Public Policy

The Evolving Comparative Competitiveness of Canadian and American Industries

September 11, 2018|

Thus far, negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have focussed mainly on trade disputes between Canada and the United States. But in fact, the concerns in the headlines may be […]

15 years of declining productivity at Loto-Québec

December 4, 2017|

While Loto-Québec’s declining profitability is generally attributed to lower demand and efforts to ensure that gambling is marketed responsibly, an in-depth analysis of the provincial crown corporation’s performance points to a productivity issue. This […]

2017 Municipal elections : A tool for comparing municipal spending

October 24, 2017|

At a time when Quebeckers are preparing to vote in municipal elections on November 5, the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) today released a study profiling the outgoing […]

Payroll tax: An additional burden for Quebec workers

September 20, 2017|

Every year, the Quebec government collects large amounts of revenue from businesses through their contributions to the Health Services Fund (HSF). Better known as payroll tax, this fiscal tool is often seen as an […]

Innovation : Solutions to adress Quebec’s lagging performance

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 criticizing the ineffectiveness of the […]

Productivity in the Quebec Public Sector – the SAQ

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. In other words, […]

The municipal demergers, ten years later : Statement of facts

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? Have some of them […]

Tax burden: Boosting business taxes would penalize workers

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 analysis by the HEC Montréal […]

2014 Quebec Municipalities Rankings

October 21, 2014|

At a time when municipal employees are stepping up their pressure tactics against Bill 3 on pension plans, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP) has just released its annual Quebec Municipalities […]

Productivity in Quebec : a regional perspective

September 24, 2014|

Well documented, stunting growth in labor productivity observed in Quebec has been little studied from a regional perspective. Yet it is a fundamental aspect of the problem since the efforts to address the performance […]