Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review Submission

Sustainable Prosperity (SP) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the 2015 coordinated review of four provincial plans working to manage growth, protect the environment and stimulate the economy of Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region. Land use planning is a complex and multi-dimension field. SP’s research is focused on the role of public policy to set price signals that support sustainable land use choices.

Environmental Taxes in Canada

This Issue Summary is based on recent work conducted by Sustainable Prosperity that categorizes environmental taxes in Canada based on their goals and objectives. The research shows that while environmental taxes are used across Canada, the vast majority of environmental taxes are not designed with a specific environmental objective.

Ontario Carbon Pricing Briefing Notes

With renewed interest in climate policy – driven by the Paris climate meetings in December and increased focus from provincial governments on climate action - Sustainable Prosperity has prepared two briefing notes summarizing the state of knowledge and practice on carbon pricing.

Canadian Leaders Pen Low Carbon Economy Letter to Premiers

A diverse group of prominent leaders from business, civil society and First Nations – including Galen Weston (Loblaws), Ross Beaty (Pan American Silver), David Miller (WWF Canada), Monique Leroux (Desjardins), Ken Neumann (United Steelworkers) and Phil Fontaine (former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations) – has written to Premiers in advance of their Climate Summit in Quebec City to applaud their initiative and offer their support in advancing the pragmatic policies needed to help Canada capture critical low carbon economy opportunities.

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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.