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— Nov 1, 2022
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British Columbia's Growing Tax Competitiveness Problem

BC's Tax Competitiveness Problem is Growing over Time is a new study that finds British Columbia now has the 4th highest top Personal Income Tax (PIT) rate in Canada or the United States at 53.5 per cent—only 1.3 per cent lower than Newfoundland and Labrador, the highest rated jurisdiction in both the US and Canada.

— Sep 27, 2022
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Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools 2021

The Report Card on British Columbia’s Elementary Schools 2021, which ranks 927 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), suggests that every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.

— Aug 11, 2022
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Comparing per-Person Spending and Revenue in Metro Vancouver, 2009–2019

Comparing Per Person Spending and Revenue in Metro Vancouver, 2009-2019 is a new study that finds per-person spending has increased across all 17 Metro Vancouver municipalities by 15.2 per cent between 2009 and 2019, after accounting for inflation. Not surprisingly, there is a connection between high spending municipalities and high tax municipalities, as West Vancouver, the highest spending municipality, was also the 2nd highest taxed municipality in 2019, and New Westminster and the City of Vancouver also ranked highly in both spending per person and per person revenues.

— Jan 11, 2022
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Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students

Worrying Trends in BC’s Testing of Grade 10 Students finds that in 2019/20 only 40 per cent of Grade 10 students in British Columbia scored proficient or above in numeracy and only 75 per cent scored proficient or above in literacy.

— Nov 23, 2021
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The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in British Columbia

The Implications of an Aging Population for Government Finances in British Columbia is a new study that finds health-care expenditures in the province will increase by an estimated 4.2 per cent annually (on average) over the next 20 years, and as a result of British Columbia’s changing demographics, the province may not balance its budget until at least 2040 unless it makes changes to its spending.

— Feb 18, 2021
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The Outlook for Growth in British Columbia’s Private Sector

The Outlook for Growth in British Columbia’s Private Sector finds that if governments in B.C. want to attract more tech companies and encourage entrepreneurship, they must implement significant policy changes to make the province more attractive to entrepreneurs and high-skilled workers.

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