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Policy in Place: Models for Federal-Provincial-Municipal Collaboration

February 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the importance of cities as partners in implementing and enforcing national and provincial policies, programs, and services. How can federal-provincial-municipal collaboration be improved? What models exist for all three orders government to come together and address shared policy challenges?

On February 2, Dr. Neil Bradford addressed these questions by revisiting Canada’s history of successful tri-level agreements between federal, provincial, and municipal governments on issues from homelessness to economic development and infrastructure. Working from his recent IMFG paper, Dr. Bradford showed how these agreements offer a model for a more collaborative form of policymaking that includes all orders of government, including municipalities, and communities.

Neil Bradford is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Governance, Leadership, and Ethics program at Huron University College at Western. His research focuses on place-based public policy and multi-level governance, and has been published in journals such as Urban Affairs Review, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. He is also the author of multiple reports on urban and regional development and intergovernmental relations for Canadian and international research institutes, including the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canadian Urban Institute, and the OECD.

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar and has a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University. He is the Senior Policy Advisor at the Wellesley Institute and the co-founder of Monumental, a new start-up focused on supporting organizations work towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19. He is an emeritus Bousfield Scholar and current adjunct professor at UofT’s School of Urban Planning. He was founder and former Executive Director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. In 2017 he was winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize and in 2018 a Rising Star in Toronto Life’s Power List.

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February 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance