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Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States: 2017 Edition

Measuring Labour Markets in Canada and the United States, 2017 finds that, overall, Canadian labour markets are being outperformed by their American counterparts with all but two Canadian provinces—Saskatchewan (15th) and B.C. (17th)—ranked in the bottom half of the 60 jurisdictions on the index.

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Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Election on Uncertainty in British Columbia

Measuring the Impact of the 2017 Election on Uncertainty in British Columbia finds that the tenuous nature of the recent provincial election in British Columbia has increased political and policy uncertainty to the highest levels since 2009, which could drive away business investment and slow the economy.

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Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2017 finds that last year the average Canadian family paid twice as much of their income in taxes (42.5 per cent) as they did for housing (22.1 per cent). The annual study tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian household from 1961 to 2016, and looks at both visible and hidden taxes that families pay to the federal, provincial and local governments, including income, payroll, sales, property, health, fuel and alcohol taxes, and more.

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Should Equalization Keep On Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity

Should Equalization Keep on Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity? finds that, as traditional “have” provinces struggle economically, Canada’s equalization program is not equipped to adapt to the country’s new economic landscape. In fact, a rule introduced to cap equalization increases to ensure program affordability could actually add as much as $2.7 billion to program costs over the next two years.

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Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada

Interest Rates and Mortgage Borrowing Power in Canada finds that the ability of Canadians to borrow for a home has increased 126 per cent over the past two decades because of declining interest rates and rising incomes, likely driving up prices.

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The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada

The Fate of NAFTA: Possible Scenarios and their Implications for Canada finds that Canada may have to eliminate protectionist policies aimed at key Canadian industries to successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in upcoming trade talks—and that could be good news for the Canadian economy in the longer-run.

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Rae Days in Alberta: The Notley Government at Two Years

Rae Days in Alberta: The Notley Government at Two Years finds that Alberta’s NDP government under Premier Rachel Notley is following the failed policies of Bob Rae’s NDP government in Ontario in the 1990s rather than the successful NDP government of Roy Romanow in Saskatchewan.