For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Our economies are in uncharted territory, our institutions are under immense stress, and our global relationships are being put to the test.  That is why the future seems so uncertain. It is also why the choices we make now will shape the long road to recovery.


Building a coalition.


We are in unprecedented times.

The combined impact of the pandemic and global economic recession means that informed and coordinated action matters more than ever. That is why Canada 2020 and its partners have launched The Recovery Project, an international coalition of think-tanks, research institutes, and organizations designed to start the conversation about recovery - even if that recovery seems a long way off.

Billions - if not trillions - will be spent; institutional roles will be re-examined; and global relationships will be put to the test.


The long tail, and what's next.

The road to recovery should be built on a foundation of evidence, sustained effort and common purpose. That is why we are marshalling our resources to provide insight and analysis for what comes next. Our work will focus on the long tail of economic recovery around the world. 

Semi-regular briefings and commentary from The Recovery Project's coalition of experts, advisors and guest-contributors.

Commentary & Briefings

Livestream Discussions

The Recovery Project will convene semi-regular livestream discussions with experts from our network.

Media Resource Centre

Connecting media with experts who 

are studying the long tail of recovery. 


Deep-dives into the latest data, statistics and research. White papers, data visualization and fact sheets.

Research & Analysis

When appropriate, The Recovery Project will convene in-person events to discuss post-shut down approaches.

Conferences & Events

Supporting Small Businesses during COVID19

with Rachel Bendayan

Member of Parliament for Outremont

and Parliamentary Secratary for Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Canada’s Energy Future with 

the Hon. Seamus O’Regan and the Hon. Anne McLellan

Monday June 8, 2020,  3:00 PM Eastern


The Rise of Regional Economies

How will the COVID-19 response impact local and regional economies? Will those changes impact global manufacturing and supply chains?  

Getting the Infrastructure Spend Right

Infrastructure will be central to the recovery effort globally. How do policymakers leverage the spend and use this opportunity to make strategic and resilient investments? 


The Big Picture for Canada

Tiff Macklem, Dean, Rotman School of Management

Kevin Page, President, Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy

Anne McLellan, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Toronto Star

Re-stitching the Social Safety Net

Hugh Segal, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy,

Queen’s University and Senior Advisor at Aird and

Berlis, LLP

Helaina Gaspard, Director of Governance and 

Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy

"Unpicking the Lockdown": Easing Out of Social Distancing

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby South

Moderated by Kevin Page, President of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.

Ian Mulheirn, Executive Director and Chief Economist of Renewing the Centre, Tony Blair Institute

Sam Alvis, Special Advisor on UK Policy, Tony Blair Institute

Hosted by Alex Paterson, Executive Director, Canada 2020

Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 Worldwide

Marco Simoni, President of the Human Technopole Foundation

Heather Boushey, President & CEO, The Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Justin Wolfers, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Hosted by Kevin Page, President & CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies & Democracy

In Conversation with Jagmeet Singh

Sub-nationals: The politics of money and crisis management

Scott Pattison, Senior Fellow, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at uOttawa, Principle, Pattison Strategies

Dan White, Director of Public Sector Research, Moody’s Analytics

SMEs: The Long Tail of Small Business Recovery

Michael Denham, President and CEO, BDC

Rodney MacDonald, VP, Corporate Affairs and Global Public Policy, Intuit

Dr. Sandip Lalli,  President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

JP Gladu, former President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Moderated by Susan Smith, co-founder of Canada 2020

Restarting Canada’s Economy

Linda NazarethPrincipal, Relentless Economics

The Hon. Scott BrisonVice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO

Rick AndersonPrincipal, Earnscliffe

Kevin Page, President & CEO, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa

Emerging from the COVID Crisis:

In Conversation with Lodewijk Asscher

Lodewijk Asscher, leader of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) and former Deputy Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Matt Browne, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and founder of Global Progress

The Governance Gap

Mitchell O'Brien, consultant working with the World Bank, and resident Research Fellow, Democracy Coalition Project

Helaina Gaspard, Director of Governance and Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy

In-conversation with the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin and the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown

Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Sub-nationals: The Pivot from Crisis to Recovery

Dannel Malloy, former governor of Connecticut

Alison Redford, former premier of Alberta

Gordon Campbell, former premier of British Columbia

In Conversation with David Miliband

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

Matt Browne, founder of Global Progress and Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress

Dealing with Global Debt

The Hon. Ralph Goodale, former Canadian Finance Minister

Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance,

Institute of International Finance

William White, Senior Fellow with the C D Howe Institute

Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rural Canada and Healthcare Delivery

Hon. Brian Gallant, former Premier of New Brunswick

Tracy Zambory, President of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

Dr. Tom McIntosh, Professor at the University of Regina

Moderated by Jodi Butts, Corporate Director, Lawyer & Health

Policy Advisor

In Conversation with Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark

Matt Browne, Founder of Global Progress and Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress



Individual action matters.

As we start to think about recovery in the near future, collective action and individual choices made now will have an impact on what that recovery looks like. 

Prevent the spread by following the expert guidance of public health officials, and stay informed of the latest directives.

Follow Public Health Guidelines


Self monitor, self isolate, and practice physical distancing to protect the most vulnerable among us. 

Help Your Community

Support small businesses, and if in your capacity, support organizations like food banks, health charities and organizations working to lessen the impact of COVID-19.

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