Research & Publications

One of the Centre’s principal goals is to produce research that can be used by local government professionals, non-governmental organizations, and the public. Policy Briefs and Research Reports are distributed on the university’s data repository, Scholarship@Western. Open data and data tools are made available through Ontario’s ScholarsPortal Dataverse.

Research Highlights

Research Reports

Municipal Resource Guide to Leading Practices in Cost Savings

Martin Horak, Andrew Sancton, Rachna Goswami, and Umera Ali

Ontario municipalities of all sizes face pressure to “do more with less.” Commissioned by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, this Resource Guide provides municipal officials with information about current leading practices in cost savings in small and mid-sized Ontario municipalities. 

In addition to 14 case studies, the Guide presents a reference compendium of 159 cost-savings recommendations from recent Municipal Service Delivery Reviews. The Guide is intended to serve as a source of ideas and inspiration for Ontario’s local officials as they seek to provide the best possible services to their residents in challenging fiscal times.

Policy Briefs

Coming soon.

Open Data

Canadian Longitudinal Tract Database

Zack Taylor and Jeff Allen

One of the most difficult tasks for users of the Canadian census is linking data across years. 

The Canadian Longitudinal Tract Database enables the spatial apportionment of Canadian census tract-level data from different census years to common geographic boundaries. This dataset contains the apportionment tables and associated documentation.