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Health and Grades: Nutrition Programs for Kids in Canada
February 12, 2019 - Rosalie Wyonch and Abby Sullivan

In many parts of Canada and around the globe, elementary and high-school students gain access to nutritious foods via school-based student nutrition programs. Funded by governments, corporations,...

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...

Tax Options for Childcare that Encourage Work, Flexibility, Choice, Fairness and Quality
May 31, 2017 - Alexandre Laurin and Kevin Milligan

A new approach to childcare tax breaks is needed in order to relieve the financial stress caused by the increasing costs of raising young children, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute...

Don’t Forget the Kids: How Immigrant Policy Can Help Immigrants' Children
May 14, 2014 - Colin Busby and Miles Corak

Current immigration policies overlook the unique challenges faced by immigrant children, resulting in higher dropout rates for those arriving in Canada as teenagers, according to a new C.D. Howe...

October 4, 2011 - Alexandre Laurin and Jonathan R. Kesselman

A federal proposal to allow income splitting for two-parent families would create more inequalities in the tax system rather than less, and it is a flawed idea, according to a report released...

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...
Robson, Laurin - Measuring Education and Reforming EI
Intelligence Memos
To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance From: William B.P. Robson and Alexandre Laurin Date: February 13, 2019 Re: Measuring Education and Reforming EI The C.D. Howe Institute’s Shadow...
Alexandre Laurin - Ottawa Wins from Ontario’s Proposed Childcare Rebate
Intelligence Memos
From: Alexandre Laurin To: The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance Date: January 16, 2019 Re: Ottawa Wins from Ontario’s Proposed Childcare Rebate The newly elected government in Ontario...
Santé et bonne scolarité : Les programmes d’alimentation saine au Canada
À plusieurs endroits au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde, les élèves du primaire et du secondaire ont accès à des aliments nutritifs par le biais de programmes de nutrition en milieu scolaire....
Réformer le financement des services de garde des enfants au Québec: oui, mais comment?
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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