Fraser Institute

Canadians Will Retire In Uncertainty If We Don't Act Now

Robert L. Brown | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

The Fraser Institute has argued recently that the federal government has failed to make a convincing case for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) expansion. But their viewpoint depends heavily on trying to determine how much income Canadians need to retire with dignity. So, do we really need an expanded CPP?

Over 45K Canadians Went Abroad For Medical Treatment In 2015: Study

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada

The study came just days after Donald Trump said Canadians go to the United States because of a "catastrophic'' Canadian system.

Who's Earning Minimum Wage? (Hint: Ontarians)

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business

Manufacturing's decline has taken a toll.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review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

Police Costs Continue To Soar Despite Falling Crime Rates

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada

Are Canadians getting a solid bang for their 13 billion bucks?

Alberta Is Underestimating Its Debt, Study Warns

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Alberta

Yikes.

Spending, Not Oil, Caused Alberta Budget Woes: Fraser Institute

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Alberta

The province is on track to post a record deficit.

Asking if Canadians Spend Too Much on Taxes Misses the Point

Michael Wolfson | Posted 10.08.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Wolfson

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics" is the well-worn phrase, but nothing better sums up the recent Fraser Institute scare mongering about taxes being the single largest budget item of Canadian households -- as catchy as the headlines may be, it is alarmist spin. Such biased economic exercises raise a fundamental question: Just what indicators should we be using to keep score on Canada's economic performance?

Canada Is 6th In The World For Human Freedom

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada

Study editor Fred McMahon says the goal of the index is to measure the degree to which people are free to enjoy classic civil liberties.

Government Jobs Outgrowing Private-Sector Jobs In Canada: Study

CP | Ian Bicks, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2016 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new report shows job growth in Canada's public sector far outpaced that in the private sector over a decade.A study released today by the ...

More Canadian Parents Choose To Home-School, Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Parents

A growing number of Canadian families are choosing to home-school their children, according to a new study from the Fraser Institute.

Be Good to Debt and Debt May Be Good to You

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Debt has been in the news a lot lately. The major news outlets in Canada are paying attention to our record-high household debt levels and are doing some fantastic reporting about the effects of oil prices, housing, health, divorce, and all the other factors that can damage a family's bottom line. Yet amid this rabble of expert voices and real Canadian tales of debt crisis, there was one lone dissenter.

No Need To Worry About Debt, Fraser Institute Says

CP | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Canadians are carrying record amounts of debt, but they are managing their finances prudently, according to a report by the Fraser Institut...

I Know Exactly How Christy Clark Can Improve Relations With B.C. Public School Teachers

Sarah Collins | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

You see, standardized test results don't paint a full picture. And neither do my words here. You'll just have to come see for yourself.

LOOK: Top Elementary Schools In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

50 schools showed significant improvement in the annual ranking that continues to be dominated by private institutions.

Fraser Institute: Income Tax System Getting Costly, Complex

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business

As Thursday’s tax filing deadline nears, many procrastinating Canadians are feeling the pressure to gather all their information and start crunching...

Disputed Land Claims The Greatest Deterrent To B.C. Mine Investment

Ravina Bains | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ravina Bains

If the government is serious about stimulating investor confidence in the mining sector, they need to address the land certainty question.

Why A Guaranteed Annual Income Is Unlikely to Solve Poverty

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

The risk is that a GAI would become just another program within a larger web of existing government programs. Some programs that target specific groups, particularly groups less able to work -- such as the severely disabled or the elderly -- may be difficult to consolidate into a single "one-size-fits-all" universal program like the GAI.

Sunny Freeman

Problems With A Minimum Income Are 'Insurmountable,' Report Argues

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Business

The idea of a minimum annual income for every Canadian could provide a more efficient alternative social safety net, but reform is an unlikely and unr...

These Provinces Can Expect More Unemployment, Less Investment and Lower Income

Mark Milke | Posted 12.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

By placing bans and moratoria on fracking, governments in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have essentially stopped pursuing socially and environmentally responsible onshore natural resource development, even though jobs and extra tax revenues are sorely needed in the region.

New Brunswick Ignores Neighbour's Energy Success

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant seems poised to follow through on a campaign promise to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. News reports suggest he'll implement that moratorium before Christmas. Quite a lump of coal for the people of his province in need of additional jobs and higher incomes.

The Real Reason Canadians Pay Higher Prices Than Americans For the Same Products

Mark Milke | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The United States and Canada do not allow for full competition, but Americans benefit from a bigger market given their much larger population. Thus, a continental market in airline travel would serve passengers if an American airline could compete head-to-head with Canadian airlines on domestic routes. But the federal government won't allow it. The result? Higher airline fares in Canada.

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?