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REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF BUDGETS

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November 6, 2012
Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update - November 6
(Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)

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October 18, 2012
Finance Canada:
Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, tabled in the House of Commons

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Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act [Bill C-38] PASSED by the Senate - June 30

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Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act [Bill C-38] PASSED by the House of Commons - June 18
(Finance Canada)

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Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings : June 6 to 12, 2012 (Toronto)
===> Transcripts added June 22!

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Bill C-38 : Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
(The Omnibus Bill)
Govt. of Canada
(tabled April 26, 2012)

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Northwest Territories Budget 2012
May 24, 2012

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Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2012
April 24, 2012

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Prince Edward Island Budget 2012
April 18, 2012

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Manitoba Budget for 2012-2013
April 17, 2012

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Nova Scotia Budget 2012
April 3, 2012

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Federal Budget 2012-2013
March 29, 2012

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Ontario Budget 2012
March 27, 2012

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New Brunswick Budget 2012
March 27, 2012

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Yukon Budget 2012
March 15, 2012

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Saskatchewan 2012-13 Budget
March 21, 2012

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* Québec Budget 2012-2013
March 20, 2012

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* Alternative Federal Budget 2012 (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) - March 15, 2012

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Nunavut budget 2012-2013
February 22, 2012

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British Columbia 2012 Budget
February 21, 2012

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Alberta Budget 2012
February 9, 2012

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Canada's Economic Action Plan
- links to all seven reports back to March 2009, plus analysis and critique of federal budgets for 2009, 2010 and 2011.

- Content updated and links checked up to March 23, 2012


The links in this white box will take you directly to external websites.
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DIRECT LINKS TO PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL BUDGET WEBSITES


* Newfoundland and Labrador (April 24, 2012)
[ NL budgets for earlier years ]

* Prince Edward Island (April 18, 2012)
[ PE budgets for earlier years]

* Nova Scotia (April 3, 2012)
[ NS budgets for earlier years ]

* New Brunswick (March 27, 2012) [français]
[ NB budgets for earlier years ]

* Québec (March 20, 2012) [ français ]
[ QC budgets for earlier years ]

* Ontario (March 27, 2012) [ français ]
[ ON budgets for earlier years ]

* Manitoba (April 17, 2012) [ français ]
[ MB budgets for earlier years ]


* Saskatchewan (March 21, 2012)

[ SK budgets for earlier years ]

*Alberta (February 9, 2012)
[ AB budgets for earlier years ]

* British Columbia (February 21, 2012)
[ BC budgets for earlier years ]

* Northwest Territories (May 24, 2012)
[ includes links to budgets for earlier years ]

* Yukon (March 15, 2012)
[ includes links to budgets for earlier years]

* Nunavut (February 22, 2012)
[ incl. links to budgets for earlier years ]

* Canada (March 29, 2012) [ français ]
[ Federal budgets for earlier years ]
[ ActionPlan.gc.ca ]


See also:

Federal and Provincial Budgets
- links to analysis by TD Economics of each federal, provincial and territorial budget after it is tabled.
BONUS: includes links to analysis of 2010 budgets for all jurisdictions and three dozen special reports going back to 2005.
NOTE: Click the link above to access the budget analysis all for each jurisdiction by clicking on the links in the left column of this page
Source:
TD Economics


From TaxTips.ca:

Provincial Budgets
- includes links to each federal, provincial and territorial budget along with taxation information for each jurisdiction


Canada's provincial budgets
View Budget 2012-2013 highlights for each jurisdiction by clicking its link in the left margin of this page.
Source:
CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news

Also from CBC.ca
(covering all provinces)

Key numbers in Canada's provincial budgets
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budgets-provinces/


Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update - November 6
(Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)

From the
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer:

Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page
says spending cuts will be felt in programs and services

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1283760
November 6, 2012
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—The federal spending watchdog says the bulk of budget cuts will be felt in the form of program and service cuts — not through back-office efficiencies as the Harper government claimed. (...) Page has been battling the government for months over how much secret budgetary information he is entitled to see and is threatening legal action to force departments to provide more details on how budget cuts will affect Canadians.

Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/

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Budget 2012: Monitoring Framework Update (PDF - 616K, 5 pages)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/files/Budget%202012%20Expenditure%20Reductions_EN.pdf
November 6, 2012
In April 2012, the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) requested data regarding Budget 2012 spending reductions from affected federal organizations. These data are usually presented in Part III of the Estimates (Reports on Plans and Priorities; RPP). By November, the PBO received responses from 91 percent of organizations cut in Budget 2012, representing $5.0 billion (97%) of the overall package.
(...)
The information received is a small subset of what was requested. While PBO requested individual savings “measures”, categorized by “efficiency” or “program reduction”, PBO primarily received high-level program activity information.
[Excerpt, page 2]

Budget 2012 Spending Reductions: Monitoring Framework (Excel spreadsheet, 200K)
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/get/resources/77?path=%2Ffiles%2Ffiles%2FSavings_Breakdown_Program_Activites+Final.xlsx
Data from all responses have been collated and are presented in this separate spreadsheet. The spreadsheet also includes the performance indicators and targets for each affected program activity that were presented in the 2012-13 RPPs, as well as their year-to-date spending collected by the Receiver General.

Related research resources from the
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/RESEARCH+RESOURCES

Source:
Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer

http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/

Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, tabled in the House of Commons - October 18
(Finance Canada)

Harper Government Continues Pro-Growth
Agenda with the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-126-eng.asp
October 18, 2012

Mews Release
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today introduced in Parliament:

Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 (457 pages):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/110422989/C-45-Jobs-and-Growth-Act-2012

[Click the link above and then scroll down to the online reader or click the orange "Download or Print" button to the right of the text.]

The Act implements key initiatives from Economic Action Plan 2012 to help grow Canada’s economy, fuel job creation and secure Canada’s long-term prosperity.
(...)
The proposed Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 will bolster Canada’s economy and help improve communities across Canada with initiatives that build a strong economy and create jobs; support families and communities; promote clean energy and enhance neutrality of the tax system; and respect taxpayers’ dollars.

Related Document:

Economic Action Plan 2012
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html
[ 2012 federal Budget ]
March 29, 2012

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

Also (earlier) from Finance Canada:

Minister Flaherty Tables Notice of Ways and Means Motion
to Implement Tax Provisions in Economic Action Plan 2012
and Other Tax Measures

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-124-eng.asp
October 15, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled in the House of Commons a detailed Notice of Ways and Means Motion to implement certain tax provisions in Economic Action Plan 2012 (see the link above), as well as certain previously announced tax measures.
The Notice of Ways and Means Motion includes tax measures from Economic Action Plan 2012 in the areas of Personal Income Tax, Corporate Income Tax and International Taxation.

Related link:

Notice of Ways and Means Motion with explanatory notes:
http://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/bia-leb-1012-eng.asp ]

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act PASSED by the Senate - June 30
(Finance Canada)

Bill C-38 passes in Senate, Parliament closes for summer:
Vote sets stage for sister bill in fall
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Bill+passes+Senate+Parliament+closes+summer/6865384/story.html
By Jordan Press
June 30, 2012
Just in time for the Canada Day long weekend, the Senate ended this session of Parliament by approving the government's omnibus budget bill - which promptly received royal assent - making changes to the environmental review laws and social assistance programs.
By a vote of 49-31, Bill C-38 passed through the Senate Friday afternoon, with the Tories using their majority to get approval for the government's budget implementation bill.

The vote marked the end of one political battle and set the stage for a fall session that will likely be marked by a sister bill to C-38 that may be just as sweeping and controversial for the opposition parties.

