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Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector

Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector finds that Ontario’s rising electricity prices—now the highest in Canada—have cost the province an estimated 74,881 manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession.

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Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries

Business Investment in Canada Falls Far Behind Other Industrialized Countries finds that Canada trails other developed countries when it comes to levels of business investment, which is critical to grow the economy and increase living standards. In fact, Canada is 16th out of 17 developed countries when it comes to business investment as a share of GDP, and 15th of 17 for business investment per worker.

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Uninsured Mortgage Regulation: From Corporate Governance to Prescription

Uninsured Mortgage Regulation: From Corporate Governance to Prescription finds that requiring a stress test for Canadians who provide at least a 20 per cent down payment to purchase a home—a change proposed by the country’s financial regulator—is an unnecessary step that could negatively affect homebuyers across Canada and do more harm than good.

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Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017

The Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017 rates 274 public, independent, separate and charter schools based on eight academic indicators generated from Grade 12 provincewide testing, grade-to-grade transition and graduation rates. 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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The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in

The Top Ten Uncertainties of Aboriginal Title after Tsilhqot’in finds that the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2014 ruling in the Tsilhqot’in Nation case has made it unclear how First Nations can use and develop their own land, threatening the potential for economic prosperity.

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The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada

The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada is a new, comprehensive catalogue of the different regulations and funding arrangements governing every independent school in Canada. Only five provinces—B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec—provide partial funding to independent schools for operating costs ranging from 35 to 80 per cent per student, depending on the type of school and the degree to which it meets certain provincial regulations.

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Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas: size of government, legal structure and security of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation of credit, labour and business. This year’s report compares 159 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking, which is based on 2015 data, Hong Kong is again number one, Canada dropped to 11th from the 5th spot last year and is tied with the United States.

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Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families

Measuring the Impact of Federal Personal Income Tax Changes on Middle Income Canadian Families finds that 81 per cent of middle-class families in Canada are paying higher income taxes due to changes made by the federal government. On average, middle-class families with children will pay $840 more in federal income taxes this year.