Economic Development Research

“Evaluation cannot be complete without economic development”

Johnston Research is recognized as an expert on research and best practices on economic development approaches and investments for Indigenous people in Canada. Through our amassed evaluation experience over 20 plus years, we have learned first-hand the various economic successes and challenges communities are experiencing.  We evaluated the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Business Corporation (MMS) in 2014. The Mi’gmaq leadership of the Gespeg, Gesgapegiag and Listuguj communities mandated the MMS to engage the wind power industry.This was a green energy project with an investment capital of over $4 Billion CAD, thousands of employment opportunities and 1,169 wind turbines generating 1,838 MW of energy. Through our help, MMS successfully secured over 100 positions for their band members in the wind power industry. We have also analyzed the success factors of housing trusts in affordable housing, Elders steering economic development in the forestry industry, land-base agreements, and economic assessment of loss and legal implications for on-reserve shelters. In 2016, we completed a summative evaluation of the 2014–2016 fiscal year expenditures for the First Nation – Municipal Community Infrastructure Partnership Program (CIPP) for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The evaluation concluded that CIPP provides a unique opportunity of support and tools in the development of water and sewage services sharing agreements, that also took-on a deeper role in establishing long-term sustainable community-based relationships. Since then, we have been offered to conduct economic development policy research with INAC.

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