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The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada

The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada spotlights projected government spending on health care over the next two decades. It finds that, in every province, health care spending is expected to consume an increasing portion of total program spending  triggering higher taxes, larger deficits, reduced spending or some combination of these three.

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Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples

The Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Peoples: A Patchwork of Canadian Policies spotlights the legal duty to consult – a principle in Canadian law that obligates federal and provincial governments to consult Aboriginal peoples prior to making decisions that could affect Aboriginal or treaty rights. The study finds that the duty to consult has been implemented by provincial governments in different ways:  This has resulted in a patchwork of policies that can be difficult to navigate for Aboriginal people and for project proponents who are trying to advance development projects that cross provincial boundaries.

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Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada's Television Broadcasting Sector

Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada’s Television Broadcasting Sector finds that the low-cost methods of creating and distributing broadcasting content means that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) traditional policies to protect and subsidize Canadian content are increasingly unsustainable.

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Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2016

Report Card on Alberta’s Elementary Schools 2016 ranks 812 public, separate, francophone, private, and charter schools based on seven academic indicators derived from provincewide test results. In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which Alberta elementary schools have improved, or fallen behind, in terms of language arts, mathematics science and social studies over the past five years.

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Moving Targets: Re-estimating Federal Deficits and Debt-to-GDP

Given the government’s rapidly evolving deficit and debt targets, the study, Moving Targets: Re-estimating Federal Deficits and Debt-to-GDP through 2020/21, spotlights the federal government five-year budget plan and raises questions about the government’s fiscal targets. It finds that federal deficits could reach nearly $200 billion over the next five years along with a corresponding increase in the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio.

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Rates of Return for the Canada Pension Plan

Amid the ongoing debates about expanding the CPP, the study, Rates of Return for the Canada Pension Plan, calculates the rates of return Canadians can expect in return from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The study finds that, contrary to widely held public opinion, the CPP provides only a meager rate of return for most Canadian workers—especially younger workers.

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Child Care in Canada: Examining the Status Quo in 2015

Child Care in Canada: Examining the Status Quo in 2015 explores the wide range of government-funded childcare programs in Canada including daycare programs, cash benefits and tax deductions flowing to families with children. It finds that governments in Canada spent more than $25 billion on childcare in 2015.