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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.

Tooling Up: Canada Needs More Robust Capital Investment
September 13, 2018 - William B.P. Robson, Jeremy Kronick and Jacob Kim
Weak business investment is a threat to Canada’s future prosperity, according to a new report published by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Tooling up: Canada Needs More Robust Capital Investment,”...
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...
William B.P. Robson - Ontario’s clean financial statements – a step forward for accountability
Intelligence Memos
From: William B.P. Robson To: Canada’s legislators and financial watchdogs Date: September 21, 2018 Re: Ontario’s clean financial statements – a step forward for accountability Ontario’s release...
Robson, Omran - We would sell foreigners more goods and services if we sold them less government debt
Intelligence Memos
From: Bill Robson and Farah Omran To: Canadians Worried about our Weak Trade Performance Date: September 6, 2018 Re: We would sell foreigners more goods and services if we sold them less government...
Rosalie Wyonch - Don’t Overtax Our Pot Producers
Intelligence Memos
To: The Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health From: Rosalie Wyonch Re: Don’t Overtax Our Pot Producers Date: July 20, 2018     Your department recently released a proposal to...
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...
25 Oct 2018
Oct
25
  • 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
03 Oct 2018
Oct
03
  • Provincial Taxation of Insurance Premiums: The Way Forward
Roundtable Luncheon with Alex Laurin, Jack Mintz and Sarah Noftell
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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

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