Commentary

The relationship between municipalities and their provincial and territorial counterparts in Canada has been evolving over the years. There is a growing understanding of the need to recognize municipalities as independent governments with the autonomy to deal with local issues. But we’ve also been hearing a lot about the challenges facing municipalities as they increase their scope of power, particularly in times of fiscal restraint. Read more...

All successful organizations must evolve to meet a changing environment. Canada's Public Service is no different. It is adapting to meet Canada's needs, while respecting our code of values and ethics to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the federal Public Service. Over the past several years, our focus has been on renewing and transforming the federal public service, delivering on a dynamic policy agenda, and re-engineering many of our internal and external services. We have made significant progress in positioning our institution for the future. Read more...

Featured Research Articles

Imagine a politician who gets up on stage and delivers a speech that says "We do not know how to address unemployment, global warming, a struggling health care system, or any of the other emergent complex issues you're hoping we can address. And we don't know how because these issues are incredibly complex and constantly changing." Read more...

Cities are important drivers of productivity, innovation, and economic growth. To achieve their full economic potential, they need to provide a wide range of services – "hard" services such as water, transit, and roads, but also "soft" services such as cultural facilities, parks, and libraries that will attract knowledge workers. Cities that fail to provide these services will lose their economic advantage. The challenge cities face is to raise enough revenue to deliver high quality public services that will attract residents and businesses in a way that does not undermine the city's competitive advantage. Read more...

Tight financial times often prompt municipalities to explore ways to reduce costs and realize efficiencies. Service reviews have become a popular means of such exploration. A service review is a systematic process in which a municipality examines the services it provides, with an aim to answer some difficult questions: do we need to provide this service? Read more...