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Generosity in Canada: The 2021 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada: The 2021 Generosity Index finds that the total amount donated to registered charities by Canadians in 2019—just 0.53 per cent of their income—is the second lowest amount since at least 2000. Moreover, the number of Canadians donating to charity—as a percentage of all tax filers—is at the lowest point in the past 20 years.

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The Outlook for Inflation and Its Links to Monetary Policy

The Outlook for Inflation and Its Links to Monetary Policy finds that, absent a change in policy at the Bank of Canada, higher inflation rates may persist even after the pandemic subsides due to several factors including the country's aging population.

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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Alberta

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Alberta is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in the province will increase by an estimated 5.6 per cent annually (on average) over the next 20 years, and as a result of Alberta’s changing demographics, the province may not balance its budget until at least 2040/41 unless it makes changes to its spending.

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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in the Prairies

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in the Prairies is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in Saskatchewan and Manitoba will increase by an estimated 5.4 per cent and 4.9 per cent annually (respectively, on average) over the next 20 years, and as a result of the provinces’ changing demographics, they may not balance their budgets until at least 2040/41 unless changes to spending are made.

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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Atlantic Canada

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in Atlantic Canada is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in the region will increase 4.2 per cent in New Brunswick, 4.7 per cent in Nova Scotia, 5.1 per cent in Newfoundland & Labrador, and 5.6 per cent in Prince Edward Island annually (on average) over the next 20 years. As a result of the region’s changing demographics, none may balance their budget until at least 2040/41 unless changes are made to spending.

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Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey 2021

The Canada-US Energy Sector Competitiveness Survey ranks 22 North American jurisdictions (17 states and five provinces and territories) based on policies affecting oil and gas investment. This year, no Canadian jurisdiction made the top ten. Investors flagged uncertainty concerning environmental regulations, regulatory duplication and inconsistencies, and the cost of regulatory compliance as major areas of concern in Canadian jurisdictions compared to US states.

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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in British Columbia

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in British Columbia is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in the province will increase by an estimated 4.2 per cent annually (on average) over the next 20 years, and as a result of British Columbia’s changing demographics, the province may not balance its budget until at least 2040 unless it makes changes to its spending.

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Tax and Expenditure Limitations for Canada’s Federal Government: A Primer

Tax and Expenditure Limitations for Canada’s Federal Government: A Primer is a new study that finds if the federal government had introduced more discipline on the growth in government spending beginning in 2015—even one that allowed for all the COVID emergency spending—the federal budget could have been balanced by 2025/26. Instead, the Parliamentary Budget Officer predicts it will be at least 2070 before the budget is balanced.