At First Policy Response, we connect policy-makers, researchers and the front line to build better economic and social policy solutions to the crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with these communities, we highlight the ideas we need for a sustainable and equitable recovery. We do this in four ways:

  • Sharing original analysis from diverse contributors:
    Canada needs policy ideas that will help with all aspects of COVID-19 recovery, and we believe the best way to get them is to hear from people with a multitude of perspectives.
  • Aggregating the best policy thinking from other institutions and publications:
    Think of us as your one-stop shop for COVID-19 policy research and updates. You can find them here on this website, on Twitter and in your email inbox with our Friday newsletter.
  • Convening communities online to expand the conversation:
    Policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and community members all have their own expertise to contribute. We gather them through regular video town halls, where we delve deeper into the issues and create a setting where these players can come together to find solutions.
  • Co-creating practical solutions:
    We work in a policy lab context with governments, researchers, public policy professionals and the front line to mobilize diverse evidence, experience and expertise in order to craft actionable policy and program solutions.
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Editorial Independence

While First Policy Response co-director Karim Bardeesy is running for political office in the next Ontario provincial election, he will recuse himself from any editorial responsibilities so that FPR can maintain its editorial independence. FPR remains non-partisan — as it has always been — and will continue to share policy ideas and opinions from across the political spectrum.

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Our Team

Karim Bardeesy

Founding Director

Matthew Mendelsohn

Founding Director

Sean Mullin

Founding Director

Seher Shafiq

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Founding Partners

Ryerson Leadership Lab

Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship