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Fiscal and Tax Policy

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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.

Blown Budgets: Canada’s Senior Governments Need Better Fiscal Controls
May 10, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Over the past 15 years, Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments have regularly missed budget spending and revenue targets, with spending overshoots of $69 billion combined. The new...
The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
May 1, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a lot, but don’t consistently tell us what they are doing, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal...
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...
Benjamin Dachis -  A Lower Ontario Corporate Tax as the Catalyst for Broad Tax Reform
Intelligence Memos
From: Benjamin Dachis To: The Incoming Ontario Minister of Finance cc: The Hon. Bill Morneau, federal Minister of Finance and all provincial ministers of finance Date: June 11, 2018 Re: A Lower...
Laurin, Omran - Insurance Premium Taxation is Archaic and Counterproductive
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin and Farah Omran To: Canadian Ministers of Finance Date: May 28, 2018 Re: Insurance Premium Taxation is Archaic and Counterproductive With provincial elections looming in...
Robson, Omran - Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Finance Date: May 14, 2018 Re:  Fiscal Accountability – How to Improve Your Grades Our latest report on how well,...
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...
10 May 2018
May
10
  • Inside Access: The Numbers Game: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Conference Call with William B.P. Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute, and Farah Omran, Junior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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, and Peter van Dijk
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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