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This research area concerns public institutions and rules governing decision-making in government or in government-supported organisations, affecting economic outcomes. It covers, for example, the role and governance of charities, federalism and urban governance issues, and questions of accountability and transparency in government.

Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments, 2017
April 25, 2017 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson
Alberta and New Brunswick come out on top in the Institute’s latest report card on government financial reporting, with Prince Edward Island trailing the pack. In Numbers You can Trust? The Fiscal...
Getting Real: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2017
Ottawa should set out a path back toward balance to inspire confidence among savers and investors, says the C.D. Howe Institute’s annual Shadow Federal Budget. In “Getting Real: A Shadow Federal...
Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of Federal Tax Concessions
February 16, 2017 - William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin
More than $16 billion of annual “tax expenditures” never show up on the federal government’s books, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hidden Spending: The Fiscal Impact of...
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...
Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities
October 12, 2016 - Zachary Spicer and Adam Found
For cities across Canada, amalgamation has produced few economies of scale and greatly undermined local autonomy, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Thinking Regionally: How...
Worse Than It Looks: The True Burden and Risks of Federal Employee Pension Plans
Ottawa’s unfunded liabilities for employee pensions stood at $269 billion at the end of the 2015 fiscal year, far larger than reported, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute study. In “Worse Than It...
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,...
Robson, Omran - Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Intelligence Memos
From: William Robson and Farah Omran To: Canada’s Finance Ministers Date: May 3, 2018 Re: Rating the Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments Canada’s senior governments tax and spend a...
Accounting tricks have no place in Ontario’s government: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
This week’s review of the Ontario government’s pre-election financial report from the provincial Auditor-General reconfirmed what The Globe and Mail reported last weekend: The government is using an...
25 Apr 2017
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  • Inside Access: Fiscal Accountability of Canada’s Senior Governments
Conference Call with Bill Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
24 Nov 2016
Nov
24
  • Inside Access: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada's Cities
Call with Bill Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute and Ben Dachis, Associate Director, Research, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
13 Oct 2016
Oct
13
  • Inside Access Call: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada's Cities by Thinking Regionally
Zachary Spicer, Assistant Professor, Brock University
Conference Call
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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