About the C.D. Howe Institute

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada's most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.

Get the App

Fiscal and Tax Policy


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.

Less Debt, More Growth: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2019
February 7, 2019 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
February 7 – Ottawa should spur growth through better tax competitiveness and get back into the black by curbing overspending, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Less...
Intergenerational Fairness: Will Our Kids Live Better than We Do?
January 24, 2019 - Parisa Mahboubi
Today’s youngest and future generations will face very high net tax burdens: higher than those of any other generations, especially those born from the mid-1950s to the 1990s, says a new report from...
Mothers at Work: The Fiscal Implications of the Ontario Childcare Rebate
January 10, 2019 - Jacob Kim and Alexandre Laurin
January 10, 2019—The Ontario government's proposed childcare rebate will offer working mothers relief and create a windfall of tax revenues for the federal government, according to a new report from...
Wild Numbers: Getting Better Fiscal Accountability in Canada's Municipalities
December 13, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Canada’s municipalities are routinely missing the spending targets in their budgets by large amounts, undermining the ability of voters to hold them accountable, according to a new study from the C.D...
Business Tax Burdens in Canada's Major Cities: The 2018 Report Card
December 11, 2018 - Peter Tomlinson and Adam Found
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 2018 Report Card” authors...
Show Us the Numbers: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities
November 13, 2018 - William B.P. Robson and Farah Omran
Baffling financial presentations hamper councillors, ratepayers and voters seeking to hold municipal governments to account, says a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Show Us the Numbers:...
Canada’s youngest generations bear the largest tax burden - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
We already know that Canada’s population aging will drag down government revenue and blow up social and health spending, but its long-term impact on fiscal sustainability and intergenerational...
Koeppl, Kronick - Three Questions About Open Banking
Intelligence Memos
To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance From: Thorsten Koeppl and Jeremy M. Kronick Date: February 19, 2019 Re: Three Questions About Open Banking The deadline for your department’s...
William B.P. Robson - Legislating fiscal accountability & transparency – what might work?
Intelligence Memos
To: Ontario MPPs From: William B.P. Robson Date: February 15, 2019 Re: Legislating fiscal accountability and transparency – what might work? The government of Ontario’s fiscal position is not healthy...
L’équité intergénérationnelle : Nos enfants auront-ils une meilleure vie que nous?
Les générations les plus jeunes et futures sont confrontées à des fardeaux fiscaux nets très élevés : plus élevés que ceux de toutes autres générations, spécialement ceux nés entre le milieu des...
Le défi budgétaire de la population vieillissante : planifier les coûts des soins de santé au Québec
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
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...
14 Feb 2019
  • Inside Access: Less Debt, More Growth - A Shadow Federal Budget for 2019
Exclusive Members Only Call with authors Bill Robson and Alexandre Laurin
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
25 Oct 2018
  • Bob Hamilton, Commissioner, Canada Revenue Agency
Roundtable Luncheon
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Sponsored by:
11 Oct 2018
  • Inside Access: Piling On - How Provincial Taxation of Insurance Premiums Costs Consumers
An exclusive members only call with author Alexandre Laurin and Farah Omran
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
© 2019 C.D. Howe Institute. All Rights Reserved.
© 2019 C.D. Howe Institute. All Rights Reserved.