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Let’s build back better.

As Canada comes out of the COVID crisis, governments and the private sector will turn their attention to building a long-term economic recovery. Let’s make that recovery resilient by building back better.

Building back better means supporting the jobs, infrastructure and growth that will keep Canada competitive in the fast-growing global clean economy.

The Task Force for a Resilient Recovery is an independent group of Canadian finance, policy and sustainability leaders determined to make sure Canada seizes this opportunity.

Get to know our insights and recommendations for government.

Meet the members of the Task Force.

Andy Chisholm – Member, Board of Directors, Royal Bank of Canada & Member, Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance

Barbara Zvan – Former Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Bruce Lourie – President, Ivey Foundation

Don Forgeron – President and CEO, Insurance Bureau of Canada

Gerald Butts – Senior Advisor, Eurasia Group

Helen Mountford – Vice President, Climate & Economics, World Resources Institute

James Meadowcroft – Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration and
Department of Political Science, Carleton University

JP Gladu – Former President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Merran Smith – Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

Michael Horgan – Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones

Mitchell Davidson, Executive Director, Strategy Corp Institute of Public Policy and Economy

Mira Oreck, Executive Director, The Houssian Foundation

Philippe Dunsky – President, Dunsky Energy Consulting

Richard Florizone – President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable
Development

Stewart Elgie – Executive Chair, Smart Prosperity Institute

Insights & recommendations

View the final report from the Task Force along with analysis submitted by its research partners and peers.

Final Report: Bridge to the Future
Sep 16, 2020

In its final report, the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery calls for 5 bold moves, supported by $55.4 billion in investments, to kickstart Canada’s long-term economic recovery from COVID-19.
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Official Partner Submission:
Resilient Home Retrofits Program
By: Insurance Bureau of Canada

This submission proposes a home retrofits program designed to prepare Canadians for increasing extreme weather events while generating multiple economic benefits.

Official Partner Submission:
Resilient Recovery Framework

By: Smart Prosperity Institute

The Resilient Recovery Framework tool assesses potential government recovery measures against nine criteria related to environment, economy and equity.

Partner Analysis: Making a green recovery inclusive for all Canadians
Sep 11, 2020
By: Smart Prosperity Institute

Nine policy ideas that can serve all three goals of creating jobs, investing in a cleaner future, and supporting greater inclusivity.

From Our Peers: Ensuring a Just Recovery for Canada
Sep  2020
By: Climate Action Network

The Task Force’s focus is primarily on a recovery that is good for the economy and good for the environment. Other important priorities, like equity and inclusiveness, also deserve attention in Canada’s response.

Partner Analysis: Unique recovery opportunities for Canada
Sep 11, 2020
By: Jeremy Oppenheim & Mark Meldrum

If the Task Force recommendations were to narrow down on specific technology opportunities for Canada, here’s what we believe they would be.

Partner Analysis: Public investments in a green recovery – what steps can Canada take?
Aug 31, 2020
By: Mariana Mazzucato et al.

Identifying solutions for funding Canada’s recovery by analyzing the historical mix of investors in green energy projects.

Partner Analysis: Don’t Let Green Recovery Become a Political Hot Potato
Aug 24, 2020
By: Richard Florizone (Chair)

Around the word, politicians of all stripes are advancing green recovery plans. Let’s not allow politics to get in the way of a smart move for Canada.

Partner Analysis: Uncharted Waters, But Not Lost at Sea
Jun 8, 2020
By: IISD

Canada’s leaders will face increasing scrutiny as to how much stimulus money is going where, and to what extent it will help us build back better.

Partner Analysis: Building Back Better – A Roadmap to the Canada We Want
Jun 3, 2020
By: Corporate Knights

We can create quality jobs and own part of the low-carbon podium if we invest now with boldness and creativity.

Partner Analysis: Carbon pricing isn’t enough to drive a green recovery
Jun 2, 2020
By: Smart Prosperity Institute

We are not fighting climate change in normal times, we are trying to advance a net-zero transition during an economic meltdown.

Partner Analysis: Will Canada Lead, Follow, or Be Left Behind?
Jun 2, 2020
By: IISD

The IMF, World Bank, leading economists, and some of the world’s biggest companies and investors are adding their support for a green recovery.

Partner Analysis: POLL – Canadians hoping for a ‘cleaner recovery’
May 28, 2020
By: Clean Energy Canada

Current economic and health challenges have done little or nothing to diminish support for infrastructure changes that will create a cleaner economy.

Expert Advisor: 12 Design Principles for Winning the Peace
May 28, 2020
By: Jeremy Oppenheim

Expert Advisor Jeremy Oppenheim lays out 12 design principles for post-COVID recovery.

Partner Analysis: Will high levels of public debt come back to haunt us?
May 27, 2020
By: IISD

Examining how stimulus spending is actually financed and what we’re seeing in stimulus packages in Europe, Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

Partner Analysis: Building back better with nature-based climate solutions
May 20, 2020
By: Corporate Knights

For as little as 0.1% of GDP, Canada can rejuvenate its forest and farm ecosystems while creating thousands of jobs.

Partner Analysis: An energy-efficient economic recovery in 3 steps
May 13, 2020
By: Efficiency Canada

Here is a practical and ambitious three-stage plan to make energy efficiency a core part of Canada’s economic recovery strategy.

Partner Analysis: Pilot projects are a smart bet for stimulus dollars
May 13, 2020
By: Smart Prosperity Institute

Three ideas for how government stimulus dollars could target clean technology pilot projects.

Partner Analysis: Building back better by greening industry
May 13, 2020
By: Corporate Knights

Green recovery policies should accelerate the circular economy, electrify light industry and decarbonize heavy industry.

Partner Analysis: Not Your Typical Recession
May 8, 2020
By: Smart Prosperity Institute

The April Labour Force Survey confirms this economic downturn is unlike anything we have ever seen in Canada.

Partner Analysis: Building Back Better Makes Good Economic Sense
May 4, 2020
By: IISD

A major new international study finds that “recovery packages that seek synergies between climate and economic goals have better prospects for increasing national wealth.”

Frequently asked questions.

More information

Click here for a backgrounder document with more information on the Task Force.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Eric Campbell
Task Force for a Resilient Recovery
eric@smartprosperity.ca