Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever

But we don’t have ways to evaluate whether increasing the specialist workforce is always the best investment of our health-care dollars

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than everRecent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending. As important and trusted gatekeepers to the health-care system, physicians are nevertheless a crucial component of health costs, as the total number of physicians, the volume of health services they provide and the cost per…

The specter of secular stagnation

But our preoccupation with secular stagnation may be overly pessimistic

The specter of secular stagnationThe chronic low growth and slow recoveries of world economies since 2009 has re-ignited speculation that we are in the midst of a period of exceptionally low economic growth or what has been termed ‘secular stagnation,’ particularly in Europe and America where average annual growth rates in real GDP have been on the decline since…

Securing Ontario’s advanced manufacturing future

How should Ontario proceed in the brave new world of advanced manufacturing?

Securing Ontario’s advanced manufacturing futureManufacturing employment in Ontario has declined over the last 10 years. From just over one million manufacturing jobs in 2000, manufacturing employment dropped by 28 per cent – to reach 777,000 jobs in 2013. With the decline in manufacturing employment, the question becomes whether or not a manufacturing renaissance is on the horizon? Leading expectations…