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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Apr 30, 2020

If we want an inclusive and fair future (of work), it must also be an Indigenous one. A future that makes space for Indigenous knowledge and worldview, languages, and connection to lands and waters.
An Indigenous future and present of work

Apr 15, 2020

As part of our ongoing Intangible Shift research series, we examine the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on, and recovery prospects for, Canada’s intangible economy
We Shall Have Spring Again: Preparing for the return of intangibles

Apr 3, 2020

A data visualization that explores how COVID-19 affects different workers, from exposure to disease, ability to work from home, and potential of economic and income precarity
Anything But Static: Risks of COVID-19 to workers in Canada

Mar 31, 2020

In partnership, the Brookfield Institute and the Innovation Policy Lab introduce a new way to measure innovation and inclusion (or inclusive innovation) in Canada—and why we need it
An Inclusive Innovation Monitor for Canada: A discussion paper
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