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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Dec 16, 2019

We spoke with author Silvia Moreno-Garcia about the future of gig work, immigrating to Mars, and the societal implications of near future technology
Life in the Liminal Future: An Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Dec 4, 2019

Canada’s future competitiveness, and the well-being of individuals and communities, depends on how well businesses and policymakers understand and manage the shift to an intangible economy
Managing the Intangible Shift: Positioning Canada to compete in an intangible economy

Nov 14, 2019

An interview with author and podcast host, Charlie Jane Anders, exploring the potential futures of personal technology, climate change and human interaction.
To the Non-Linear Future and Beyond: An Interview with Charlie Jane Anders

Sep 23, 2019

Science fiction can offer us entire galaxies of possibility models for the future. In this series, we interview leading science fiction writers about the future of work and the economy.
The Policymaker’s Guide to the Galaxy: What science fiction can teach us about the future of work
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