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Atlantic Canada Prosperity

— Jan 3, 2024
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Educational Attainment, Migration, and Provincial Spending on Universities in Canada

Educational Attainment, Migration, and Provincial Spending on Universities in Canada is a new study that finds higher university subsidies do not necessarily result in a more educated population, finding that interprovincial migration seems to be a more important factor, as it allows university students educated and paid for in one province to move to another after graduation, effectively transferring the provincial investment with them.

— Dec 12, 2023
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Generosity in Canada: The 2023 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada: The 2023 Generosity Index is a new study that finds the percentage of Canadian tax filers donating to charity during the 2021 tax year—just 17.7 per cent—is the lowest proportion of Canadians donating since at least 2001, with Manitoba having had the highest percentage of tax filers that donated to charity among the provinces (19.7 per cent) during the 2021 tax year while New Brunswick had the lowest (15.4 per cent).

— Dec 7, 2023
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2023 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2023 is an annual survey of physicians across Canada, finding a median wait time of 27.7 weeks—the longest ever recorded—with national wait times longest between a referral by a GP and plastic, orthopaedic, and neurosurgery, while shortest for radiation and medical oncology treatments.

— Oct 17, 2023
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Comparing Median Employment Incomes in Atlantic Canada and New England Metropolitan Areas measures median employment income in 20 metropolitan areas in Atlantic Canada and New England (from 2010-2019), finding that most major urban areas in Atlantic Canada underperformed compared to the neighbouring region.

— Sep 7, 2023
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The Forgotten Demographic: Assessing the Possible Benefits and Serious Cost of COVID-19 School Closures on Canadian Children is a new study that finds prolonged COVID school closures imposed across Canada from 2020 to 2022 will impose life-long costs on affected children, despite evidence available to policymakers early on that closures wouldn’t slow the transmission of COVID-19, including learning loss, increased inequality, and a spike in mental health problems.

— Sep 1, 2023
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Public and Private Sector Job Growth in the Provinces during the COVID-19 Era finds that from February 2020 to June 2023, in all ten provinces, the rate of job growth was faster in the government sector (including federal, provincial and municipal) than in the private sector (including the self-employed). Nationally, the number of government-sector jobs increased 11.8 per cent over that time period, while the number of private sector jobs increased only 3.3 per cent.

— Aug 10, 2023
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New Brunswick’s Divergent Finances: A Possible Opportunity for Tax Reduction

New Brunswick’s Divergent Finances: A Possible Opportunity for Tax Reduction finds that as a result of the New Brunswick government’s recent spending restraint, the province is now positioned to introduce meaningful tax relief, which if current government revenue and spending growth continues, could reach over $3,600 per taxpayer by 2032/33 without jeopardizing the province’s balanced budget.

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