Parliamentary Budget Office

Raising Benefits For Military, RCMP Would Add $6B Liability: Watchdog

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics

A private member's bill calls for raising retirement benefit payments to surviving spouses and children.

Provincial, Muncipal Debt Can't Go On Like This, PBO Warns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Business

Sub-national debt is forecast to spike 200 per cent in the next 75 years.

Canada's Top-Earning Families Took Lion's Share Of Education Tax Credits

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business

Canada spends more on education than any other OECD country.

Extreme Weather Will Cost Feds Almost $1-Billion A Year: PBO

CP | John Ward, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

The report says storms, hurricanes and floods are driven in part by climate change.

Liberals' Tax Changes Will Cost More Than Advertised: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Business

The Liberal government’s plan to hike taxes on the rich while cutting taxes for some others will cost more than the Trudeau government has estimated...

Canadians May Be Facing A Debt Crisis By 2020: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Business

Canadians risk a debt crunch "beyond historical experience" when interest rates rise.

Deficits Will Be Billions Larger Than 'Optimistic' Forecasts, PBO Warns

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA — Canada's budget watchdog says the federal government's medium-term deficits will likely be billions of dollars higher than what was pre...

4 In 10 Canadian University Grads Now Underemployed: PBO

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business

Overqualification up among university grads, down among college grads Vast majority of underemployed came from three fields of study PBO sees ...

PBO Hands Trudeau Bad News On Economy, Deficit, Housing

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business

Economy to grow half as fast as earlier projected.

How Liberal, NDP Pledges Would Affect Budget Watchdog's Office

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Politics

Currently, federal finance officials keep their internal forecasts secret.

Book Excerpt: Unaccountable

Kevin Page | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin Page

My relationship with several key people in the Harper government was -- "interesting." But when I took the job as Canada's first parliamentary budget officer, I never envisioned the PBO as being involved in an "us versus them" dynamic. We were in our office to serve parliamentarians who had reasonable requests for costing or other fiscal information. But the relationship that had developed between our office and the ruling Conservative party was, to put it mildly, somewhat strained.

Ottawa Faces $5-Billion Shortfall Next Year: National Bank

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Business

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper was on the campaign trail Thursday touting what his government is calling a return to balanced budgets, but a new f...

These Unexpected Places Are Seeing A Boom In Foreign Workers

The Huffington Post Canada | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Business

The regions that saw the largest growth in the number of temporary foreign workers between 2002 and 2012 might come as a surprise. Maritime provin...

Tories Won't Slay Deficit This Year If Oil Prices Stay This Low: PBO

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - With a few strategic tweaks, the Harper government can still fulfil its promise to balance the books even as low oil prices blow a multibilli...

Budget Watchdog Warns Tories About Turning Surplus Into Tax Cuts

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog is urging Ottawa to proceed with caution if it decides to transform the country's expected surplus into new program ...

LOOK: This Is What's Wrong With EI And Canada's Job Market

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman and Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada Business

Canada’s employment insurance program has a surplus, which means employers and employees are contributing more to the fund than unemployed Canadians...

Aging Population Means Big Trouble For Provinces: PBO

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's provinces, territories and municipalities must make big policy changes if they want to rein in their public debt, the federal Parlia...

This Is How Many Jobs Will Be Lost To Tories' Austerity Measures

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal government may be able to finally eliminate the deficit as early as this current fiscal year, but the achievement will have come ...

Budget Watchdog's Report Tears Down Tory Argument

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog says there's little evidence of serious labour shortages or a skills mismatch problem in the country.The finding by ...

Budget Watchdog: Federal Spending Up Slightly

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Despite the death-to-the-deficit mantra being chanted by Conservative devotees, some economists say there is no real pressing need to balance...

Watchdog: Budget May Need Help To Meet Goal

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Harper government may need to depend on artificially high EI premiums, asset sales and spending restraint to balance the budget in time f...

Mystery Of Canada's Unspent Billions

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's budget watchdog is asking MPs to get to the bottom of why the Harper government is spending billions less than it budgets for, or Pa...

Stop Denying Our Veterans A Dignified Funeral

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Our veterans deserve better than this. A dated criterion, initially aimed at WWII and Korean veterans is sadly, becoming less relevant to the needs of the current day. The Conservatives must step up their efforts and remodel these criteria in order to cater to the real needs of our modern-day heroes.

Wait A Minute..

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The surprising revelation last week that Ottawa is almost $7 billion ahead of schedule for eliminating the deficit is attracting the scrutiny...

Tories Kill NDP Bid To Boost Watchdog's Power

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has nixed an attempt to give the federal budget watchdog more teeth.Conservatives on Wednesday killed a private member'...