Government Spending & Taxes

— Jan 19, 2021
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Correcting Common Misunderstandings about Capital Gains Taxes is a new study that finds Canadians earning less than $100,000 a year pay a much greater portion of capital gains taxes than many believe. In fact, the estimated share of capital gains taxes paid by those earning less than $100,000 a year is 38.4 per cent when the capital gain is excluded from income.

— Jan 5, 2021
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Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2021 Edition

Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2021 Edition finds that the spending in Canadian public schools is up 13 per cent, or $8.2 billion in nominal spending, since 2013/2014. After adjusting for inflation and changes in enrolment over the same five-year period, per-student spending on public schools increased in eight out of 10 provinces in Canada.

— Dec 3, 2020
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The Great Convergence: Measuring the Fiscal Gap Between “Have” and “Have-Not” Provinces

The Great Convergence: Measuring the Fiscal Capacity Gap Between “Have” and “Have-Not” Provinces is a new study that finds the gap between the ability of Canada’s richer and poorer provinces to raise revenues is shrinking rapidly. If Alberta’s fiscal capacity gap continues to shrink relative to the rest of Canada, the province could soon become eligible for equalization transfers, which would affect transfers to other so-called “have not” provinces.

— Dec 1, 2020
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An Evaluation of the Recent Performance of British Columbia’s Economy

An Evaluation of the Recent Performance of British Columbia’s Economy finds that any downturn in B.C.'s housing sector will have serious consequences for the provincial economy.

— Nov 26, 2020
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The Distribution of the Canada Child Benefit by Family Type and Income Level

The Distribution of the Canada Child Benefit by Family Type and Income Level, part three of an essay series on the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), finds that families with between $100,000 and $120,000 of annual household income received (on average) roughly the same increase in cash benefits from the new CCB program than families with less than $20,000 of income.

— Oct 27, 2020
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Financing the Canada Child Benefit

Financing the Canada Child Benefit, part two of an essay series on the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), finds that federal spending on benefits for eligible families with children through the CCB increased by 68.5 per cent from fiscal year 2014/15 to 2019/20—financed entirely by borrowing.

— Oct 15, 2020
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Does Canada Need a Wealth Tax?

Does Canada Need a Wealth Tax? is a new study that finds not only will implementing a wealth tax reduce Canada’s economic growth and recovery post-COVID, but that it is unnecessary as the wealth inequality gap is shrinking in Canada. A wealth tax in Canada would constrain economic growth by discouraging savings and investment, especially when wealth taxes are layered on top of existing taxes.

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