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Foresight and Policy Planning for the Post-Pandemic Economy


A post-pandemic Canada provides the opportunity to rethink the way we operate. Everything from the digital economy, to the future of work, health, the environment and even governance may now be on the table. These impacts will also affect all sectors of the economy.

Policy Horizons Canada undertook research between March and July 2020 on the potential medium- to long‑term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through desk research, expert interviews, conversations, workshops and literature reviews, it explores some potential changes, disruptions, and shifts that may arise. It also looks at foresight in policy making, including working with scenarios, identifying policy implications, testing assumptions, and practising visions thinking.

Join guest speakers from Policy Horizons as they delve into the findings of this report and what the future of the economy may look like for Canadians.


  • Alexis Conrad, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Horizons Canada
  • Kristel Van der Elst, Director General, Policy Horizons Canada
  • Neil Bouwer, Vice President, Canada School of Public Service
  • Bob Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization

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