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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Feb 13, 2020

Opinion: Smart policy could be the key to ensuring that Canada is poised to capture the highs and mitigate the lows of the innovation economy. This op-ed was originally published by The Hill Times
The future is here, but is Canada ready to take advantage of it?

Feb 13, 2020

An introduction to intangibles, their significance, and the issues they raise for policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders
The Intangible Shift: Changing gears to compete in the new economy

Jan 31, 2020

An interview with Cory Doctorow, author, journalist, and activist, about writing the near future, decentralized innovation, and intellectual property in the Internet era.
The Machine Without the Factory: An Interview with Cory Doctorow

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
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