- On Tax Freedom Day, the average Canadian family has
earned enough money to pay the taxes imposed on it by the
three levels of government: federal, provincial, and
- In 2009, Canadians celebrate Tax Freedom Day on June 6,
which means that Canadians will work until June 5 to pay the
total tax bill imposed on them by all levels of
- Tax Freedom Day in 2009 arrives three days earlier than
in 2008, when it fell on June 9.
- Tax Freedom Day came earlier in 2009 than 2008 due to
some minor tax relief. However, much of the decline had
nothing to do with tax reduction by either the federal or
provincial governments. Given the progressive nature of the
Canadian tax system, when the economy slows and incomes
stagnate or decline, the tax burden of affected families
tends to be reduced to a greater extent than their
- The latest Tax Freedom Day in Canadian history was in
2000, when it fell on June 24; this is almost two months
later than in 1961, the earliest year for which the
calculation has been made. Since 2005, Tax Freedom Day for
the average Canadian family has steadily decreased.
- In 2009, the average Canadian family earned $88,432 in
income and paid a total of $37,699 in taxes (42.6
- Tax Freedom Day for each province varies according to the
extent of the provincially levied tax burden. The earliest
provincial Tax Freedom Day fell on May 16 in Alberta.
- If, instead of financing their expenditures by deficits,
Canadian governments had simply increased tax rates to
balance their budgets, the average Canadian family would have
to work until June 24 to pay their tax bill. Put differently,
the Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day arrives on June 25, 19
days later than Tax Freedom Day.