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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.

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...
Rethinking Limits on Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings in Canada
November 7, 2017 - William B.P. Robson
Ottawa should raise contribution limits for savers in RRSPs and defined-contribution plans, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In Rethinking Limits on Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings in...
Flying Below the Radar: The Harmful Impact of Ontario’s Business Property Tax
November 2, 2017 - Adam Found
Ontario should abolish its harmful business property tax to remove an invisible, heavy burden on business, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Flying Below the Radar: The Harmful...
A Question of Fairness: Time to Reconsider Income-Averaging Provisions
October 12, 2017 - Daniel V. Gordon and Jean-Francois Wen
Canadians face an unfair tax penalty on swings in their income from year to year, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In A Question of Fairness: Time to Reconsider Income...
Off Target: Assessing the Fairness of Ottawa’s Proposed Tax Reforms for “Passive” Investments in CCPCs
October 5, 2017 - Alexandre Laurin
Ottawa’s proposed changes for the tax treatment of income from passive investments in incorporated businesses will not achieve its goal of promoting fairness in the tax system, according to a report...
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...
Alexandre 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...
Tuer la poule aux oeufs d’or : Les impacts des hausses d’impôt proposées au Québec
Research
Le plan fiscal du nouveau gouvernement du Québec risque d’entraîner un manque à gagner annuel d’environ 800 millions $ pour le trésor québécois, soutient une nouvelle étude de l’Institut C.D. Howe...
Op-Ed
Publié dans La Presse le 1 Septembre, 2012 Par Alexandre Laurin S'il est élu, le Parti québécois prévoit ajouter deux nouveaux paliers d'imposition sur le revenu des contribuables les plus fortunés...
Réformer le financement des services de garde des enfants au Québec: oui, mais comment?
Research
Avec les élections au Québec qui approchent à grands pas, le financement des services de garde (et des services publics en général) risque d’être encore une fois au cœur des débats. Dans l’étude «...
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  • 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
27 Feb 2018
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  • Inside Access: Righting the Course: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2018
Conference Call with William Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute and Rosalie Wyonch, Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
21 Feb 2018
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  • Dr. Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Keeping Canada Tax-Competitive in the Era of President Trump
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

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