Provincial Prosperity

— Mar 30, 2023
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Economic Performance in Southwestern Ontario’s CMAs: A National Perspective 2023 Update

Economic Performance in Southwestern Ontario’s CMAs: A National Perspective, 2023 Update of the 36 metropolitan areas in Canada covered by Statistics Canada, Windsor experienced the largest drop in its ranking for median household income—having the 11th highest median household income in Canada in 2005 to having the 33rd highest median household income in 2019. Similarly, London fell from 13th to 28th place.

— Feb 28, 2023
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Ontario Premiers and Provincial Government Spending

Ontario Premiers and Provincial Government Spending is a new study that reviews annual per-person program spending (inflation-adjusted) by Ontario premiers from 1965 to 2021, and finds that the highest single year of per-person spending on record was under Premier Doug Ford in 2020.

— Feb 14, 2023
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British Columbia Premiers and Provincial Government Spending

British Columbia Premiers and Provincial Government Spending is a new study that reviews annual per-person program spending (inflation-adjusted) by British Columbia premiers from 1965 to 2021, and finds that the highest single year of per-person spending on record was under Premier John Horgan in 2021, even excluding COVID-related spending.

— Feb 9, 2023
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Don’t Spend Away the Windfall: Better Options for Alberta’s Unexpected Revenues

Don’t Spend Away the Windfall: Better Options for Alberta’s Unexpected Revenues is a new study that finds when resource revenues have increased in the past, previous governments have increased spending, which led to sizeable deficits when resource revenues declined—making this an ample opportunity for Alberta to strengthen the province's finances and economy for the long-term.

— Jan 31, 2023
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Measuring British Columbia’s Prosperity Gap

Measuring British Columbia’s Prosperity Gap finds that, among eight peer jurisdictions (including Alberta and Washington State), B.C. in 2019 had the lowest median employment income, a key indicator of economic well-being.

— Jan 24, 2023
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Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario, 2023 Edition

Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Ontario, 2023 Edition finds that the wages of government employees in Ontario are 34.4 per cent higher, on average, than wages in the private sector in 2021, the most recent year of available comparable data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.

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