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Through the Roof: The High Cost of Barriers to Building New Housing in Canadian Municipalities
May 15, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis and Vincent Thivierge

Barriers to increasing housing supply, many stemming from excessive regulation, are driving up the price of homes in Canadian cities by six figures, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...

Regulatory Reform in Ontario: Machine Learning and Regulation
March 29, 2018

Regulators can better use big data and machine learning to save time and money for businesses, individuals and themselves, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Regulatory...

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...

Auditing the Auditors: Tax Auditors’ Assessments and Incentives
April 5, 2016 - Kenneth J. Klassen

There is room for improvement in the Canadian Revenue Agency’s (CRA) auditing process, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Auditing the Auditors: Tax Auditors’ Assessments...

The New Multilateralism: The Shift to Private Global Regulation
August 29, 2012 - Lawrence L. Herman

Global commerce is experiencing a rapid shift from government- to private-sector standard-setting for everything from product safety and quality to corporate behavior abroad, according to a report...

Dachis, Kim - How Contracting Waste Services Can Lower Costs and Improve Performance
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis and Jacob Kim To: Toronto City Council Date: April 9, 2018 Re: How Contracting Waste Services can Lower Costs and Improve Performance After an unsuccessful push in early 2017 to...
Paul Thomas - Modernizing the Governance Framework for Statistics Canada
Intelligence Memos
From:  Paul Thomas To:  Concerned Canadians Date:  October 13, 2017 Re: Modernizing the Governance Framework for Statistics Canada In many countries, national statistical agencies face political...
How to patch up the National Energy Board's reputation: Edmonton Journal Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Ottawa is now accepting public comment on the recently released report of its expert panel on the modernization of the National Energy Board (NEB). The panel made 46 recommendations to the minister...

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