News Releases

April 12, 2017

  • NPI Commissions a “Northern Newcomer Strategy”. 75,000 workers, 150,000 people. These are the forecasted workforce and population shortfalls throughout Northern Ontario by the year 2041, even after allowing for the expected growth in the Indigenous population. In order to meet those goals the north would have to attract on average some 6,000 people a year, starting next year and every year thereafter for 25 years. This will require real resources, significant effort, and serious commitment. It will also require an evidence based plan. Northern Policy Institute has launched a new project, Northern Attraction, to collect the evidence, engage with experts, and develop that action plan to share with key decision makers, community partners and the broader public.

April 4, 2017

  •  The seventh installment of Northern Projections: Human Capital Series reveals an aging and declining working-age population will have significant consequences on Nipissing district’s future labour market. The new report, a partnership between Northern Policy Institute and the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, finds that there are several trends – both positive and negative – unfolding that will impact the Nipissing district’s economy and the standard of living of residents within the area.

March 30, 2017

  • Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Board, has released the sixth report of their joint effort; Northern Projections: Human Capital Series. The report, authored by James Cuddy and Bakhtiar Moazzami, focuses on the Parry Sound District, proposing secondary migration from the Greater Toronto Area as a solution to slow-growth population numbers.    

March 27, 2017

  • New Research Explores Northern Becoming the College of Choice for Indigenous Peoples. Northern College, in partnership with Northern Policy Institute (NPI), recently completed a research project on the challenges and opportunities for Northern College in becoming the college of choice for Indigenous peoples in Northeastern Ontario.

March 2, 2017

  • Northern Policy Institute has partnered with North Superior Workforce Planning Board – Your Local Employment Planning Council to provide communities with greater access to labour market information at the very local level. The Community Labour Market Report Series by Amandine Martel and José-Karl Noiseux, provides local labour market indicators for communities in the NSWPB region, to assist leaders and organizations in the decision-making process.

January 31, 2017

  • Greater Sudbury should build on their role as a leader in education and skills enhancement – particularly for Indigenous and newcomer populations. That is the message coming out of the newest report from the Northern Projections: Human Capital Series, a partnership between Northern Policy Institute and Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards.

January 31, 2017

  • Urban solutions will not work for rural Rainy River. The latest report to emerge from the Northern Projections Human Capital Series offers several recommendations for Rainy River – a district already experiencing major demographic and labour market shifts. The report recommends a renewed focus on increased skills training and education levels to meet current workforce needs.

January 26, 2017

  • Employers in our region are going to be recognized for making their workplaces more welcoming to Indigenous peoples and Newcomers. An innovative new project led by Northern Policy Instute, in partnership with the North Superior Workforce Planning Board, your Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC), will help employers identify and access existing supports to hire individuals from these growing labour pools.

January 26, 2017

  • What can Northern Ontario learn from a community 4,500 kilometres away? A new commentary from the Northern Policy Institute shares the challenges and successes of Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN), a small community in the Yukon Territory as it makes efforts to grow a sustainable and inclusive economy. Lessons from the Yukon for Northern Ontario: First Nations, Tourism and Regional Economic Development was transcribed from a presentation that Justin Ferbey gave on January 7, 2016 at the Goring Family Lecture Series on Sustainable Northern Economic Development in Sudbury, ON.

December 13, 2016

  • New research from Northern Policy Institute, You Would Even Say It Glows? Rudolph’s Nose is Losing Brightness, has discovered that as Rudolph ages, his nose is becoming significantly less bright.

November 24, 2016

  • Building Resilience: a new commentary published by Northern Policy Institute, After the Healing: Safeguarding Northern Nishnawbe First Nations High School Education by Paul W. Bennett proposes immediate action be taken to ensure a brighter future for First Nations students attending First Nations band-operated high schools.

November 15, 2016

  • The third annual report released by Northern Policy Institute shows significant progress, as Northern Ontario’s think tank continues to inspire fresh ideas, identify opportunities and publish evidence-based solutions for and from Northern Ontario.

November 3, 2016

  • Get inspired. Get involved. Together, let’s continue what we’ve started. Northern Ontario’s independent, evidenced-based think tank is pleased to announce it is registered as a charity for educational purposes, and open for donations and sponsorship.

