Ontario Prosperity

— Jun 8, 2021
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Ford Government Fiscal Policy Approach Mirrors that of McGuinty and Wynne

Ford Government Fiscal Policy Approach Mirrors that of McGuinty and Wynne finds that the current Ontario government is continuing the fiscal approach of the previous Wynne and McGuinty governments, excluding emergency COVID spending. In fact, according to 2021 budget forecasts, over the next three years government spending (minus interest costs) will increase by a cumulative total of 8.5 per cent compared to 6.6 per cent from 2010 to 2012.

— Apr 27, 2021
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Measuring Ontario’s Regional Prosperity Gap

Measuring Ontario’s Regional Prosperity Gap is a new study that compares average incomes in Ontario, Quebec and eight American states in the Great Lakes region. It finds that in 2019, Ontario’s GDP per person trailed neighbouring Michigan by nearly $4,000, and in fact, Ontario lags the regional average GDP per person by $16,607, or 27.1 per cent.

— Mar 23, 2021
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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.

— Nov 24, 2020
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Economic Performance in Ontario CMAs: A National Comparative Perspective

Economic Performance in Ontario CMAs: A National Comparative Perspective is a new study that shows how urban centres in southwestern Ontario, including London and Windsor, fell from being amongst the most prosperous cities nationwide to the some of the least prosperous from 2000 to 2015, the latest year of available census data.

— Sep 8, 2020
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Bringing School Choice to Ontario

Bringing School Choice to Ontario is a new study that finds Ontario lacks the school choice for parents and children available to those in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, as well as 31 U.S. states and most Western European countries. Previous research has found that increased school choice better matches the needs and talents of students with improved programming and resources, and ultimately leads to better education outcomes.

— Aug 11, 2020
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Ontario Government Perpetuates Poor Electricity Policy

Ontario Government Perpetuates Poor Electricity Policy is a new study that examines the current Ontario government's inability to resolve the province’s long-running electricity problems. Crucially, government subsidies for electricity producers and consumers in Ontario makes it nearly impossible for Ontarians to determine the true costs of electricity since they are incurring costs both in their hydro bills and with their taxes.

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