In the face of growing public debt, fiscal constraints and a growing need to invest in public infrastructure, how can Canadian governments attract local and global pools of capital for investments into public assets, while preserving public value and interests?”

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Reputation Report

Reputation study reveals when things go wrong for business or government, Canadians form opinions quickly and hold them firmly

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