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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

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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Jan 31, 2019

Learn why Stephen Huddart thinks the future of innovation is inclusive, in this foreword to our new article series generously supported by the McConnell Foundation and Power Corporation of Canada
Canada’s edge is in inclusive innovation

Jan 29, 2019

Find out why we’ve assembled a group of leading thinkers to write about building inclusion and equity into the innovation economy
Letter from the editor

January 21, 2019 from 8:30am - 10:00 am

We enjoyed a morning with researcher and author Denise Hearn, co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Capitalism
BII+E Talks: Myth of Capitalism

Dec 7, 2018

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