Provincial Prosperity

— Oct 17, 2017
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Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector

Rising Electricity Costs and Declining Employment in Ontario’s Manufacturing Sector finds that Ontario’s rising electricity prices—now the highest in Canada—have cost the province an estimated 74,881 manufacturing jobs since the 2008 recession.

— Oct 7, 2017
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Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017

The Report Card on Alberta’s High Schools 2017 rates 274 public, independent, separate and charter schools based on eight academic indicators generated from Grade 12 provincewide testing, grade-to-grade transition and graduation rates. The report card provides parents with information they can’t easily get anywhere else: In addition to five years of academic results, the report card shows which schools are improving or falling behind.

— Sep 19, 2017
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Ontario Enters Uncharted Waters with a $15 Minimum Wage

Ontario Enters Uncharted Waters with a $15 Minimum Wage finds that raising Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour—a staggering 32 per cent increase over the current minimum wage—will lead to job losses across the province for Ontario’s young and low-skilled workers, especially outside Toronto.

— Aug 29, 2017
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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.

— Aug 10, 2017
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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.

— Aug 3, 2017
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Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden

Wishful Thinking: An Analysis of Ontario’s Timeline for Shrinking Its Debt Burden finds that Queen’s Park’s timeline for reducing the province’s historically high debt burden relies on optimistic and questionable assumptions and lacks a detailed, credible plan to achieve it.