Canada Budget

These Retail Tricks Are Designed To Make You Spend More

Avraham Byers | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Business
Avraham Byers

Retail marketing scientists have mastered the art of seduction. They make a living by influencing your purchasing decisions and, on occasion, roping you into buying something you really don't need.

Women (And Children) Still Missing From Toronto's Budget

Kristyn Wong-Tam | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Politics
Kristyn Wong-Tam

If gender-based analysis was actually incorporated in the development of the capital budget, staff recommendations would certainly have gone against overpriced infrastructure destined to serve mostly male, car-focused commuters and do more to assist Toronto's vulnerable residents, who are mostly racialized, newcomer, poor families including women and children living in far flung suburban neighbourhoods.

The Cost Of Love: Student Edition

Laura Plant | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada
Laura Plant

Ahh, Valentine's Day. While some love it and some hate it, there is no question that there seems to be pressure to do something extra special for your...

9 Food Storage Tips To Help You Save Money

Jamie Logie | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

This is the time of year people tend to scrimp a bit more and in conjunction with people setting health goals for the new year, I wanted to pass on some money-saving tips. These tips, however, are not food shopping or coupon saving ideas but how to save money once you've brought that food home.

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Canadian Foreign-Aid Spending So Low It's A 'Potential Tragedy': Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Politics

"This situation is not the Trudeau government’s fault."

The Snowball Method Can Help You Put Your Debt On Ice

Avraham Byers | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Business
Avraham Byers

If I gave you $500 a month to put towards your debt, what's the best way to use it? Should you chisel away at the debts with highest interest rate? Or knock off the smaller ones first? The answer might surprise you.

Canadians Didn't Sign Up For Trudeau's Scandals And Bad Policies

Luke Rebello | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Luke Rebello

The Liberal party has a history of fiscal irresponsibility and running large deficits, but this Liberal government has started a trend of breaking major campaign promises.

Bringing Mindfulness To Your Money

Laura Plant | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada
Laura Plant

I did not start out as a budgeting super star. I made lots of mistakes along the way. But once I got the hang of it, I was hooked. I loved the process...

The Real Cost Of Holiday Spending Is Even Higher Than You Think

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

When we think about holiday spending, often our thoughts turn to how much we will be spending on gifts for the kids, close friends and family. We migh...

Even With Low Interest Rates, Federal Deficits Are A Concern

Jasmin Guénette | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Business
Jasmin Guénette

The federal deficit is rising, far beyond the $10 billion projected in the Liberal's election platform. The stated purpose of running $130 billion of deficits over five years is to stimulate the Canadian economy, whose prospects for growth are deteriorating.

Liberals Unveil New Infrastructure Bank, But Details Are Hazy

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Politics

But the former parliamentary budget officer said it was "exciting."

Stay In The Black This Holiday Season

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Living
Jeffrey Schwartz

Instead of drawing a forgone conclusion that you'll spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just because it's the holidays -- let's find another way. No one likes the impending debt emergency in the new year. To avoid spending beyond your means, now is the perfect time to get your financial house in order and save for the holidays.

How To Keep Your Back To School Spending Under Control

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

There are plenty of hidden costs that come along with the back-to-school season, but at the same time we want to make sure our kids are prepared to hit the classroom. How can you manage your budget effectively?

Know The Difference Between Being Frugal And Just Plain Cheap

Steven Shehori | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Business
Steven Shehori

Bottom line: cheapness is about spending less, regardless of who's affected by your actions. This isn't a goal-driven characteristic -- it's an obnoxious personality trait that promotes immediate financial gain at the expense of others.

The Advantages Of Frozen Produce

Jamie Logie | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

You only use what you need at the time and the rest can remain frozen. If you think of how quickly produce spoils I'd be pretty sure you've thrown away your fair share of it over the years.

Premier Wynne Making Life Harder For Ontario Taxpayers

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over dining tables or dockside drinks was the state of the province and revelations from the past week of the conduct of Premier Kathleen Wynne. But where to begin?

8 Tropical-Feeling Canadian Escapes

Cheapflights.ca | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Travel
Cheapflights.ca

Planning a vacation to an idyllic tropical destination is never a bad idea, but it's not always feasible. Often, the further you go, the more you're likely to pay, but you don't have to leave the country to get the beachside escape you're craving -- you have more than enough options right at home.

Alberta's Budget Inspires, Newfoundland's Does Not

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

The NDP government of Rachel Notley is showing the rest of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador in particular, that when tough times hit, we look after each other. Across the country, the Liberal government of Dwight Ball is showing no such compassion, bringing in tax hikes and service cuts that hurt those with the lowest incomes most.

You Weren't Born To Pay Off Debt And Die

Cait Flanders | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Cait Flanders

What you don't have to do forever is live with debt. You don't have to spend every month calculating how much you can afford to put towards debt repayment, while continuing to use credit, and staying in the never-ending cycle of borrowing money and trying to pay it back. It's not an easy cycle to get out of; I know that firsthand.

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.

Liberals' Military Spending Delay Leaves Canada Vulnerable

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Canadian Forces will once again have to wait to receive new much-needed equipment. Whether it is new fighter aircraft, ships or vehicles, the federal budget has postponed more than $3.7 billion in military spending until 2020 -- or later. As a matter of fact, the latest federal budget is another slap to the Canadian Forces' face. Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the Liberals are postponing defence spending to figure out defence priorities.

How Starving Artists Can Create A Stable Income

David Lester | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
David Lester

All the tips on budgeting are based on people who get paid on a regular schedule, but if you're an actor, musician, etc., you'll get a chunk of change all at one time and then often have a dry spell. It's so easy to blow through the money that you get paid and then have nothing left for the few months that you're waiting for that next gig.

Government Won't Use Paid Ads For Federal Budget, Morneau Says

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics

But finance department officials said the government could still find a need to advertise aspects of the budget later on.

Budget's $3.4B Will Help, But Big Transit Improvements Are Years Away

CBC | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics

Among the biggest obstacles to ambitious efforts moving forward is a shortage of money at the local and provincial levels.