Provincial Prosperity

— Jan 16, 2020
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The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians

The Growing Debt Burden for Canadians finds that, since 2007/08, the year before the last recession, combined federal and provincial debt has grown from $837.0 billion to a projected $1.5 trillion in 2019/20. The study also breakdowns provincial debt burdens based on several different measures.

— Dec 12, 2019
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Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada: 2020 Edition

Education Spending in Public Schools in Canada, 2020 Edition finds that nominal spending on public schools across Canada has increased in every province in recent years. After adjusting for inflation and enrolment changes, per-student spending still increased in seven out of 10 provinces from 2012/13 to 2016/17, the most recent year of available Statistics Canada data.

— Dec 5, 2019
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What’s Changed, By How Much, and What Remains to be Done: An Analysis of Alberta’s Budget

What’s Changed, By How Much, and What Remains to be Done: An Analysis of Alberta’s Budget finds that the Alberta government’s plan to eliminate the provincial deficit by reducing program spending by 1.6 per cent over the next four years is less aggressive—both by timeline and by the amount of spending reductions—than previous successful deficit-reduction plans by other governments across Canada, including in Alberta, Saskatchewan and at the federal level.

— Nov 28, 2019
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario, 2019

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario finds that public-sector employees in Ontario—including municipal, provincial and federal government workers—received 10.3 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector last year, and also enjoyed more generous pensions, earlier retirement, more personal leave and greater job security.

— Nov 28, 2019
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in British Columbia, 2019

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in British Columbia finds that government employee wages in B.C. were 5.8 per cent higher (on average) than wages for comparable workers in the province’s private sector, and government employees also enjoy more generous benefits.

— Nov 26, 2019
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Alberta, 2019

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Alberta finds that public-sector employees in Alberta—including municipal, provincial and federal government workers—received 9.3 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector last year, and also enjoyed more generous pensions, earlier retirement, more personal leave and greater job security.

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