Source:
Ottawa Citizen

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/

Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act PASSED by the House of Commons - June 18
(Finance Canada)

Canada positioned for long-term success with passage of the
Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act by the House of Commons

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n12/12-069-eng.asp
News Release
June 18, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, applauded the House of Commons’ endorsement of Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, which contains key measures from Economic Action Plan 2012. “While our economy has performed relatively well during recent global economic turmoil, with the strongest record of job growth in the entire Group of Seven (G-7), Canada cannot be complacent,” said Minister Flaherty. “The global economy remains extremely fragile and challenges remain, as we see in ongoing events in Europe.”

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act positions Canada for long-term success by:
* Improving Conditions for Business Investment
* Investing in Training, Infrastructure and Opportunity
* Supporting Families and Communities
* Ensuring Sustainable Social Programs and a Secure Retirement
* Responsible Management to Return to Balanced Budgets

The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act now moves to the Senate for review and debate.

Related Documents:

* The Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Docid=5524772&file=4

* Economic Action Plan 2012
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html

Source:
Finance Canada
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp

Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings : June 6 to 12, 2012 (Toronto)

Ontario Budget 2012 Committee Hearings : June 6 to 12, 2012 (Toronto)
Committee Transcripts from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/committee-proceedings/committee_transcripts_current.do?ParlCommID=8957&locale=en
June 6-12, 2012

So how much is Premier Dalton McGuinty cutting from each ministry, and where is he cutting that funding?
See "How much is being cut" in the lower half of the yellow box below.

NOTE:
Welcome to the arcane world of government committee hearings, deputations, evidence and transcripts. The transcript links below will take you to verbatim proceedings from hearings on Ontario's Bill 55, the budget implementation act. Each day's transcript contains perspectives and insights that I guarantee you won't find anywhere else from dozens of diverse sources. The trick is finding out when and where these transcripts are posted online (hence my use of the word "arcane" earlier in this paragraph). In this case, I wish to thank my friend John Stapleton for alerting me to the recent posting of these transcripts. [Click the June 6 link below to read the text of John's ten-minute presentation on the erosion of Ontario social assistance rates since the mid-1990s]. I should note, for the benefit of anyone who isn't familiar with Ontario's Bill 55, that it's been likened to the federal omnibus Bill C-38, in that it was far broader than a mere budget implementation bill. Because Bill 55 touches upon so many areas of life in Ontario, presentations to the Committee were made by a diverse range of individuals and groups, from the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association to the Ontario Health Coalition, the Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (to mention but a few of the interests represented at this Committee table on the first day only). Look for the precious nuggets of information interspersed throughout these presentations...

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Context : Text of Bill 55
and related backgrounders:

Bill 55, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact and amend various Acts
http://goo.gl/pi1bm

Backgrounders:

* Balancing the Budget
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk3.html

* Ontario's Economic Outlook and Fiscal Plan
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk1.html

* Public Sector Compensation
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk2.html

* A Fair and Efficient Drug System
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk4.html

Source:
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
[
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/home.do ]

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How much is being cut, and where?

Addendum to the 2012 Ontario Budget:
Report on Expense Management Measures
(PDF - 1.8MB, 56 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/addendum.pdf
This “Report on Expense Management Measures” provides a detailed list of expense management measures totalling $4.9 billion in savings planned over the next three years. As noted in the 2012 Budget, these savings are planned through removing overlap and duplication, more efficient and effective delivery models, and focusing on core business.

The expense management measures in this Report are grouped under three categories:
(1) Removing Overlap and Duplication
(2)More Efficient and Effective Delivery Models
(3) Focusing on Core Business
Source:
Ontario Ministry of Finance
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/

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Daily transcripts:

June 6, 2012
http://goo.gl/ceqac
Selected presenters:
* Trillium Energy Alliance Inc.
*
Mr. John Stapleton
*
London Health Coalition
*
Greenpeace Canada
*
Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
*
Mr. Paul Hellyer
*
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
*
Canadian Pensioners Concerned Inc., Ontario division
* Ontario Hospital Association
* Ontario Federation of Labour
*
Canadian Union of Public Employees
* more...