October 27, 2016

  • A new briefing note released by Northern Policy Institute, Health Care Priorities in Northern Ontario Aboriginal Communities, by John Dabous, Julie Duff Cloutier, Nichola Hoffman and Kristen Morin, emphasizes how improved access and integration of culturally safe services can tackle the serious health care disparities that continue to exist in the north. 

September 27, 2016

  • A new commentary released by Northern Policy Institute suggests that many of Northern Ontario’s economic and social problems are linked to how the region is governed. Governance in Northern Ontario: Taking Ownership of the Future, by David MacKinnon, uses evidence to propose that Northern Ontario should pursue a regional governance model – people in a region determining their collective ends, means, and values - as a major step forward for the region.

September 22, 2016

  • Northern Policy Institute Launches Northern Ontario Data Consortium. Northern Policy Institute has just made it easier to access statistical data at the community level. As a consortium lead with the Canadian Council of Social Development’s Community Data Program, NPI is now able to make important social and economic data available to communities and organizations throughout Northern Ontario.

September 20, 2016

  • This is BIG. Northern Policy Institute is offering free registration for five college students and five university students to attend our upcoming Conference October 5-6th in Sudbury, ON.

September 15, 2016

  • Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, has released the third report of their joint effort; Northern Projections: Human Capital Series. The report focuses on the Thunder Bay District, highlighting the contrasts that exist between urban and rural population and workforce trends.  

September 14, 2016

  • Join the Conversation on a Basic Income Guarantee. Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the agenda for the upcoming BIG Conference October 5-6th in Sudbury, ON.

September 13, 2016

  • The second installment of the Northern Projections: Human Capital Series, reveals a bright future for the Cochrane District hinges on much more than just a jobs strategy. The new report, a partnership between Northern Policy Institute and the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards, brings to light several key trends that are projected to have a significant impact on the district moving forward. 

August 3, 2016

  • Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce an upcoming conference to explore the idea of a basic income guarantee (BIG) on October 5-6th in Sudbury, ON.

July 26, 2016

  • True North: A new commentary from Northern Policy Institute re-visits the concept of nordicity, and questions whether current language and policy decisions are keeping up with physical and socio-economic shifts in "Northern" Ontario.

July 14, 2016

  • Value for Money? Key findings of a new commentary from Northern Policy Institute leaves more questions than answers on the overall effect of Sudbury’s 2001 amalgamation.

June 28, 2016

  • Northern Policy Institute is pleased to launch the Northern Ontario Infrastructure Map (NOIM), an interactive tool that displays various infrastructure assets within Northern Ontario.

June 23, 2016

  • A new commentary released by Northern Policy Institute, Food for Thought: Access to Food in Canada’s Remote North, reviewed current literature on food security to get a better understanding of the impacts that inadequate amounts of healthy, nutritious foods are having on First Nations communities in the North.

June 9, 2016

  • A new report commissioned by the Northern Policy Institute in partnership with the Northern Ontario Workforce Planning Boards uncovers some serious challenges – and potential solutions - for the Timiskaming District.

June 2, 2016:

  • The return of the mandatory long-form census means good news for Northern Ontario, a region that experienced a dose of data deprivation under five years of the voluntary National Household Survey (NHS).

May 31, 2016:

  • Northern Policy Institute President and CEO Charles Cirtwill is pleased to welcome ten new youth summer interns to our team. In partnership with supporting organizations, interns will be placed in communities across Northern Ontario including Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins and Sudbury.

April 1, 2016:

  • Northern Policy Institute CEO Charles Cirtwill is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to our team.

March 8, 2016: 

  • In “The Merits of Supervised Injection Facilities: A case for Sudbury and Northern Ontario,” author Alex Berryman argues that a supervised injection facility in Sudbury and other northern communities would be effective in carrying out a number of key health care goals, improving community wellness, and reducing the incidence of incurable disease.

January 26, 2016:

  • The province of Ontario could be missing out on billions of dollars in tax revenue and the creation of thousands of jobs for the people of Northern Ontario. According to a new research report published by Northern Policy Institute, nine potential mining projects have been proposed in the North since 2010, with an estimated wealth at $135.4 billion and the potential to create over 23,000 jobs. But according to Karl Skogstad and Ayman Alahmar in their report, The Mining Industry in Northwestern Ontario: An Analysis of Recent Developments and a Strategy for Success, none of these proposed projects have begun commercial production.

