Natural Capital Measurement at Statistics Canada: Current Status and Untapped Potential

This report provides an overview of Statistics Canada’s efforts to measure the state of Canada’s natural capital (ecosystems, land and sub-soil resources), the demands placed upon it by human activities and the efforts undertaken to manage these demands. The goals of this paper are to promote awareness of the valuable natural capital data Statistics Canada produces and to identify areas where further data collection and analysis could usefully be carried out, both by Statistics Canada and by outside researchers.

B.C. Climate Leadership Plan Phase 2 Consultation - Submission from Sustainable Prosperity

Sustainable Prosperity is pleased to provide the Province of British Columbia feedback on its second phase of consultation for the development of its 2016 Climate Leadership Plan. The comments presented in this submission are drawn from Sustainable Prosperity’s Policy Brief: ‘Provincial Climate Action Plans and Local Governments – Lessons from BC’, which was released on January 14, 2016.

Sustainable Prosperity's Submission to the Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario

Sustainable Prosperity commends the Government of Ontario for its ambitious Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy and we welcome the opportunity to provide input. SP is not an expert in all aspects of waste management and resource recovery, but we do have some expertise to share on potentially enhancing waste diversion and resource recovery outcomes through the use of economic instruments.

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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.