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June 7, 2012
http://goo.gl/kbu8w
Selected presenters:
* Ecojustice
*
Ontario Nature
*
Income Security Advocacy Centre; Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
*
Civil Rights in Public Education
*
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association
*
Doctors for Fair Taxation
* Ms. Liz Rykert
*
Wellesley Institute
* more...

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June 8, 2012
http://goo.gl/tnpjN
Presenters:
* Chatham-Kent Health Coalition
*
College Student Alliance
* Council of Ontario Universities
*
Earthroots

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June 11, 2012
http://goo.gl/Ng89B
Selected presenters:
*
Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario
*
Ontario Nonprofit Network
*
North Shore Tribal Council
*
College of Early Childhood Educators
*
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
*
Ontario Community Support Association
*
City of Kingston
*
Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
* more...

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June 12, 2012
http://goo.gl/yQRC5
Selected presenters:
* Quality Early Learning Network
*
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
*
Chiefs of Ontario
*
Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians
*
Ontario Nurses’ Association
*
Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens’ Organizations
* more...

Source:
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
[
http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/home.do ]

[Canada] Bill C-38 : Budget Implementation Act

Bill C-38 : An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget
tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures

Short Title:
Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
House Government Bill
41st Parliament, 1st Session (June 2, 2011 - Present)
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Introduction and First Reading 2012-04-26
Second Reading and Referral to Committee 2012-05-14
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Bill C-38 - Complete text:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5524772

Bill C-38 - Summary of changes:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5514128&View=8

Source:
Parliament of Canada
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Default.aspx?Language=E

Northwest Territories Budget 2012 (May 24, 2012)

From NWT Finance:

2012 Budget Address
May 24, 2012

HTML version:
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/address/index.htm

PDF version (84K, 15 pages):
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/documents/address/2012-13%20Budget%20Address.pdf

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2012 Budget Address and Papers (PDF - 396K, 56 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/documents/address/2012-13%20Budget%20Address%20and%20Papers.pdf

Source:
NWT Finance
http://www.fin.gov.nt.ca/


Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2012 : Focused on What Matters Most (April 24, 2012)

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2012
People and Prosperity: Responsible Investments for a Secure Future.

http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/
April 24, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to the following budget papers:
* Budget Speech : http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/speech/default.htm
* Budget Highlights :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/highlights/default.htm
* Estimates :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/estimates/default.htm
* The Economy :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/economy.htm
* Past Budgets :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/

* News Releases :
http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2012/releases/default.htm

(Click the link above to access any of the following releases)
* Budget 2012: People and Prosperity – Responsible Investments for a Secure Future
* Budget 2012 Workforce Investments Support Growth and Prosperity
* A Prosperous Economy and Renewable Energy Future Fueled by Budget 2012
* Education Investments Focus on Early Learning, Infrastructure
* Investing in the Safe and Healthy Development of Children and Youth for a Secure Future
* Responsible Social Investments in Budget 2012 Include $150 Million for Poverty Reduction
[see below]
* Building Prosperity: Infrastructure Investments Promote Sustainable Success
* Responsible Investments Enhance Health Care Services for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
* Budget 2012 Investments Focus on Long-Term Care and Community Support
* Labradorians Continue to Benefit from Northern Strategic Plan Investments

Responsible Social Investments in Budget 2012
Include $150 Million for Poverty Reduction
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/aes/0424n07.htm
News Release
April 24, 2012
Moving forward to provide strong social programming, including initiatives to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is making significant investments through Budget 2012 to help this province’s most vulnerable – including $150.8 million under the Poverty Reduction Strategy, an increase of approximately $11.3 million from last year.

