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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.

Deep Dive

23 Results


Mar 21, 2019

From paying taxes to accessing benefits, learn about the issues facing independent workers in a world set up for full-time work, as part of our series on building inclusion into the innovation economy
Want to plan for the “future of work”? Help independent workers now

Mar 14, 2019

Crowd workers earn far below minimum wage in many countries. Learn how crowd work is changing employment as we know it via Kristy Milland, as part of our ongoing series on inclusion and equity.
From Bottom to Top: How Amazon Mechanical Turk disrupts employment as a whole

Mar 6, 2019

Why should social and digital justice factor into the design of adult literacy education? Learn more via Suzanne Smythe and Dionne Pelan, as part of our series on inclusion and equity.
Digital literacy and digital justice

Feb 28, 2019

From the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., 28th Governor General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation: Diversity, collaboration, trust and a more inclusive innovation economy
Signs of doubt, signs of hope
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