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This research area covers the impact of revenue-raising measures, fiscal balances and debts of governments, and the broad choices they make among major spending areas. It includes evaluating the ability of government policies, programs and agencies to deliver on their objectives.

Getting Real: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017
February 23, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Alexandre Laurin and Rosalie Wyonch
Ottawa should set out a path back toward balance to inspire confidence among savers and investors, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Getting Real: A Shadow Federal...
Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of...
Enduring Virtues: Saving and Investing as National Priorities in 2017
January 31, 2017 - William B.P. Robson
Sagging national saving, undermined by government deficits, threaten Canada’s future economic prosperity, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Enduring Virtues: Saving and...
Business Tax Burdens in Canada’s Major Cities: The 2016 Report Card
December 13, 2016 - Adam Found and Peter Tomlinson
Calgary is increasingly lagging behind Saskatoon, which has the most competitive overall business tax environment among the largest cities in each Canadian province, according to a new C.D. Howe...
What do the Different Measures of GDP Tell Us?
December 8, 2016 - Philip Cross
How one views GDP has important implications for policymaking, states a new working paper from the C.D. Howe Institute. In "What do the Different Measures of GDP Tell Us?", author Phillip Cross ...
Two Sets of Books at City Hall? Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Cities
November 24, 2016 - William B.P. Robson, Benjamin Dachis and Jennifer Y. Tsao
Annual budgets in most of Canada’s major cities are a mess – excluding key activities, using inconsistent accounting, burying crucial numbers where only experts can find them, and often voted well...
Saskatchewan Swallows the Fiscal Pill Alberta Refuses: Maclean's
Op-Ed
Alberta and Saskatchewan have budget problems. And they’ve had them for decades. Easy money from resource revenues provided roughly one-quarter of all provincial revenue only a few short years ago....
Rosalie Wyonch - Canada’s Investment in a Not So Innovative Skills Innovation Organization
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch To: Concerned Canadians Date: March 23, 2017 Re: Canada’s Investment in a Not So Innovative Skills Innovation Organization Yesterday’s “skills and innovation” federal budget (p....
Robson and Laurin - Budget 2017: High Deficit, High Debt, and a Missed Opportunity
Intelligence Memos
From: Alex Laurin and Bill Robson To: Concerned Canadians Date: March 22, 2017 Re: Budget 2017 - High Deficit, High Debt, and a Missed Opportunity Notwithstanding talk about an innovative future, the...
Le défi budgétaire de la population vieillissante : planifier les coûts des soins de santé au Québec
Research
Les Québécois traînent un fardeau fiscal évalué à 682 milliards de $, c.-à-d. les impôts additionnels qui devront être prélevés au cours du prochain demi-siècle pour faire face à l’augmentation des...
La gestion des coûts des soins de santé pour une population vieillissante : le défi fiscal que le Québec n’a pas encore relevé
Research
Les Québécois portent un lourd fardeau financier de 768 milliards de dollars – la facture d’impôt la plus élevée pour l’augmentation des dépenses de santé au cours du prochain demi-siècle – et...
Op-Ed
Publié dans Les Affaires le 22 Octobre 2012 Par Alexandre Laurin Le maintien de la contribution santé rendue «progressive» et financée par une légère hausse d'impôt, selon l'annonce du ministre des...
02 Mar 2017
Mar
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  • Inside Access: Smokes, Smugglers and Lost Tax Revenues
Conference Call with Anindya Sen, Professor, University of Waterloo
Conference Call
Thursday, March 2, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
23 Feb 2017
Feb
23
  • Inside Access: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, February 23, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
16 Feb 2017
Feb
16
  • Inside Access: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, February 16, 2017,
3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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