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Fiscal Explosion: Federal Spending on Indigenous  Programs, 2015–2022

Fiscal Explosion: Federal Spending on Indigenous Programs, 2015-2022 finds that since 2015 federal spending on Indigenous programs has skyrocketed from $12.4 billion to $24 billion—or by 94.3 per cent.

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Canadian Climate Policy and Its Implications for Electricity Grids

Canadian Climate Policy and its Implications for Electricity Grids is a new study that finds replacing coal-fired power in Canada with wind and solar (and building natural gas capacity as a backup source of power) would increase the costs of operating the electricity grid by between $16.8 billion and $33.7 billion a year, while reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 7.4 per cent. Crucially, the 7.4 per cent emissions reduction would fall short of the federal government’s target to be 40 per cent to 45 per cent below 2005 emissions levels by 2030.

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Less Ottawa, More Province, 2021

Less Ottawa, More Province, 2021: How Decentralized Federalism is Key to Health Care Reform is a new study that examines two of the most important ongoing public policy challenges facing Canada: the deterioration of government finances, and the comparative underperformance of our health care system. Fundamental reform of Canada’s health care system can be achieved by replicating changes made by the Chretien government in the 1990s when Ottawa removed strings to federal funding for welfare, providing the provinces with more autonomy and flexibility.

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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: Updated 2021 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, Updated 2021 Edition is a new study that analyzes program spending by prime minister since Confederation, and finds that in 2020/21, federal program spending is expected to reach a minimum of $13,032 (inflation adjusted), which is 34.8 per cent higher than in 2019, pre-COVID, and 42.4 per cent higher than the level of spending recorded during 2009, a pronounced global recession.

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The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors: Evidence from Financial Metrics

The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors finds that Canada’s unfavourable business environment—which includes higher taxes, more regulation and lack of pipeline capacity—will likely continue to help divert oil and gas investments from Canada to the United States.

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Does the Canada Child Benefit Actually Reduce Child Poverty?

Does the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Actually Reduce Child Poverty? is a new study that finds the Canada Child Benefit is less effective than the government claims at lifting children out of poverty due to a lack of targeting. In fact, despite spending an additional $5.6 billion in 2019-20, the new Canada Child Benefit only moved an estimated 90,900 children above Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off, a key measure of low-income.

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Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada: Lessons on Public-Private Collaboration from Four Countries with Universal Health Care

Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada is a new study that compares Canada to other high-income countries—Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden—with older populations that have leveraged collaboration between the public and private sectors to better meet the needs of their elderly population, granting them more autonomy and freedom to organize their own care as they see fit.

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Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation

Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation is a new study that examines how economic growth and business investment have been faltering in Canada. The study finds that Canada’s economic growth (measured by GDP, adjusted for inflation) over the past decade was the slowest since the 1930s, stalling productivity and hampering the country’s ability to encourage innovation or new business start-ups.