C. D. Howe Institute

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The C.D. Howe Institute
C. D. Howe Institute logo.png
Motto Essential Policy Intelligence
Formation 1958
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters 67 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Key people William B.P. Robson[1]
President & CEO
Duncan Munn
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Finn Poschmann
Vice President Research
James Fleming
Editor & Vice President of Media
Hal Koblin
Director of Communications
Website www.cdhowe.org

The C.D. Howe Institute (French: Institut C.D. Howe) is an independent not-for-profit[2] public policy think tank based at 67 Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Rated the number one domestic economic think tank in Canada[3], the institute was formed in 1973 from the merger of the Private Planning Association (founded in 1958) and the C. D. Howe Memorial Foundation.[4] The Institute publishes research and hosts conferences on a wide variety of issues in Canadian economic and social policy. As a non-profit, politically Independent organization, its official mandate is to improve the standard of living for Canadians through sound public policy solutions.[5]

Peer Review Process[edit]

Every major policy study receives thorough peer review, which includes the participation of academics and outside, independent experts. The Institute’s peer review process helps ensure the quality, integrity and objectivity of the Institute’s research. The Institute will not publish any major study that, in its view, fails to meet the standards of the external review process. The Institute requires that its authors publicly disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest of which they are aware.[6]

The institute derives the majority of its funding from individual and corporate members, who are given the opportunity to attend public policy roundtables and conferences featuring prominent Canadian and International policymakers, business leaders and public servants.

Policy Areas[edit]

Major areas of policy research include fiscal and tax policy, monetary policy, social policy, governance and public institutions, trade policy, and economic growth and innovation. The institute also commissions a number of policy programs, including the Monetary Policy Council, Fiscal and Tax Competitiveness Program, Financial Services Research Initiative, and Pension Policy Council and Competition Policy Council.[7]

Policy Impact[edit]

The C.D. Howe Institute notes that its programs have supported a number of events in Canadian public policy including: the embrace of the North American Free Trade Agreement by successive federal governments; austerity rules against federal and provincial deficits; lowering of inflation through Inflation targeting; reform of the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans; lowering business taxes; and altering social programs.[8]


  1. ^ "William B.P. Robson. President and Chief Executive Officer". Cdhowe.org. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  2. ^ "About the C.D. Howe". http://www.cdhowe.org. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  3. ^ McGann, James. "2013 GLOBAL GO TO THINK TANK INDEX REPORT". http://gotothinktank.com/. University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Dobuzinskis, Laurent (2012). "C.D. Howe Institute". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "About the C.D. Howe Institute". Cdhowe.org. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.cdhowe.org/expert-review
  7. ^ "C.D. Howe Institute". Cdhowe.org. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Policy Impact". Cdhowe.org. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 

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