Source:
Department of Finance

http://www.fin.gov.nl.ca/fin/

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Budget analysis and critique:

From the CBC:

'Austerity' budget contains few cuts, steady spending
45 temporary jobs chopped and $38.8 million in savings ID'd; new 10-year review process launched

http://goo.gl/oFAVX
By Rob Antle
April 24, 2012
The Newfoundland and Labrador government unveiled a steady-as-it-goes financial plan today that will see minimal job cuts and spending reductions.
Previous warnings of an austerity budget proved unfounded, with just 45 temporary positions cut and $38.8 million in savings identified from a review of government programs. Those savings amount to roughly 0.6 per cent of overall program spending

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

Also from CBC.ca
(covering all provinces)

Key numbers in Canada's provincial budgets
http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/budgets-provinces/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget:


The Rock slips back into the red (PDF - 648K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nl12.pdf
April 24, 2012
Highlights

• Newfoundland and Labrador faces a deficit of $258 million in fiscal 2012-13 (0.8% of GDP) after posting a surplus of $776 million in the previous year.
• Revenues in fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 are negatively hit by two major, albeit expected, factors. Oil royalties should come in $591 million below what they were in FY 2011-12 due to lower production volumes as oil extraction vessels are shut down for maintenance. At the same time, FY 2012-13
marks the first year that N&L does not receive annual federal transition funding under the Atlantic Accord.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp]

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- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

Prince Edward Island Budget 2012 - April 18, 2012

Prince Edward Island Budget 2012
http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/
April 18, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers

Budget Address (PDF - 420K, 36 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtadd12.pdf

Estimates of Revenue and Expenditures (PDF - 1.7MB, 180 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtestim.pdf

Background Paper on the Economy (PDF - 1MB, 10 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_bdgtback1.pdf

Three Year Budget Plan (PDF - 244K, 2 pages)
http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/fema_3yearbdgt.pdf

Budget 2012 sets the course for balance, focuses on protecting gains and strengthening the economy
http://goo.gl/j84w6
April 18, 2012
News Release
Budget 2012 sets forth a realistic three-year plan to return to balance while, at the same time, protecting gains in areas important to the Island way of life, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.
“Ultimately, our goal is to achieve a greater degree of economic security for Islanders – and an assurance to future generations that their legacy has been protected,” said Minister Sheridan.
The Province is under significant fiscal pressures, resulting in a projected deficit of $78.6 million for 2011-2012. This is largely attributable to a substantial increase in public sector pension costs; increases in hospital and drug costs; rising costs of disability support, social assistance and support for children in care; as well as increases in agriculture costs. On top of this, overall economic conditions have contributed to a marked decline in corporate tax revenue.

Source:
Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs
http://www.gov.pe.ca/finance/

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Budget analysis and critique:

From the CBC:

Employee benefits balloon P.E.I. deficit:
Three-year plan to balance budget
http://goo.gl/Qmmbo
CBC News Posted: Apr 18, 2012
The P.E.I. government is expecting a deficit of $78.6 million in 2011-12, says Finance Minister Wes Sheridan, and covering employee benefits accounts for a big piece of that higher cost.

Source:
CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Prince Edward Island Budget:

All Aboard the HST Train (PDF - 652K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/pe12.pdf
April 19, 2012
Highlights
• Despite favourable economic conditions, the Prince Edward Island (PEI) government recorded a
deficit twice as large as was anticipated in fiscal 2011-12, mainly as a result of cost overruns.
• This led the government to launch a three-year plan to return to balance. The plan uses a balanced
approach. Spending restraint which favours health spending at the expense of all other areas is
combined with revenue measures.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

Manitoba Budget 2012 : Focused on What Matters Most (April 17, 2012)

The 2012 Manitoba Budget was tabled on April 17, 2012.

Manitoba Budget 2012 : Focused on What Matters Most
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/index.html

- main budget page, includes budget highlights and links to all budget papers

Budget 2012 : Focused on what matters most to families
Minister Presents Manitoba's Balanced Approach to Challenges Ahead
http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?archive=2012-04-01&item=13733
News Release
April 17, 2012
Budget 2012 is a plan to keep Manitoba moving forward through uncertain times, by focusing on the things that matter most to families and by finding responsible ways to reduce spending, Finance Minister Stan Struthers announced today.

Budget Speech (PDF - 824K, 14 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/speech12.pdf

Manitoba Budget 2012 (PDF - 1.3MB, 46 pages)
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/summary.pdf

Budget Papers
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers.html
* Economic Review and Outlook
* Supplementary Financial Information
* Taxation Adjustments
* The Manitoba Advantage

* Update on Major Transfer Arrangements - pdf - 452 k
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/fiscal_arrangements.pdf

* Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion- pdf - 442 k
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/budget12/papers/poverty.pdf
Contents:
--- Reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion
--- Key Priorities for 2012
--- 2012 Budget measures that support poverty reduction and social inclusion
--- How we will measure our progress
Excerpt from p. 4:
"The Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) program (social assistance) is now located within Manitoba Entrepreneurship,
Training and Trade. EIA participants who can work will now get speedy access to employment, training and supports. This is
an efficient and effective way to help Manitobans most in need to move from social assistance into employment.
To support those Manitobans with severe disabilities that prohibit them from working, the province is working actively with
other provincial governments and the Government of Canada to pursue a pan-Canadian basic income support program for
working-age Canadians."

Source:
Manitoba Finance
http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/

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Budget analysis and critiques

From
the CBC:

Manitoba budget cuts spending, raises taxes
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/04/17/mb-budget-manitoba-main.html
April 17, 2012
Manitobans will pay more for gas, cigarettes and spa treatments as the NDP government struggles to slay a $1-billion deficit by hiking taxes and user fees. In its budget tabled Tuesday, the province is boosting fees for land titles, birth, marriage and death certificates to bring in an extra $7 million.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Manitoba Budget:

Surplus Target Date Maintained (PDF - 624K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/mb12.pdf
April 18, 2012
Highlights
• Manitoba’s deficit of $460 million for fiscal 2012-13 is much smaller than the $1.1 billion shortfall estimated for fiscal 2011-12. To recall, last year’s figure included large, unanticipated flood-related expenses.
• Still, the Province expects to eliminate its deficit by fiscal 2014-15 as originally planned. Revenue generating measures such as increases in the gasoline and tobacco taxes and user fees will help close the fiscal gap.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

Nova Scotia Budget 2012: Making life better for families (April 3, 2012)

Nova Scotia Budget 2012:
Making life better for families

April 3, 2012
http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/
- Budget home page, includes links to all Budget 2012 documents
- also includes links to:
* jobsHere * Better Care Sooner * Helping Make Life More Affordable * For Seniors [ http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/seniors/ ] * For Students * For Families [ http://novascotia.ca/budget2012/families/ ] * For Business

Budget 2012 documents:
http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/budgetdocuments/2011_2013.aspx
- incl. links to budget address, assumptions and schedules, budget bulletins*, highlights, estimates and business plans
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[* Bulletin titles : Creating Good Jobs and Growing the Economy - Better Care Sooner - Making Life More Affordable for Nova Scotians - Kids and Learning First - Living within our Means - Tax Changes]
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Budget analysis and critiques

From
the CBC:

N.S. delivers modest help in surprise-free budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/04/03/ns-budget-your-vote.html
April 3, 2012
The Dexter government has sprinkled in modest tax breaks and initiatives for low-income Nova Scotians in what it says will be its last deficit budget before an expected election. The 2012-13 budget, unveiled Tuesday, contains few surprises since many cuts and spending announcements have already been made. The NDP government expects to overspend by $211.2 million in 2012-13, but promises a balanced budget after that — which could be an election year.

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Reaction to the N.S. budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/04/03/ns-reaction-budget.html
April 3, 2012

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Nova Scotia Budget:

April 4, 2012
Light at the End of the Tunnel (PDF - 656K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ns12.pdf
Nova Scotia is projecting that its deficit will be erased by fiscal 2013-14, maintaining the target date it had set in last year’s budget. The deficit for FY 2011-12 is estimated at $261 million, or $129 million lower than projected in the 2011 Budget.

