2021-22 Policy Reports
Health systems across Canada have experienced a major backlog of procedures delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, worsening gaps already present in the healthcare system and highlighting the fact that universal pharmacare is not provided under the nation's universal healthcare model. When considering contextual factors, how can Canada implement a universal pharmacare system?
Analyst: Joy Hannam and Sofia Padernal
Team Lead: Molly Simpson
Analysts: Claire Kendal, Sarah Hackett, and Jude Asare
Team Lead: Maria Benak
In Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted men and women differently in a variety of ways. Female-dominated industries were among the hardest hit in Canada, resulting in a greater job loss for women than men. Additionally, since women often bear the bulk of childcare responsibilities and lockdowns resulting in school closures, women experienced significant challenges when re-entering the workforce.
Analysts: Nicole Jarrett and Marly Augustine
Team Lead: Mehreen Yousaf
Indigenous People are significantly overrepresented in Canada’s homeless population, which has its roots in colonialism, cultural genocide, and violence. What contributes to Indigenous communities being impacted by higher rates of homelessness and what solutions are there to support communities?
Analysts: Aisha O'Gilvie and Anna Lazaris
Team Lead: Sabina Ficociello
Creating a Canadian Cryptocurrency
Unlike conventional currency, cryptocurrencies are not controlled or regulated, which allows for their price to be determined by market supply and demand. If cryptocurrency is here to stay, do the benefits of such a system outweigh the risks? Can decentralization and development co-exist with regulation and consumer protection?
Analysts: Amanda Ashford
Team Lead: Jaden Au
Analyst: Delaney Murphy, Pratik Bhalerao, and Anna Hardie
Team Lead: Madison Ropac
To be successful, just transition strategies aimed at greening the economy must acknowledge the unique economic, social and environmental circumstances of individual countries. This report focuses on three aspects of Canada’s social, economic and environmental landscape that exemplify opportunities to make just transition a reality.
Analyst: Anastasia Triadafilopoulos, Pierre Sarlieve, and Kieran Kreidié-Akazaki
Team Lead: Matt Frola
Multiple law enforcement agencies across Canada have begun to develop, procure, or use a variety of predictive policing and algorithmic surveillance technologies. How does Canada compare to other jurisdictions where these tools are being used? What are the human rights and legal implications of such policing and surveillance?
Analyst: Vedant Puthran, Diana Anton, and Michelle Gandhi
Team Lead: Jessica Macdonald
Resettling Afghan Refugees
Given the Government of Canada’s commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, how can Canada implement a more holistic approach that better addresses the needs of Afghan refugees?
Analyst: Jacob O'Connor, Katie Bolissian, and Layal Hallal
Team Lead: Benjamin Burgar
Supporting Special Sector Recovery
How can the Government of Ontario increase Indigenous participation in skilled trades to address the sector's ongoing labour shortage?
Analyst: Noah Gurr and Zacharias Grigoriadis
Team Lead: An Nguyen Beekhof
Using AI in Immigration Decision-Making
Artificial intelligence and algorithmic processing have been widely explored in their application in various sectors. Automation and algorithmic processes have been noted as having potential to foster innovation and economic development across fields. While these technologies bring great potential coupled with the risks -- including threats to human rights and privacy -- what can Canada learn from other jurisdictions on the responsible use of AI in immigration decision-making?