For over twenty years, the Frontier Centre for Public Policy has focus its research efforts in a variety of public policy areas: (click on the area of interest)

Aboriginal Futures

Explores empowering indigenous Canadians by bringing them into the economic mainstream, restoring property and commercial rights.

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Priority topics include funding aboriginals individually (instead of funding the reserve system) and a strategy to phase out the Indian Act.

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Core Public Sector Reform

Applying the principles of transparency (measuring delivery costs and results), neutrality (objectively considering all delivery alternatives) and separation

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(focusing elected officials on policy making, separated from operations) to policy delivery. Explore divestment and privatization of crown corporations and public services.

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Culture Wars

Defending free speech in Canada;

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expanding the boundaries of acceptable speech and freedom to legitimately discuss and fairly debate controversial issues; intelligent push back on identity politics; cultural Marxism and speech codes and political correctness run amok.

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Education

Studying methods of instruction that lead to high student achievement such as content-based curriculum,

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mastery of the academic basics, and teacher-led classrooms. Debunking educational fads (such as 21st century skills, no-zero policies, and discovery learning), not supported by research evidence.

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Healthcare

Examines and compares successful models of healthcare delivery in other countries that could restore and improve the quality and effectiveness of Canada’s healthcare system.

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During 2008-2011 in partnership with a Swedish think tank, Frontier produced healthcare indexes comparing Canada to 32 European countries, and provincial healthcare systems on patient responsiveness.

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Housing Affordability

Examines land use regulation impacts on housing affordability in Canada; promoting private home ownership; exposing the real costs of densification and “smart  growth” policies.

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Our annual housing affordability index compares house price affordability across Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.

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Immigration & Workplace

Examines the changing labour marketplace including policy biases in favour of employees versus contractors,

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telecommuting, the demographic challenge/immigration, achieving European standards for workplace bargaining and employment tax reform.

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Municipalities/Cities

The Local Government Performance Index (LGPI) benchmarks transparency levels, financial and service performance of 100 largest Canadian cities.

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Promote discussion of high vs low performance cities, including supporting legislative principles and best practices for making or buying services.

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Policy Blueprints

Practical policy road maps for government featuring best practices in standard areas of public policy including taxation, service delivery, and governance.

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Guides to elected officials seeking to maximize living standards based on models of high performing governments internationally.

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Public Finance & Fiscal Federalism

Examines politically viable alternatives to the present equalization system

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which keeps recipient provinces dependent on subsidies and blunts their incentives to create innovative economies.

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Smart Green – Energy & Environment

Solving environmental problems without reducing freedom.

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Communicates that environment indicators are improving in general; challenges man-made climate change orthodoxy; developing a “smart green” branding methodology to encourage scientifically rigorous and market-oriented environment policy.

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Transportation

Maximizing consumer and broader economic benefits from market oriented transport policies that embrace new technologies;

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competitive supply and smarter/less government regulation.

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