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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: Updated 2021 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, Updated 2021 Edition is a new study that analyzes program spending by prime minister since Confederation, and finds that in 2020/21, per-person spending reached $17,121—77.0 per cent higher than the previous highest level of per-person spending, which was recorded in 2019/20. In fact, the current federal government is on track to record the five highest levels of per-person spending in Canadian history.

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The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors: Evidence from Financial Metrics

The Investment Outlook for the Canadian and US Oil and Gas Sectors finds that Canada’s unfavourable business environment—which includes higher taxes, more regulation and lack of pipeline capacity—will likely continue to help divert oil and gas investments from Canada to the United States.

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Does the Canada Child Benefit Actually Reduce Child Poverty?

Does the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) Actually Reduce Child Poverty? is a new study that finds the Canada Child Benefit is less effective than the government claims at lifting children out of poverty due to a lack of targeting. In fact, despite spending an additional $5.6 billion in 2019-20, the new Canada Child Benefit only moved an estimated 90,900 children above Statistics Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off, a key measure of low-income.

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Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada: Lessons on Public-Private Collaboration from Four Countries with Universal Health Care

Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada is a new study that compares Canada to other high-income countries—Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden—with older populations that have leveraged collaboration between the public and private sectors to better meet the needs of their elderly population, granting them more autonomy and freedom to organize their own care as they see fit.

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Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation

Canada’s Faltering Business Dynamism and Lagging Innovation is a new study that examines how economic growth and business investment have been faltering in Canada. The study finds that Canada’s economic growth (measured by GDP, adjusted for inflation) over the past decade was the slowest since the 1930s, stalling productivity and hampering the country’s ability to encourage innovation or new business start-ups.

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An Assessment of Recent Economic Performance and Business Investment Growth in Ontario

An Assessment of Recent Economic Performance and Business Investment Growth in Ontario finds that the average rate of economic growth from 2000 to 2019 (excluding 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) was weaker in Ontario than it was in the other large Canadian provinces. In fact, Ontario’s rate of business investment growth over the same period was the third lowest in Canada ahead of just New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021 finds that a typical Canadian family with an average household income of $150,177 will pay $15,039 for public health care this year, and that health-care costs have increased 177.6 per cent since 1997 compared to a 109.9 per cent increase in average incomes.