REPORT | ESG: Why should governments care and what can governments do?
A new report by the Canada West Foundation makes the case for governments at the municipal, provincial and federal level to support strong, consistent ESG reporting and provide clarity for investors. It offers 18 potential areas of action for governments and evaluates their usefulness.
WHAT NOW? | The New Alberta Talent Advantage
For decades, the Alberta Advantage has been based on low tax rates and higher than average incomes fueled, in large part, by the lucrative oil and gas sector. This advantage helped to draw large numbers of youth to work in the province and kept Alberta youth here. While youth are still making career decisions based on economics, today social and environmental factors are also key considerations.
REPORT | From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy
As the federal government turns to economic growth through the spring 2022 budget and the National Infrastructure Assessment, the report provides seven building blocks that are critical to the development of a nation-building infrastructure plan which is a key enabler for economic growth.
WHAT NOW? | Bridging Alberta’s Reputation-Reality Divide
This brief looks at the role stories play in shaping a society and offers recommendations on how Albertans can begin to reshape the narratives that define us. It also provides examples of how other cities and regions have changed their brands by identifying pre-existing strengths and building stories around them.
WHAT NOW? | The Ongoing Saga of Bill C-69
On May 10, 2022, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued their long-awaited ruling on the constitutionality of the federal government’s Impact Assessment Act (formerly known as Bill C-69). The Alberta court found that the federal government had overstepped its bounds and that the Act was, in their opinion, not constitutional. In this brief, we break down what the ruling said, what the court’s justification was, what the implications are for resource development in Canada, and what steps come next.
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OP-ED | Saving money and saving the world with bottom-up collaboration
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The Future of Work and Learning Brief | Issue 26
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Young Talent Attraction and Retention
The Canada West Foundation has launched a project that examines the social and environmental challenges of young talent retention and attraction for Alberta, with the intention to provide recommendations on how to ensure the province recruits and keeps talented young Albertans.
Collaborative Models and Capacity in Civil Society
The Canada West Foundation has launched a project to examine the civil society sector. We aim to determine gaps and overlaps in the sector and develop models and tools to strengthen the infrastructure that supports civil society, enhance collaboration and enable more efficient and effective service delivery to Albertans in need.
Transparency: Our pledge to our supporters
As a non-profit think tank, Canada West Foundation relies on donations. We are at our best when funded by a variety of groups: governments, corporations, individuals, and foundations all play a role. We not only acknowledge our supporters as a matter of course, we are proud to do so. Through their commitment, our supporters become part of an engaged public policy community. They tell us that they contribute because they value the work of the Foundation and want that work to continue. We think it’s pretty great that engaged citizens and organizations are willing to open their wallets in pursuit of good public policy.