Press Releases

Innovation : Solutions to adress Quebec’s lagging performance

March 20, 2017|

Montréal, March 20, 2017 – As the Quebec government prepares to launch a new strategy to stimulate innovation, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) has released a study […]

Productivity at the SAQ stagnant for nearly 30 years

November 14, 2016|

Montréal, November 14, 2016 – While the actual net profit of the Société des alcools du Québec is now 1.7 times higher than in 1989, productivity at the state-owned corporation has stagnated over the entire period. […]

Ten years after the municipal demergers: In the end, who is benefiting from the reform ?

October 3, 2016|

Montréal, October 3, 2016 – Ten years after the municipal demergers, what conclusions can be drawn regarding this reform imposed by the Quebec government? Has the creation of agglomerations benefited the reconstituted cities, or not? […]

Walter J. Somers Foundation joins forces with Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal

September 27, 2016|

Montreal, Sept. 27, 2016 – The Walter J. Somers Foundation is pleased to announce a formal alliance with the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal. The centre will now be known as […]

Municipalities can control their spending

May 9, 2016|

Montréal, May 9, 2016 – Whereas the previous editions of the Quebec Municipalities Rankings showed a disturbing upward trend in municipal spending, the trend seems to have slowed in 2014, when the mayors who […]

Economic development : Quebec’s strategies are inconsistent

January 25, 2016|

Montreal, January 25, 2016 – Despite the extensive financial aid they have received since the late 90s, Quebec companies continue to post lacklustre performance: productivity growth remains weak, the economy is struggling to create […]

Education, far from a priority in Quebec

January 25, 2016|

Montreal, January 25, 2016 – Contrary to its claims, the Quebec government does not appear to be making education a real priority. Since the early 2000s, real per capita spending on health and social […]

Tax burden: Boosting business taxes would penalize workers

October 14, 2015|

Montreal, October 14, 2015 – Increasing the tax burden on Quebec firms would not only penalize workers, but it is those who can least afford it who would pay the price, reveals a recent […]

2015 Quebec municipalities rankings

May 12, 2015|

Montréal, May 12, 2015 – Close to half the increase in per capita municipal spending in Quebec can be attributed to rising payroll expenditures, making this the main source of growth in municipal spending in […]

The Quebec government is sinking further into debt

March 11, 2015|

Montreal, March 11, 2015 –“In Quebec, the issue is not so much the size of the government’s debt, although there is cause for concern, but the context in which it has taken on that level […]