December 17, 2015:

  • The latest briefing note released by Northern Policy Institute looks at a new airport funding model that could ensure remote communities remain viable and economically competitive. Prepared by former Northern Policy Institute intern, Erin Estok, Is the North Being Grounded? The Case for Intergovernmental Investment in Northern Ontario’s Airports, argues that an intergovernmental investment partnership model will help enhance airport infrastructures in the region.

December 15, 2015:

  • Northern Policy Institute has launched its newest community initiative, #whatHATruwearing, a social media campaign designed to get people talking about Northern Ontario. Using the hashtag, #whatHATruwearing, people and organizations are encouraged to share photos of themselves wearing a hat or other swag that represents who they are, who they represent, or where they are from.

December 3, 2015:

  • Over 50 years ago, classrooms arrived on rails to children in remote Northern Ontario communities. While a lot has changed since the time of school trains, access to education remains a major barrier especially in rural and remote communities throughout the region. This is one of the key findings in a new commentary released by Northern Policy Institute. Making the Grade? Education Trends in Northern Ontario, written by policy analyst, Mike Commito, examines the trends in publicly available information about educational attainment and employment in Northern Ontario.

November 17, 2015:

  • A new briefing note published by Northern Policy Institute looks at how interprofessional care can be implemented as a strategy to improve access to health care in remote, rural, and northern communities.

November 3, 2015:

  • In order to succeed, Northern Ontario businesses and organizations need to understand the issues and challenges that they face in the North. Northern Policy Institute is encouraging businesses and organizations across the region to participate in the Employer One Survey.

October 15, 2015:

  • In its second year, Northern Policy Institute has built upon the momentum of its first year and continues to grow. The Second Annual Report (2014-2015) released by Northern Policy Institute outlines how Northern Ontario’s think tank has already cemented itself as a leader in policy research in the region. 

October 16, 2015:

  • The four main federal parties in this year’s upcoming federal election have all received marginal passing grades when it comes to priorities in Ontario. In May 2015, Northern Policy Institute partnered with the Mowat Centre to create A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario, which provided 32 recommendations across six focus areas for Ontario.  

October 9, 2015:

  • Is the Ring of Fire still Northern Ontario’s next big mining project? A new commentary published by Northern Policy Institute argues that it still has potential and that that potential could benefit the entire region. The commentary, Roads, Rail, and the Ring of Fire, was written by Rick Millette and Mike Commito and is based on a presentation given by Millette during the Ontario Good Roads/Rural Ontario Municipal Association Combined Conference in February 2015.  

October 6, 2015:

  • In advance of its AGM being held in Timmins this week, Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of its latest Research Fellow and the expansion of its Advisory Council and Research Advisory Board.  

September 24, 2015:

  • The latest report published by Northern Policy Institute, A Strategy for Change: Supporting Teachers and Improving First Nations, Métis, and Inuit School Success in Provincially Funded Northernwestern Ontario Schools, by Dr. John Hodson and Dr. Julian Kitchen, proposes a new program to help First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in the north achieve success in the classroom.

September 22, 2015:

  • Northern Ontario data is now just a click away. Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre are pleased to launch Northbynumbers.ca, an interactive data tool that displays Northern Ontario census data from between 2001 and 2011.

August 21, 2015:

  • A new report released by Northern Policy Institute recommends that the provincial government reintroduce the spring bear hunt with a non-resident component on a trial basis.

August 13, 2015:

  • Northern Policy Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new newsletter, Due North, available in English and French.

June 30, 2015:

  • Compared to provincial averages, people living in Northern Ontario continue to experience disproportionate rates of ill-health.

June 23, 2015:

  • A new briefing note released by Northern Policy Institute identifies access to culturally appropriate health care services as the top health policy priority for the people of Northern Ontario.

June 9, 2015:

  • According to a new research report released by Northern Policy Institute, a major restructuring of FedNor could help separate the program from Industry Canada and allow it to stand on its own two feet, giving it more autonomy and place it in a better position to serve the people of Northern Ontario.

May 25, 2015:

  • Investing in the success of our aboriginal peoples, understanding and reflecting the diverse labour markets of Northern Ontario, committing to better Northern infrastructure, being a flexible and committed partner in pursuit of Northern opportunities; these are just some of the recommendations northerners put forward to guide future federal activity here in Northern Ontario.

