Public Policy Research From An Ontario Perspective

    McGuinty Government and University of Toronto Launch New Research

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is partnering with the University of Toronto to create a new
research institute that will examine public policy issues that affect Ontario.
    The province is providing seed money of $5 million to establish the
research institute which will provide non-partisan policy research and
analysis on key intergovernmental issues affecting Ontario and its
relationship with other jurisdictions in Canada, North American and the world.
    The institute will be part of the university's School of Public Policy
and Governance
(, a
leading public policy educational institution in Canada. It will be
independent of government.
    The institute will develop long-term and innovative policy responses to
challenges facing Ontario and Canada. It will publicize its work through
public reports, lectures, electronic outlets and other means.
    The institute will also serve as a home for visiting researchers and
students and will establish relationships with universities and researchers
across Ontario and around the world.


    "The challenges and opportunities facing Canada are exciting.
Independent, forward-looking research that considers the Ontario experience is
essential if Canada is going to prosper in the 21st century." said Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy

    "The University of Toronto is looking forward to this opportunity to
bring its multidisciplinary strengths to bear on the most compelling public
policy challenges facing the province and Canada. Faculty and students in a
wide range of fields will work together to ensure the latest and best thinking
comes from this exciting and innovative institute," said Professor
Mark Stabile, Director of the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy
and Governance.


    -   Ontario is providing a one-time funding grant to the University of
        Toronto's ( School of Public Policy and
        Governance toward a trust that will support the establishment and
        operation of an independent research institute.

    -   The institute will have a mandate to commission, publish and
        publicize independent, non-partisan policy research on national and
        global issues, while taking the interests of Ontario into account.

    -   The province and the School of Public Policy and Governance have
        signed a memorandum of understanding outlining key operational
        considerations regarding the institute, including a governance model
        and a staffing model.

    -   The University of Toronto is Canada's leading research university.

    -   The School of Public Policy and Governance is home to many of
        Canada's top academics in public policy. It has more than 60
        affiliated faculty.


    Read about the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and

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( and universities

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For further information:

For further information: Emily Durst, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1628;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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