MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Burr, Catherine

Geographical Areas

Central Ontario, Southern Ontario


This paper examines whether the municipal corporate culture has adapted to Generation Y or whether Generation Y has assimilated into the municipal corporate culture. The conclusions presented are based on two surveys. The first survey was administered to municipal supervisors in Central and Southern Ontario to determine if their municipality has implemented the recommendations from the literature regarding the transition of Generation Y in the workforce, such as mentoring, feedback, and communication and the use of technology. The second survey was completed by Generation Y municipal employees in the same regions to determine their reaction to any workplace changes that are meant to accommodate their generational expectations. The findings reveal that a majority of the recommendations made in previous academic research have been implemented to adapt to Generation Y and Generation Y has reacted positively towards these changes.