COVID-19
— Aug 27, 2020
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Federal Government Wasting Billions on Poorly Targeted Assistance

Federal Government Wasting Billions on Poorly Targeted Assistance is a new study that finds the federal government is potentially wasting more than $22 billion in COVID recession spending because the money is not being adequately targeted to those in need. Crucially, more than one-in-four dollars (27.4 per cent) of the COVID-related spending included in the analysis is potentially going to Canadians with questionable need at a time when Ottawa is running a historic deficit.

— Aug 13, 2020
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The Issues Facing Canada's Employment Insurance Program

The Issues Facing Canada’s Employment Insurance Program is a new study that finds the current design of Canada’s employment insurance program creates regional disparities, distorts labour markets, provides inadequate coverage for part-time workers and the self-employed, and will impose a financial burden on Canadians.

— Jul 16, 2020
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Distribution of CERB: Estimating the Number of Eligible Young People Living with Parents

Distribution of CERB: Estimating the Number of Young People Eligible and Living with Parents finds that young people living at home with their parents in households with at least $100,000 of income are eligible for as much as $11.8 billion in Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) payments. Crucially, many of these young, dependent Canadians could actually see a significant increase in their monthly income by receiving CERB payments.

— Jun 25, 2020
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Is Fiscal Stimulus an Effective Policy Response to a Recession?

Is Fiscal Stimulus an Effective Policy Response to a Recession? finds that new government spending in response to the recession will likely have little effect on economic growth in Canada—but will produce more government debt.

— May 26, 2020
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Prime Ministers and Government Spending: Updated 2020 Edition

Prime Ministers and Government Spending, Updated 2020 Edition finds that total per-person spending in 2020 will reach $13,226, including $3,920 per Canadian in COVID-related spending. This represents a 46.6 per cent increase over the previous highest spending level reached in 2019 of $9,041. Crucially, 2020’s total program spending, after adjusting for inflation, is 50.7 per cent higher than per-person spending during the 2009 recession, and 74.5 per cent higher than the highest point of per-person spending during the Second World War.

— Apr 14, 2020
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COVID creating a backlog of cancelled elective surgeries in Canada

Treatable conditions may turn into more permanent debilitating conditions.

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