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Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series: Economic Development and Infrastructure


Public sector work in economic development and infrastructure is critical in ensuring a competitive and productive Canadian economy. When done right, this work increases job opportunities, creates better transportation networks, and, ultimately, improves the overall quality of life for Canadian citizens.

This third event in the series explores how the structural characteristics of federalism impact Canada's economic development and infrastructure. Speakers will discuss the legal and social frameworks that impact programs, policies and activities, with a focus on how to manage regional competitiveness, distribute opportunities, support innovation, and encourage interprovincial/international trade.

Participants will get an inside look at the Government of Canada's role in economic development and examine the contemporary context of federalism.

This event was held in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy's Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation.

Learn more about The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series.


  • Herbert Emery, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, University of New Brunswick
  • Alison O'Leary, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Communities and Infrastructure Programs (CIP), Infrastructure Canada


Hugo Cyr, Director General, École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP)

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