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This research area covers the evaluation of the costs and benefits of capital projects of Canadian governments, such as roads, ports or public utilities, of financing modes for such projects, such as public-private partnerships, and the contribution of public infrastructure to economic growth.

Surge Capacity: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Meet Broader Municipal Infrastructure Needs
April 19, 2017 - Steven Robins
Cities across Canada should sell their electricity distribution companies and invest the proceeds in critical municipal infrastructure, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Surge...
New and Improved: How to Bring Institutional Investment into Public Infrastructure
March 28, 2017 - Benjamin Dachis
Ottawa should encourage widespread investment in existing and new infrastructure by institutional investors, such as pension plans and insurers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...
A Better Flight Path: How Ottawa can Cash In on Airports and Benefit Travellers
February 7, 2017 - Steven Robins
The C.D. Howe Institute is embarking on a series of publications on Canada’s infrastructure policies, including electricity, airports, water, and an infrastructure bank. Below is a timely first look...
Tapping the Land: Tax Increment Financing of Infrastructure
March 29, 2016 - Adam Found
Cities across Canada should consider new and innovative approaches to financing their share of infrastructure spending, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Tapping the Land: Tax...
Getting More Buildings for our Bucks: Canadian Infrastructure Policy in 2016
January 13, 2016 - Benjamin Dachis
Canadian governments need to spend wisely in order to maximize their infrastructure dollars, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Getting More Buildings for our Bucks: Canadian...
Tackling Traffic: The Economic Cost of Congestion in Metro Vancouver
March 9, 2015 - Benjamin Dachis
The hidden costs of congestion are between $500 million and $1.2 billion a year for the Metro Vancouver area, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Tackling Traffic: The...
How Private Investment in Infrastructure Can Benefit Taxpayers: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Canada is about to embark on one of the largest infrastructure investment programs in recent history, and Ottawa is poised to set up the Canada Infrastructure Bank to attract institutional investment...
Why the B.C. Liberals and NDP are Both Wrong About Bridge Tolls: Maclean's
Op-Ed
Read the latest opinion piece from Blake Shaffer in Maclean's.
Benjamin Dachis - The Role for the Infrastructure Bank
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: Jim Leech, Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank Date: March 31, 2017 Re: The Role for the Infrastructure Bank With the government’s budget planning to expedite...
Évaluation de projets publics: risques, coût de financement et coût du capital
Research
Le coût des investissements du secteur public dans les projets d'infrastructures sont sous-estimés et doivent comprendre les risques encourus par les contribuables, selon un rapport publié aujourd'...
20 Apr 2017
Apr
20
  • Inside Access: Selling City-owned Electricity Distributors to Finance Infrastructure
Conference Call with Steven Robins, Joint MBA and Master Public Policy Candidate, Harvard University
Conference Call
Thursday, April 20, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
28 Mar 2017
Mar
28
  • Inside Access: How Institutional Investment in Public Infrastructure can Benefit Taxpayers and Consumers
Conference Call with Ben Dachis, Associate Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, March 28, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
23 Mar 2017
Mar
23
  • Inside Access: Increasing Canada's Competitive Edge through Capital Investments
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute; and Ben Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, March 23, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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