Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis

Recent Publications and Bulletins

Economic Contributions of Distilled Spirits Manufacturing in Ontario

Ontario’s distillery industry is composed of vertically integrated “grain-to-bottle” manufacturers who source locally grown cereal grains which are then mashed, fermented, distilled and matured on site. The resulting products, distilled spirits, count among the highest value-added goods within the agricultural and processed agri-food sectors. Distilled spirits manufacturers generate economic activity and employment, particularly in rural, agricultural regions.

2019 Infrastructure Update Bulletin

After Ontario’s latest budget announcement, it is an important time to assess whether the proposed level of infrastructure investment sets Ontario on track for long-term economic growth. Historically, investments into Ontario’s public infrastructure have been significantly lower than the growth-maximizing target levels suggested by CANCEA’s 2010 econometric analysis.

Economic Impacts of Highway 407 ETR

Highway 407 ETR is a route that provides drivers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with a congestion-free alternative for East-West travel for a toll. Operated by 407 ETR since 1999, it provides transportation across the leading region for job creation in Ontario, contributing to better connectivity and improved flow of people and goods.

Toronto Housing Market Analysis

This report tracks 24 key housing indicators that provide insight into Toronto’s housing market and the considerable housing challenges that residents face under current and projected conditions. Toronto is projected to experience accelerated population growth over the next 20 years, and vulnerable groups as well as low- and moderate-income households will experience increased difficulty accessing suitable and affordable housing.

The GTHA's Unbalanced Housing Stock - Benchmarking Ontario's New LPAT System

Currently, the mix of housing supply in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is insufficient to meet the future requirements envisioned in the Places to Grow (P2G) Act. More control has been given to municipal governments through the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) to plan Ontario’s communities.

Infrastructure Update 2018

In 2011, the Residence and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) released “Public Infrastructure Investment in Ontario: The Importance of Staying the Course". From a macroeconomic perspective, the report concluded that over the course of 50 years, maximum GDP growth could be achieved if an average of 5.1% of GDP were invested in required infrastructure and 22% of the total infrastructure investment were to be spent on maintenance.

Economic Development and Situational Analysis

A situational analysis examines the characteristics of a region relative to its surrounding region and other comparable regions in a variety of metrics across demographics and industry and is often used as the basis for long term economic development plans and investor site selection purposes.
Situational analysis’ can contain:

Access to Menstrual Hygiene Products for the Vulnerable

Women who are homeless or live on limited income face many difficulties such as finding shelter, a safe place to sleep for the night, and food. However, once a month, they face an additional stressor that is even more difficult to manage living on the margins: dealing with their menstrual cycle. For women in such circumstances the limited resources means making trade-offs and sacrifices when it comes to staying healthy and clean during their cycle.

Pickering Nuclear Generating Station: Contribution of Continued Operation to the Ontario Economy

This analysis is based on detailed operational and capital expenses provided by Ontario Power Generation (OPG). These included number of employees and employee salaries, primary contractors (with locations of businesses), goods and services required for the operation of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and ongoing capital expenditures.

The Economic Value of Surety Bonding in Canada

The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of construction surety bonds on the overall economy across Canada. CANCEA reviewed more than 150,000 bonded projects completed over the last 20 years by more than 10,000 construction firms in order to examine the economic ripple effect of more than 3,000 contractor defaults and analyze the impact that surety protection. The findings confirm the value proposition of public sector bonding to taxpayers by way of strengthening the broader economy and bringing stability and certainty to the public construction process.