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Nova Scotia Budget: Building faster to what?

The 2024 provincial budget leaves Nova Scotians out in the cold when it comes to cost of living and public services

Here’s a dime, get lost: Ontario’s message to universities and colleges

No province in Canada gives less funding per student to post-secondary institutions than Ontario

Ontario is dead last in program spending—again

For every dollar per person spent on programs in other provinces, Ontario spent 75 cents

Fall update: Ontario’s projected deficit is an accounting fiction

Ontario government is squirreling money away while public services suffer

Newfoundland’s Future Fund could be a major boost to the province

If managed properly, the sovereign wealth fund could help stabilize the economy for generations

Ontario cut real per capita spending by 3.6 per cent last year

“All sectors spent less than planned,” Financial Accountability Office says.

Balanced budget leaves Ontarians behind

It bears repeating—properly funded public services do more to improve Ontarians' lives than deficit reduction.

Nova Scotia Budget Leaves Many Nova Scotians Behind

This budget could have been so much more than it is. Let's break down how.

Sask. Budget 2023: One weird trick to underfund public services

Faced with a crisis in health care and underfunded schools, the government of Saskatchewan is using its huge surplus to pay down the deficit.

Ontario: Brutal underfunding punishes health and education

The government of Ontario is deliberately starving public services.

No strings attached

There’s more money on the table—but without adequate strings attached, the provinces could end up spending it on tax cuts instead of fixing health care.

Budget 2023: What if Ontario aimed to be average?

Imagine how much better things could be if Ontario just aimed to be average, rather than low, on public spending

Queen's Park is richer than it admits

The Ontario government is underestimating 2022-23 revenues by a whopping $10 billion. Rather than recording a predicted deficit, the province is on track to be in surplus territory by the spring.

Flush with cash

This is a remarkable story of economic recovery from the depths of the COVID-19 lockdown impacts. The next chapter will be written by the provinces as they decide what to do with their unexpected budget surpluses.

Ontario finances don’t justify attack on wages

Provincial revenues are up dramatically of late—Queen’s Park can afford to bargain fairly