Government’s plan for Northern Ontario fails to deliver

In Research by Michael Rae

When it comes to economic policy, good government involves knowing when to do something and when to do nothing. Ontario’s Northern Growth Plan is an interesting variation on this motif as a government policy that despite its lofty goals of trying to do something, does not seem to have done anything.The Ontario government released the 25-year Growth Plan for Northern Ontario in March of 2011 in response to years of slow growth and economic stagnation in northern Ontario. Its goals were to diversify the region’s economy, stimulate new investment and nurture high-growth potential emerging sectors. One suspects that a reasonable

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