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Federal and provincial/territorial budget summaries --- taxation

Federal and provincial/territorial budget summaries (from a taxation point of view)

Tax Alerts from Ernst & Young for 2017-18 budgets
Budget highlights (4-5 pages for each jurisdiction, PDF format)
[The list below is presented in reverse chronological order, with the latest at the top. ]

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Federal and Provincial/Territorial Budgets for 2017--18 (as at April 17, 2017)


Yukon - 27 April 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No21.pdf

Nova Scotia - 27 April 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No20.pdf

Ontario - 27 April 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No19.pdf

Manitoba - April 11, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No17.pdf

Prince Edward Island - April 7, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No16.pdf

Newfoundland and Labrador- April 6, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No15.pdf

Québec - March 28, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No13.pdf

Canada - March 22, 2017
Five takeaways from the 2017 federal budget:$FILE/EY-federal-budget-industry-takeaways-en.pdf
March 22, 2017
Here are our key takeaways on innovation, infrastructure, investments, climate change and tax from the 2017 federal budget.

Saskatchewan - March 22, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No11.pdf

Alberta - March 16, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No07.pdf

British Columbia - February 21, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No05.pdf

New Brunswick - February 8, 2017$FILE/TaxAlert2017No04.pdf

Ontario Budget 2017 - April 27, 2017

Ontario Budget 2017 - April 27, 2017
- includes a summary of the key initiatives that are laid out in this year’s Budget
- also includes links to the budget in brief (see below)

2017 Ontario Budget : A Stronger, Healthier Ontario (PDF - 6MB, 330 pages)

The budget in brief

Budget 2017 home
Making life more affordable
Strengthening Health Care
Improving Education
Creating Opportunities
A balanced budget
Empowering women and girls

More on the Ontario Budget for 2017:

Government of Ontario


From the
Toronto Star:

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Welfare recipients see boost in asset limits in Ontario budget
The four-year $480 million investment will raise asset limits, boost exemptions for cash gifts and increase monthly benefits for more than 900,000 Ontarians who rely on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP.)

Related coverage in the Toronto Star:
(all dated April 27, 2017)

Ontario Liberals unveil balanced budget that features free youth pharmacare plan

Highlights from the 2017 Ontario budget

Winners and losers from the 2017 Ontario budget

A pre-pre-election budget to bolster Liberal fortunes: Cohn


Ontario Liberals unveil balanced budget that features free youth pharmacare plan:
Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Thursday tabled the first Ontario budget without a deficit since 2008 thanks to a growing economy.
April 27, 2017

Toronto Star


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Ontario Liberals unveil 2017 budget
Ontario's Liberal government has tabled its first balanced budget in a decade and it's chock full of new spending, with the provincial economy firing on all cylinders and an election campaign one year away.


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Federal Budget 2017 - March 22, 2017

Federal Budget 2017 - March 22, 2017

From the Government of Canada:

Budget Plan :
Budget Speech :
Fact Sheets :
The Fiscal Monitor for January 2017 :

Federal budget analysis
from Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
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Latest Media & Policy News: 24 March 2017
Top Stories – Federal Budget

Click the link above to access any media article in the list below.

Federal Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class:

Budget highlights:

Winners and losers of the 2017 federal budget:

The budget that could have been:
Money for child care is a good first step but not nearly enough:

Advocates praise budget’s $11.2 billion boost for affordable housing:

Housing ‘the largest single commitment’ in the budget, but funding falls short of need:

Transit users lose tax break on monthly passes in federal budget:

Liberals fall short with first gender-based federal budget:

Liberals defer major tax pledge in 2017 budget:

Budget provides some relief for precarious federally-regulated workers:

Federal budget vows $100 million for strategy on gender-based violence:

Budget pledges $5 billion for training and employment:


Organizational Responses:


ACORN Canada:

Assembly of First Nations:

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Canadian Federation of Students:

Canadians for Public Justice:

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada:

Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada:
CCPA’s list of other analyses and organizational responses:


Source: Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre
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Caledon Institute: The 2017 Farewell Budget:

Wellesley Institute: Housing in the 2017 federal budget: The Broad Picture:

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children:

Liberals 18-month parental leave a disservice to women, says critic:

Canada introduces 18-month parental leave, but what’s the catch?

First Nations housing advocate says federal budget ‘disappointing’:

For future gender budgets, we need good data at the intersections

Canada added 19,400 jobs in March, unemployment up slightly

Time to raise welfare rates: Debunking the BC government’s sorry excuses for inaction


Federal budget money for child care is a good first step but not nearly enough, advocates say
The amount available in the first five years is not enough to fund urgently-needed improvements in access, affordability and quality, they argue.

Toronto Star

Alternative Federal Budget 2017 - March 20, 2017

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

The Alternative Federal Budget 2017
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Ten things you need to know about the Alternative Federal Budget:
Posted by Nick Falvo
March 20, 2017
This year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) was released on March 9. Nick was the primary author of its housing chapter English : [ ] en français : [

Alberta Budget 2017 - March 16, 2017

Ten things to know about the 2017 Alberta Budget
Posted March 31, 2017
By Nick Falvo, PhD
[Nick Falvo is the Director of Research and Data at Calgary Homeless Foundation.]

On 16 March 2017, the Alberta NDP government tabled its budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Whereas last year’s budget announced major new initiatives (such as the Alberta Child Benefit, a carbon tax and the nearly doubling of annual provincial spending on housing), this year’s budget was more status quo.

Here are 10 things to know:
(Click the link above to access more info on each of the ten things...)

1. Alberta continues to be the lowest-taxed province in Canada (and no major tax changes were announced in this budget).
2. Alberta’s economy is starting to pick up steam.
3. Alberta’s running deficits, but they may start to get smaller.
4. Alberta’s provincial debt (as a % of GDP) remains the lowest of any province by a long shot…but it’s growing.
5. Health spending will increase by 5% this year.
6. The budget contains important announcements pertaining to K-12 education.
7. For the third consecutive year, the Notley government announced a tuition freeze for Alberta’s post-secondary students.
8. Many people on social assistance in Alberta will continue to see the erosion of the value of their benefits
9. The budget contains some good news for the homelessness sector.
10. The budget announced $100 million in new provincial money for improved drinking water in First Nations communities.

British Columbia - February 21, 2017

British Columbia - February 21, 2017
B.C.’s 5th-consecutive balanced budget delivers the dividend of a strong economy.

Budget documents
- includes links to the budget speech, highlights, news releases, backgrounders, Ministry service plans and much more

BC Budget 2017 fails to fill the hole we’ve dug for children, youth and families
By Adrienne Montani
March 9, 2017

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office
Policy Note
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New Brunswick - February 7, 2017

Government of New Brunswick:

News Release
New Brunswick - February 7, 2017
Budget continues to cut deficit, invests in education and health care
February 7, 2017

From Ernst &Young:$FILE/TaxAlert2017No04.pdf
February 7, 2017



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