Creating a Canadian Point of View


Economist Harold Innis rose to prominence thanks to his seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history. Over the first half of the 20th century, he developed a uniquely Canadian approach to his research, playing a key role in developing the “Staples Thesis,” which holds that Canada’s culture and economy were built on its deep dependence on natural-resource “staples” including fur and fish, wood and wheat, ore and oil.

When he led the University of Toronto’s political economy department, Innis strove to cultivate a culture of Canadian intellectual excellence and to reduce the country’s reliance on British and American social science scholars.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Harold Innis