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An Innovative + Inclusive Economy

This work stream examines the distribution of risks and benefits in Canada's innovation economy and explores how to improve equity and broaden participation.
Innovation and Growth
Aliya Ghare / Brookfield Institute

Active Projects

Building inclusion into Canada’s innovation economy
Innovation and tech can boost the economy and improve quality of life in Canada. Yet, the benefits are not accruing equally. This series invites experts to explore an inclusive, innovative economy.
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
This project is designed to improve support for women entrepreneurs in Ontario, while exploring novel methods for co-creating and funding interventions in complex policy domains

About the Innovative + Inclusive Economy Work Stream

Innovation and advances in technology have tremendous potential to boost economic growth and improve quality of life across Canada. However, the benefits are not accruing equally. Larger technology companies are dominating markets. Jobs are consolidating in major urban centres. Wealth and opportunity are accruing unequally, with a growing number of workers finding themselves in precarious or relatively low-paying jobs. Discrimination and barriers to entry are contributing to a lack of diversity in entrepreneurship, tech jobs, and other high-growth areas of the economy. While digital skills have become increasingly necessary, access to technology, education and training is uneven.

As Canada’s economic model shifts, we have an opportunity to build economic success that ensures greater prosperity for everyone in Canada, and does not perpetuate historical exclusions or inequities. Our work explores the distribution of risks and benefits that come from an innovation-driven economy and informs policies and programs that promote shared prosperity.

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Dec 7, 2018

Innovation and tech can boost the economy and improve quality of life in Canada. Yet, the benefits are not accruing equally. This series invites experts to explore an inclusive, innovative economy.
Building inclusion into Canada’s innovation economy

Nov 16, 2018

This project is designed to improve support for women entrepreneurs in Ontario, while exploring novel methods for co-creating and funding interventions in complex policy domains
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Jul 18, 2018

Opinion: "Some of the most innovative places in the world are also some of the most unequal." This op-ed was originally published by Apolitical.
How tech can disrupt old industries without leaving workers behind

Jul 5, 2018

A closer look at new ways policymakers, employers and stakeholders are pursuing innovation-driven economic goals, while ensuring workers are not left behind in the process
Pathways to Inclusive Innovation: Insights for Ontario and beyond
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