Most people will experience disability at some point in their life. This includes the 22% of Canadians who reported living with a disability in the latest Canadian Survey on Disability in 2017 (more recent analysis suggests the number is over 30%),
In April 2020, just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly 40% of Canadian employees were working primarily from home as compared to 4% in 2016.
Canada has a housing supply issue. Among the G7, Canada has the lowest number of housing units per capita, which contributes to elevated housing costs across the country. This shortage is most acutely felt by lower-income households and those in “core housing need”, who are underserved by current supply efforts
A key component of Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy will be the decarbonization of the transportation sector. This shift requires a reimagining of passenger, public transit, and commercial vehicles, and an entirely new system of public and private infrastructure to support refuelling these vehicles with alternative fuels like electricity.
In 2021, over 100 billion tonnes of materials were consumed globally for the first time. Much of this material—construction, plastics, textiles, and electronics—will become waste,
The policy environment in Canada is undergoing a fundamental shift. Longer-term challenges, such as climate change, and trends, such as increasing digitization of the economy and society, have converged with the once-in-a-century health, social, and economic impacts of a global pandemic to reframe the priorities of citizens and the ways Canadian institutions can and should operate.