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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2016

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2016, rates 104 jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness. This year, Saskatchewan ranks as the top jurisdiction in the world, followed by Manitoba.

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Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016

Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016 finds that Canadian jurisdictions are competitive globally when it comes to approving exploratory mining permits, but some provinces are falling behind, and jurisdictions in the U.S., Australia and Scandinavia are more transparent and offer more certainty to miners in the permitting process.

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Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools 2017

Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools 2017 ranks 740 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools (as well as a small number of independent and First Nations schools) based on seven academic indicators from results of annual provincewide math and literacy tests.

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Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia's Carbon Tax

Examining the Revenue Neutrality of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax finds that the tax is no longer revenue neutral, and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period. These findings are especially important given the federal government’s requirement on the provinces to adopt a carbon pricing system by 2018, and the fact that proponents often tout B.C.’s carbon tax as a model to follow, in part because of its alleged revenue neutrality.

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Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools 2017

Report Card on British Columbia’s Elementary Schools 2017 ranks 956 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the annual provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment, administered for the B.C. Ministry of Education. The report card provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else: In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which schools are improving or falling  behind.

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Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada

Fiscal Consequences of Higher Spending on K-12 Public Schools in Canada finds that governments across Canada could have collectively saved $12.7 billion in 2013/14—and lessened their debt and deficit burdens—if they had restrained spending increases on public schools to changes in enrolment and overall prices (inflation) during the previous decade.

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A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017

A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017 tracks government spending and revenues from Confederation to the present and finds that, excluding wartime and recessions, the only time the federal government kicked off a deficit-spending spree and expanded the size and role of the federal government was in the mid-1960s and 1970s under prime ministers Lester Pearson and then Pierre Trudeau.

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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario, 2017

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario finds that government employees in Ontario—including federal, provincial and municipal workers—receive 13.4 per cent higher wages, on average, than comparable workers in the private sector and also enjoy much more generous non-wage benefits.