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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.

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...
Modernizing Business Taxation
May 31, 2016 - Robin Boadway and Jean-François Tremblay
The Canadian corporate income tax system has a number of problems that call for fundamental reforms, starting with rethinking the main role of the system, according to a report from the C.D. Howe...
Controlling the Public Purse: The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2016
April 11, 2016 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson
Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments have cumulatively spent $69 billion more than budgeted over the past 15 years, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Controlling...
Robson, Busby, and Omran - Show us the Budget Numbers!
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson, Colin Busby, and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Finance Ministers Date: May 24, 2017 Re: Show us the Numbers! Budgets Should Put Headline Revenue and Spending Up Front. The spring...
Rosalie Wyonch - Ontario’s Balanced Budget Doesn’t Make for a Sustainable Fiscal Track
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch To: Concerned citizens of Ontario Date: April 28, 2017 Re: Ontario’s Balanced Budget Doesn’t Make for a Sustainable Fiscal Track A highlight of this week's Ontario budget was its...
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....
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 «...
02 Mar 2017
Mar
02
  • 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
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  • 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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