Canada Budget

Running Government Like a Business Means Looking Beyond Costs

Justin Beach | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

If we were running things "like a business," we would be doing something like a cost-benefit analysis. Somehow, we became obsessed with cost and swept the other half of the equation under the rug. Everything that government does, or does not do, has consequences that go beyond the number of tax dollars spent.

How to Design a Budget That Works for You

Andrew Tai | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

Perhaps all we really need is an ability to follow a proper budget. You may have one already but if it's not informing your financial decisions, then it's worthless. The sooner you admit that, the better.

How to Achieve Your Ideal Life

David Lester | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
David Lester

A great way to focus your money and efforts is to set solid goals for yourself. This time, instead of just writing down the same old stuff like going to the gym and reading more -- blow out your ideal life. Plato wrote about his theory on true forms and I've applied it to people's lives.

Keep a Money Diary and Become Better With Your Spending

David Lester | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

I have had a money diary for as long as I can remember. I like to write down things like new investment ideas, work ideas, my goals and net worth target for the year. When I'm on vacation I use my diary to write down everything that I want to see and what I've spent that day.

5 Tips to Stretch Your Dollar This Summer

Sandra Hanna | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With the unlucky loonie continuing to drop, Canadians are pinching their pennies and watching their savings. According to a recent survey from digital offers site RetailMeNot.ca, 73 per cent of Canadians are worried about the nation's economy. However, a little savvy spending will help to satisfy needs and wants.

Tories Shut Down Move To Get Oliver To Testify On Budget Claim

CBC | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Politics

A Conservative-dominated parliamentary committee voted against a process Monday that would have likely called on Finance Minister Joe Oliver to testif...

MPs Urge Committee To Give A Hoot About Deficit Forecast

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Last week, the parliamentary budget office released an analysis that showed Ottawa was headed for a $1-billion shortfall in 2015-16.

Don't Believe The Forecast, Canada's Budget Will Be Balanced: Oliver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Joe Oliver has re-affirmed his government's commitment to balance its books, two days after the federal budget watchdog w...

Newlyweds Need to Talk About Finances Beyond the Wedding

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Canadians are into the height of wedding season, and while brides and grooms may have carefully budgeted for the wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon, I worry that sometimes financial planning stops once the special day is done.

How to Resist the Summer Splurge

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

Let's face it -- as a nation, our collective summer starvation turns us into ravenous sun-worshippers, giddy and eager to soak up every moment. And for many of us, money proves no obstacle, even if it means going into debt.

What Would You Buy If You Had an Extra $50? $500? $5,000?

Cait Flanders | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Cait Flanders

Do you have a list of savings goals you're currently working towards? A running list of things you actually need to buy? Or were your answers impulsive - full of wants that would satisfy you in this moment rather than needs that could help you for awhile? The question sounds innocent enough. But the question is everything that's wrong with the money mindsets being instilled in us.

Oliver Tries To Woo Torontonians

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Finance Minister Joe Oliver used a speech Monday to tout the budget's tax-cutting measures despite criticism from the opposition that they d...

When it Comes to Government Budgets, a Lot of the Action Is "Underground"

Mark Milke | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

During this tax and budget time, let's consider two "tectonic realities" about governments and numbers -- helpful to think about, given that there is plenty of "underground" action. It explains why governments often get themselves (and taxpayers) into trouble later.

Oliver, CRA Clarify TFSA Change

CBC | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business

Canadians don't need to wait for the budget to be passed before taking advantage of the TFSA changes announced in it, officials at the Canada Rev...

Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.

5 Programs Promised Less Cash Than Canada's 150th Birthday Bash

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Politics

In two years, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. To mark the milestone, the government earmarked $210 million in its federal budget for “acti...

Harper Responds To 'Granddaughter' Remark: Meh

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper shrugged off controversy Wednesday over his finance minister's assertion that potential future problems created by his budget ...

Aglukkaq: Best Enviro-Friendly Budget Ever

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - No previous federal budget has ever done more for the environment than the one delivered this week by the Conservative government, according ...

Federal Budget Finally Turns Development Talk Into Action

Brett House | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Brett House

In the 2015 federal budget, the Canadian government announced its intention to create a $300-million initiative to encourage private investment, job creation and growth that will fight extreme poverty in developing countries. Canada is the last G7 country to create a public arm to support private investment in development. Some of our counterparts have been in this business for over 50 years, doing good and making money at the same time.This initiative looks even tardier when one considers that successive Canadian governments since the early Trudeau era have bandied about the idea of creating a public entity to catalyze more private capital for development.

Highlights From The 2015 Federal Budget

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Highlights of the 2015-16 federal budget introduced Tuesday by Finance Minister Joe Oliver:— The budget is balanced, with a projected surpl...

2 Key Concerns Of Immigrant Communities Addressed In Budget

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Two long-standing concerns among immigrants to Canada were addressed Tuesday in the federal budget, one about how they can do better here and...

11 Everyday Expenses You Can Reduce or Ditch Entirely

Andrew Tai | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

We spend money almost every single day, but unfortunately our expenses aren't always productive. Even if you have a seemingly air-tight budget, you may still be wasting your money on trifles. How so? Perhaps you are still paying for something that's on its way to becoming obsolete or simply isn't all that practical.

What Harper Giveth, The Provinces Taketh Away

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undoubtedly hoping that this year’s round of tax cuts and expanded family benefits will make Canadians feel richer ...

Alberta's Missed Heritage Fund Opportunity

Mark Milke | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Over the past decade, the province of Alberta treated boom-time resource revenues like a permanent state of affairs. That set the province up for fiscal failure, for multiple lost opportunities. One high-profile example is the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund.

Competition Bureau Accuses Avis, Budget Of False Advertising

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Competition Bureau has accused rental car companies Avis and Budget as well as their parent company of false or misleading advertising.Th...