May 5, 2015:

  • A new report released by Northern Policy Institute on the labour market in Northeastern Ontario details how the region is showing potential for growth in the face of several challenges.

April 16, 2015:

  • According to a new report released by Northern Policy Institute, Northern Ontario should be looking to other northern regions around the world to learn how to move the region toward a brighter and more successful future.

March 31, 2015:

  • A new report released by Northern Policy Institute and the North Superior Workforce Planning Board examines demographic changes in Northern Ontario.

March 25, 2015:

  • A new report and video podcast released by Northern Policy Institute shows the close relationship between Northern Ontario’s overall declining population and the struggling primary industry sector.

March 20, 2015:

  • Northern Policy Institute, in partnership with the North Superior Workforce Planning Board, released a report on the labour market in Northwestern Ontario that details some of the unique characteristics of the region.

March 5, 2015:

  • A new briefing note released by Northern Policy Institute identifies expanded use of primary health care models as the best way to address shortages of primary care options in the region. 

January 22, 2015:

  • What can the federal government do to grown the Northern Ontario economy? This is the question the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, its partners, and Northern Policy Institute will be asking at a Leader's Breakfast on January 28, 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

January 22, 2015:

  • The people of Northeastern Ontario say the region is being held back by a lack of federal transfer payments, innovation, workforce development, and poor engagement from FedNor. Throughout December and January, Northern Policy Institute has been collecting feedback across Northern Ontario to help build the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario. Northern Policy Institute president and CEO, Charles Cirtwill, said that this process provides an important opportunity to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Northern Ontario.

January 22, 2015:

  • The people of Northwestern Ontario say the high cost of energy, aging infrastructure, and challenges with workforce development are the top issues that continue to plague the region. Throughout December and January, Northern Policy Institute has been collecting feedback across Northern Ontario to help build the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario.

January 15, 2015:

  • What can the federal government do to grow the Northern Ontario economy? This is the question the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and Northern Policy Institute will be asking at a Leader's Luncheon on January 21, 2015 in Thunder Bay, ON.

December 4 2014:

  • Northern Policy Institute, along with The Mowat Centre and The Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, is embarking on a project to create a Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario in the lead up to the expected federal election in 2015. The project was introduced during the 2014 Ontario Economic Summit with the release of The Mowat Centre’s discussion paper, A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario.

October 15, 2014:

  • Northern Policy Institute is well positioned to become a leader in policy research in the North after only its first year of operation. Northern Policy Institute’s First Annual Report (2013-2014) outlines the accomplishments of the newly formed think tank and its direction for the future.

September 10, 2014:

  • In latest report from Northern Policy Institute, authors say a Community Schools model will improve the education and life chances of First Nation children and youth.

July 29, 2014:

  • The latest report issued by Northern Policy Institute, Northern Ontario's think tank, examines the impact of minimum wage increases on the economy in Ontario. The report suggests that raising minimum wages is good for politics and Canada's international profile but has negative effects on employment by reducing demand for workers.

June 26th, 2014:

  • Northern Policy Institute has announced a Speaker's Breakfast with Nick Mulder, the author of the think tank's first report on the Ring of Fire. The Speaker's Breakfast will take place on July 10th at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay and is open to everyone. 

June 17, 2014:

  • Northern Policy Institute released a report today that provides timely recommendations for government and industry on proposed infrastructure development in the Ring of Fire.

June 10th, 2014:

  • Northern Policy Institute's first Research Advisory Board was introduced today, as well as the official appointment of the organization's inaugural group of Senior Research Fellows.

May 14, 2014:

  • The President and CEO of Northern Policy Institute, Charles Cirtwill, is pleased to  announce the members of Northern Policy Institute’s inaugural Advisory Council. The six Advisory Council members are: Ron  Arnold, Murray Coolican, Barbara Courte Elinesky, Brian Davey, Tony Dean and Don Drummond

July 4, 2013:

  • Martin Bayer, Chair of the newly established Northern Policy Institute (NPI), is pleased to announce the appointment of the Institutes founding President and CEO, Charles Cirtwill. Cirtwill comes with a wealth of experience in creating and leading an independent, not-for-profit organization.