Accelerating Clean Innovation in Canada’s Energy and Natural Resource Sectors – The Role of Public Policy and Institutions

This report undertakes a review of existing knowledge within Canada and internationally to answer three questions. First, how do we understand innovation and what are the analytical frameworks that guide innovation policy? Second, what is unique about the Canadian context and what are the country’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities? This includes considering the role of Canada’s natural resource sectors in clean innovation. Third, what policy actions can accelerate clean innovation and what types of policy structures should be created?

Sustainable Prosperity Commentary on the Draft 2016-19 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Sustainable Prosperity's comments on the draft FSDS are provided from the perspective of a wide array of academics, policy experts, business, labour, and environmental leaders. These individuals and organizations have come together through Sustainable Prosperity (including under the Smart Prosperity green growth banner) to identify the linkages between Canada’s environmental and economic opportunities, and explore the policies that could make our markets, institutions, and communities work for a clean and prosperous future.

Incenting the Nature of Cities: Using Financial Approaches to Support Green Infrastructure in Ontario

This report provides the rationale for local governments to consider green infrastructure strategies and introduces six market-based tools that are used across Canada and the United States to support such strategies. These tools include stormwater user fees and fee discounts; stormwater credit trading; grants, rebates and installation financing; development charges; development incentives; and habitat compensation banks. The report also describes a pioneering strategy to integrate the value to municipalities of existing green infrastructure, into formal local government asset management systems.

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About the Project

The goal of this project is to shed light on the relationship between economic activity and the environment by exploring the linkages between changes in our natural capital and our measures of productivity generally, and through the construction of an environmentally adjusted measure of productivity specifically.

While it is now commonly accepted that economic activity and the state of our environment are linked, many economic measures still fail to incorporate the environment – both the things we draw from it and the pollution we release into it. By developing and calculating measures of productivity that include natural capital, Canada may be able to better understand these linkages. This, in turn, may lead to the identification of strategies that can help Canada become more efficient and innovative in the use and protection of natural capital, and thus more productive and more prosperous.

Using the forestry sector as a case study, this project aims to construct an environmentally adjusted measure of multifactor productivity. In doing so, we aim to add another layer of understanding to the environmental and economic performance of this sector. The proposed measure will have relevance to the Canadian economy as a whole.