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Where Our Students are Educated 2017

Where Our Students are Educated: Measuring Student Enrolment in Canada, 2017 finds that, as a share of all K-12 students, enrolment increased at independent schools in all provinces and decreased for public schools everywhere from 2000/01 to 2014/15. Across Canada, the share of students enrolled in independent schools in 2014/15 ranged from 12.9 per cent in B.C. to 0.8 per cent in New Brunswick.

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Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada's Indigenous Population

Incentives, Identity, and the Growth of Canada’s Indigenous Population finds that Canada’s indigenous population increased by a staggering 275 per cent between 1986 and 2011—eight times faster than the general population—and is largely explained by so-called ethnic mobility as more and more Canadians start to identify as indigenous, and qualify for economic benefits.

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Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on BC Families

The Impact of Proposed NDP-Green Tax Changes on British Columbian Families finds that the average B.C. family’s tax bill would increase by $594 under an NDP-Green government, led mainly by a $482 increase in fuel and carbon taxes.

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This year Tax Freedom Day falls on June 9.  Tax Freedom Day measures the total yearly tax burden imposed on Canadian families by all levels of government:  If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government every dollar you earned before June 9. This year, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay $47,135 in total taxes or 43.4 per cent of its annual income.

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Race to the Bottom: Comparing the Recent Deficits of Alberta and Ontario finds that the Alberta government’s current string of budget deficits are 65 per cent larger, on a per person basis, than Ontario’s deficits following the 2009 recession, and Alberta—which was debt free until quite recently—is also catching up to Ontario’s per person debt levels.

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 Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care 2017

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2017 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $1.7 billion—or $1,759 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting jumps from $1.7 billion to $5.2 billion.

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Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools 2017

The Report Card on British Columbia’s Secondary Schools 2017 ranks 293 public and independent secondary schools based on seven academic indicators using student results from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade transition rates, and graduation rates.

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Prime Ministers and Government Spending

Prime Ministers and Government Spending: A Retrospective finds that this year, federal per person program spending under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nearly eclipsed the all-time high recorded during the 2009 recession. But unlike most marked increases in program spending over Canada's 150-year history, this year's historically high level of spending comes in the absence of a recession or war.