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

Economic Action Plan 2012 : Federal Budget - March 29, 2012

From
Finance Canada:
[ http://www.fin.gc.ca/fin-eng.asp ]

Economic Action Plan 2012 : Federal Budget
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html
March 29, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents, some of which appear below...

Budget Plan
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/plan/toc-tdm-eng.html

Budget in Brief
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/rd-dc/brief-bref-eng.html

News Release
The Government of Canada Delivers Economic Action Plan 2012—A Plan for Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity

News Release
March 29, 2012
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today tabled Economic Action Plan 2012, a comprehensive agenda to bolster Canada’s long-term economic strengths and promote job growth. (...) Economic Action Plan 2012 takes important steps to address the challenges and help take advantage of the opportunities of the global economy, while ensuring sustainable social programs and sound public finances for future generations.

Budget Speech
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/rd-dc/speech-discours-eng.html

Backgrounders
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/admin/news-media-eng.html
[Click the link above to access any of the first three items below;
I've provided only the link to the last item, on social programs.]
* Supporting Entrepreneurs, Innovators and World-Class Research
* Supporting Jobs and Opportunity
* Responsible Resource Development
* Sustainable Social Programs and a Secure Retirement
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/rd-dc/bdc4-eng.html
In order to ensure the sustainability of our social programs and fiscal position for generations to come, steps are required to prepare today for the demographic pressures that the Canadian economy will face over the longer term. Canadians are living longer and healthier lives.
Economic Action Plan 2012 will:
* Gradually increase the age of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefits from 65 to 67. This change will start in April 2023, with full implementation by January 2029, and will not affect anyone who is 54 years of age or older as of March 31, 2012.
* Increase the ages at which the Allowance and the Allowance for the Survivor are provided from 60-64 today, to 62-66 starting in April 2023. This change will not affect anyone who is 49 years of age or older as of March 31, 2012.
* Allow for the voluntary deferral of the OAS pension, for up to five years, starting on July 1, 2013. This will give Canadians the option to defer take-up of their OAS pension to a later time and receive a higher, actuarially adjusted pension.
* Put in place a proactive enrolment regime for OAS and GIS to reduce the burden on seniors of completing application processes and reduce the Government’s administrative costs. Proactive enrolment will be implemented in a phased-in approach from 2013 to 2015.

NOTE: A tip of the hat to Richard Shillington for the successful completion of his ten-plus year campaign to help convince the federal government to "proactively" increase the take-up rate for the Guaranteed Income Supplement [ http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2011/fin/F2-208-2011-eng.pdf ]. Proactive enrolment for OAS and GIS will mean a better quality of life for the 160,000 seniors who aren't receiving the OAS benefit they’re entitled to receive and the 150,000 seniors who aren't receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement benefit even though they qualify.
Kudos, Richard! (And to the Government of Canada for getting it right, finally!)

Related link:

Ensuring a sustainable Old Age Security program (OAS): What it means for you
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/themes/theme3-eng.html

Previous federal budgets
and economic updates (back to 1995)
http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/admin/au-an-eng.html#prebud


Budget analysis and critiques

TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Federal Budget:

Federal Budget Plan 2012 : Canada's Long Run Economic Action Plan (PDF - 720K, 6 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/fed12.pdf
March 29, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]


Federal Budget 2012 coverage
http://www.thestar.com/topic/federalbudget
Source:
Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/


From the
Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Federal budget 2012: Systemic underfunding for Aboriginal peoples
http://cupe.ca/aboriginal/federal-budget-2012-systemic
May 8, 2012
It’s been six years since the Conservatives scrapped the Kelowna Accord—an important agreement established to begin closing the poverty gap between Aboriginal peoples and Canadians. Since then, the federal government has consistently ignored the disturbing conditions in many First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, preferring instead to focus on its big oil agenda. The 2012 federal budget continues its record of appalling underfunding for some of the country’s poorest communities, and recent budget cuts have effectively silenced some of the advocacy groups that fight for basic rights for Aboriginal peoples.

