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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021 is a new study that finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $2.8 billion in lost wages and productivity last year. Crucially, the total median wait time in Canada for medical treatment was 22.6 weeks in 2020 - the longest in the survey’s 30-year history.

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Math Performance in Canada

Math Performance in Canada is a new study that finds students across Canada experienced declining results in international math tests from 2003 to 2018. According to PISA data over a recent 15-year period, Canada had the fifth highest score among 37 participant countries in 2003, but Canada’s score dropped to 12th place among the 78 participating jurisdictions in the most recent 2018 assessment.

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The Essential John Stuart Mill spotlights the famed English philosopher and economist whose views on liberty, individualism and women’s rights were well ahead of his time.

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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: 2021 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, 2021 Edition finds that the federal government is projected to spend $17,091 per Canadian in 2020/21—more than double what the government spent per person during the peak of the Second World War ($7,769) and nearly twice what was spent during the 2009 recession ($8,993). But even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Ottawa was already spending at record per person levels.

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Aging and Expenditures on Health Care

Aging and Expenditures on Health Care is a new study that finds Canadians over the age of 65, who are projected to make up 23.4 per cent of the population by 2040, will account for 71.4 per cent of total health care expenditures in that year. And in fact, health care spending is projected to grow by 88 per cent from 2019 to 2040 as a result of the growing number of Canadians aged 65 and older.

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Lessons for the Ford Government from the 1995 Federal Budget

Lessons for the Ford Government from the 1995 Federal Budget is a new study that finds Ontario’s provincial net debt will equal 47 per cent of the provincial economy by the end of this year, and highlights how the current government can return to budget balance following the example of the 1995 Chrétien government reforms.

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Estimated Impacts of a $170 Carbon Tax in Canada finds that the federal government’s plan to impose a $170 per tonne carbon tax by 2030 will result in 184,377 fewer jobs nationwide and cause a 1.8 per cent drop in Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which in 2019 would represent a loss to the economy of about $38 billion.

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The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, And Poverty in Canada

The Minimum Wage, Lost Jobs, and Poverty in Canada finds that, despite claims to the contrary, minimum wage increases do little to lower poverty rates and can actually hurt the very people they’re supposed to help.