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2018 federal budget

March 8, 2018
KUDOS to Jennefer Laidley of the Income Security Advocacy Centre for the following thorough collection of budget reviews and analyses of the 2018 Canada Budget from various sources.

Media & Policy News
By Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Federal Budget 2018: Income Security Highlights
March 6, 2018

The federal Liberal government introduced its third budget on Tuesday, February 27.

The Budget and all associated documents are available at this link:

(This resource is from the website.)

Below, you'll find a list of the topics covered in the budget, most dealing with income security and related issues. Click the Income Security Highlights link above to access the more detailed content organized by topic. Links to other helpful resources are included at the end of this highlights section to provide more information and analysis.

Budget Highlights by topic:
- Anti-Racism - Canada Child Benefit - Canada Workers Benefit - Child Care - Response to the Budget from Child Care Now - Housing - Indigenous Issues - Employment Insurance - Legal Aid - Pay Equity - Pharmacare - Poverty Reduction - Statistics Canada - Tax Fairness - Temporary Foreign Workers

Resources (analyses and articles in the media):
Click the Income Security Highlights link above to access analysis of the federal Budget from almost a dozen non-governmental organizations and articles in seven mainstream media, from Campaign 2000 and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives to Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Union of Public Employees --- also includes links to seven articles in Canada's largest media outlets from the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail to Huffinton Post Canada and the CBC.

Media & Policy News
By Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre

Alternative Federal Budget 2018 : Getting There - February 22
(Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives

[ ]:

Alternative Federal Budget 2018 : Getting There (PDF - 156 pages)

Budget fédéral alternatif 2018 : Objectif en vue (PDF - 180 pages)
21 février 2018

Alternative federal budget 2018: Getting there
22 Feb 2018 | Canada
The CCPA's Alternative Federal Budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year aligns with evidence-based social policy and with what child care advocates have been demanding. Authors draw attention to the fact that federal funding for early childhood education and care (ECEC) represents just 0.3% of Canadian GDP; maintaining Canada's status as one of the lowest spenders on ECEC among peer OECD countries, where the minimum international benchmark sits at 1% of GDP. The report cites evidence of inefficient use of federal funds-- with the Canada Child Benefit providing little, if any, incentive for second income earners in two-parent families to enter the labour force due to the high cost of child care and the potential loss of income tax benefits. The report recognizes that the government's Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework has appropriate principles, but underscores that a lack of funding does not enable them to become operational. CCPA condemns the government's current targeted approach, which it says does not reflect action on gender equity, and instead espouses a universal approach to child care that would see the rights of children and families recognized through access to high-quality ECEC, regardless of income or geography. Authors propose $1 billion in federal spending on ECEC in the current fiscal year, going up by $1 billion each succcessive year until spending reaches the established international standard of 1% of GDP. Importantly, the CCPA asserts that federal transfers to the provinces and territories be conditional upon actualization of principles of universality, high-quality and comprehensive services. Adherence to these, authors show, hinge on operational-funding (not parent-payment measures) for non-profit and publicly planned and managed systems of early learning and child care, with secure accountability measures. Attention to strengthening the federal-provincial/territorial approach to maternity and parental leave through amendments to eligibility, flexibility, adequacy of benefits, special considerations, and leave for parents who are not the birth parent is also outlined in the Employment Insurance chapter. Paternity leave and more on a universal child care program are expounded upon in the Gender Equality chapter.

Submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance regarding Budget 2018 - February 8

[ Ontario ]
How to make Ontario’s Budget 2018 the Income Security Budget
Submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance regarding Budget 2018
By Hannah Aldridge, Noah Zon
Published February 8, 2018
Maytree offers recommendations in four areas:
1. Modernizing Ontario’s response to working poverty
2. Protecting the poorest from falling further behind
3. Delivering housing affordability by investing in supply and demand
4. Preparing for the future by renewing investment in care and carers

Read the full submission (PDF, 7 pages)


British Columbia 2018 Budget - February 22
(Canadian Centre on Policy Alternatives)

British Columbia 2018 Budget
February 20, 2018
- includes all budget documents

News Release

Budget highlights

Previous Years Budgets and Fiscal Plans


Media coverage of BC Budget 2018:

B.C. budget 2018: 11 things you need to know
By Richard Zussman
Online Journalist based at B.C. Legislature Global News

B.C. Budget 2018: Big spending on child care, housing; foreign buyer tax expanded
By Rob Shaw
February 20, 2018
The B.C. government is offering modest relief on the rising cost of child care, housing and medical services plan premiums, funded by a raft of new tax hikes that target businesses, foreign buyers, housing speculators and expensive homes.
Vancouver Sun

Also from the Sun :

BC Budget at a glance (selected highlights)
• A new child care program that makes care effectively free for some low-income families, and offers modest subsidies for others based on income. There’s no mention of when, or even if, government will meet its $10-a-day child care election promise.

• An immediate increase to the foreign buyer tax from 15 per cent to 20 per cent, and an expansion to Kamloops, Kelowna, Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley.

• The elimination of Medical Services Plan premiums by 2020 to be replaced by a payroll health tax for businesses.

• $6.2 billion over 10 years to create 33,700 affordable housing units.

• A crackdown on fraud and tax evasion in the housing market, as well as a new two per cent speculation tax on those who don’t pay income tax in B.C.

• A hike on the property transfer tax on Feb. 21 from three per cent to five per cent on properties worth more than $3 million, as well as an increase on school taxes.

• A steep hike on tobacco taxes, as well as on taxes for luxury vehicles worth more than $150,000.

• $5.2-billion in new spending over three years, and $5.5-billion in new taxes.

• An estimated $219-million surplus in fiscal 2018/19.

More (click the link above)...

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