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An Innovative + Inclusive Economy

This work stream examines the magnitude, demographics, and impact of inequitable distribution of benefits in an innovation-driven economy and how to broaden access.
Innovation and Growth
Aliya Ghare / Brookfield Institute

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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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Jul 5, 2018

A closer look at new ways policymakers, employers and stakeholders are pursuing innovation-driven economic goals, while ensuring workers are not left behind in the process
Pathways to Inclusive Innovation: Insights for Ontario and beyond

Jun 19, 2018

A map of the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada, including the existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills
Levelling Up: The quest for digital literacy

May 8, 2018

AI has the potential to fundamentally change urban life, for better or for worse
Public Policy for our Automated Urban Future

May 3, 2018

A number of high-level recommendations designed to help policymakers, business leaders, educators, unions, and workers address the implications of automation for Ontario’s labour
Better, Faster, Stronger: Maximizing the benefits of automation for Ontario’s firms and people
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