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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...

The Regent Debate: Conrad Black - The Case against a Universal Basic Income
Intelligence Memos
In the C.D. Howe Institute’s inaugural Regent Debate four prominent voices sparred over the following question: Should Western democracies, such as Canada, establish a universal basic income? Today,...
What’s wrong with Ontario’s child-care plan - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Free licensed child care. It sounds like a parents’ dream. But look a little closer at the Government of Ontario’s recently announced plan to deliver free licensed child care for preschoolers, and...
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...
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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