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 20, 2021

This report analyzes Toronto's home internet and device access, quality, affordability, and usage, during pandemic closures of businesses, schools, and community organizations.
Mapping Toronto’s Digital Divide

Jan 18, 2021

A framework and toolkit for inclusive industrial policy to support economic growth, innovation and successful firms in a way that delivers widely-shared economic, social and environmental value.
An Inclusive Industrial Policy for Canada

Jul 24, 2020

In partnership, the Brookfield Institute and the Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab present the first integrated framework to explore the relationship between innovation and inclusion in Canada
An Inclusive Innovative Monitor for Canada

Jul 17, 2020

An interview with Annalee Newitz exploring labour rights and working conditions, anthropomorphisation of AI, and a cultural obsession with productivity.
Abstract illustration of robot and human with the inner workings of their heads exposed.
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