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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.

Fiscal Soundness and Economic Growth: An Economic Program for Ontario
March 21, 2018 - Benjamin Dachis
Ontario is on an unsustainable fiscal course, according to a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Fiscal Soundness and Economic Growth: An Economic Program for Ontario,” author Benjamin Dachis...
Righting the Course: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2018
Ottawa must think long-term, and restore confidence in the sustainability of fiscal policy while responding to sharper competitive pressure on trade and taxation, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s...
Two-Parent Families with Children: How Effective Tax Rates Affect Work Decisions
January 9, 2018 - Alexandre Laurin
Working parents with children—particularly low-income families— face prohibitive tax rates that discourage taking on extra employment to get ahead, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe...
Business Tax Burdens in Canada's Major Cities: The 2017 Report Card
December 6, 2017 - Adam Found and Peter Tomlinson
The best and worst major cities for business investment are identified in a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Business Tax Burdens in Canada’s Major Cities: The 2017 Report Card” authors...
Fuzzy Finances: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities
Canada’s major cities tend to understate revenue and spending, wait too long to release budgets, and confuse taxpayers with obscure figures in their financial reports, finds a new study from the C.D...
The Fiscal Implications of Canadians’ Working Longer
November 21, 2017 - William B.P. Robson, Colin Busby and Aaron Jacobs
Canada’s greying workforce will spell big fiscal trouble for future taxpayers, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “The Fiscal Implications of Canadians’ Working Longer,” authors...
Dachis, Kim - How Contracting Waste Services Can Lower Costs and Improve Performance
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis and Jacob Kim To: Toronto City Council Date: April 9, 2018 Re: How Contracting Waste Services can Lower Costs and Improve Performance After an unsuccessful push in early 2017 to...
Alexandre Laurin - Missed Opportunity: Ontario’s Free Child Care Unlikely to Produce Quebec’s Economic Boost
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin To: Concerned Ontarians Date: April 5, 2018 Re: Missed Opportunity: Ontario’s Free Child Care Unlikely to Produce Quebec’s Economic Boost Last week, two days before it tabled...
Alexadre Laurin -  Budget du Québec: le Fonds des générations nuit à la transparence
Intelligence Memos
A l’attention de: Carlos Leitão, Ministère des Finances du Québec De la part de: Alexandre Laurin Date: 3 avril, 2018 Objet: Budget du Québec: le Fonds des générations nuit à la transparence À...
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...
26 Apr 2018
Apr
26
  • Baffling Budgets: Federal/Provincial/Territorial Accountability
Roundtable Luncheon with Stephen LeClair, William B.P. Robson and Aaron Wudrick
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
25 Apr 2018
Apr
25
  • US Tax Reform and Canadian Competitiveness
Roundtable Luncheon with Dawn Desjardins, Brian Ernewein, Quyen Huynh, Brian Kingston and Peter van Dijk
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
21 Mar 2018
Mar
21
  • Inside Access: Fiscal Soundness and Economic Growth: An Economic Program for Ontario
Conference Call with Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:30 am

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