- Go to the First Nations Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/1stbkmrk.htm


Federal Budget 2012: Women’s rights suffer significant setbacks under Harper majority
http://cupe.ca/economics/federal-budget-2012-womens-rights
May 8, 2012
The federal government promised that one of the priorities of the federal budget budget would be “supporting families and communities”. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives have failed miserably on this front, especially when it comes to the women and girls of Canada. Women continue to face a number of challenges in the labour force. Women rely heavily on public services. They often hold precarious jobs, with less pay than their male counterparts. A lack of affordable, quality child care also places an extra burden on mothers of young children. Senior women are among the poorest in the country.
Includes:
*
OAS and GIS cuts
*
No child care
*
Cuts to services and jobs
*
Tax cuts for rich corporations
This federal budget has done nothing to improve the lives of women and girls. For many, it has made life worse. We need a federal presence to achieve equality for women, not abandon it.

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
http://cupe.ca/


Federal budget 2012: Details show how Canadian PM Stephen Harper changing government
24 Apr 2012 | Canada
http://goo.gl/QZ91Q

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
http://www.childcarecanada.org
CRRU is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.


From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

The No-Budge Budget (PDF - 132K, 38 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/984ENG.pdf
April 2012
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson
Abstract (Excerpt):
The Caledon Institute’s analysis of the 2012 Budget argues that a number of its policy announcements are not backed up by solid evidence. Yet evidence – or lack thereof – has not stopped the federal government from taking action in recent years.
The ‘No-Budge Budget’ title for Caledon’s paper is clearly appropriate given the social policy centrepiece of this Budget: the hike in the age of eligibility for Old Age Security from 65 to 67. The Budget tries to soft-pedal the proposed change by emphasizing the gradual and lengthy nature of its implementation and assuring Canadians that the measure will not affect today’s seniors or people currently age 54 or older.
This paper argues there is no need to weaken the strong and effective set of programs that Canada is fortunate to have built over the years – at least not if the policy decisions were guided by the evidence.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=984


Good News for People with Disabilities in the Federal Budget (PDF - 40K, 7 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/985ENG.pdf
April 2012
By Jack Styan

Abstract (Excerpt):
In this paper, Jack Styan explains the four significant measures announced in Budget 2012 that will make Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs) more accessible and useful for people with disabilities and their families. (...)
Budget 2012 announced that:
* “Qualified family members” may now act as holders of new RDSPs
* A new “Proportional Repayment Rule” will replace the “10-year rule” providing greater access to the funds in RDSPs
* Ottawa will now allow more funds to be withdrawn from RDSPs where government contributions exceed personal contributions
* Budget 2012 permits a tax-free rollover of investment income in a Registered Education Savings Plan to an RDSP in certain circumstances starting in 2013.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=985


Old Age Insecurity? (PDF - 128K, 29 pages)
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/983ENG.pdf
February 2012
By Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson

Abstract (Excerpt):
The controversy over raising the age of entitlement for Old Age Security from 65 to 67 is taking attention away from alternative possible reforms of that vital program, and of Canada’s pension system generally. The allegation that Old Age Security will be unsustainable in future is more a political than a policy judgement, and the substantive evidence does not support it.
(...)
The Caledon report puts forward possible changes for public debate, including:
* A new income benefit to poor seniors aged 65 and 66 so that they do not have to keep working or remain on welfare for two more years.
* An ‘actuarially adjusted’ Old Age Security, where the amount of benefit would vary with the age that beneficiaries choose to begin receiving their payments
* Lowering the clawback on the basic Old Age Security pension, either by reducing the income threshold or raising the reduction rate or both
* Combining Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the age credit and the pension income credit into a single income-tested program with a progressive design.
*
Scrapping the costly and regressive pension income splitting tax expenditure and using the savings to bolster the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

The focus on Old Age Security is important, but it threatens to deflect attention from the key to pension reform – boosting the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans.

Read the complete abstract:
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/Detail/?ID=983

Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy
http://www.caledoninst.org/


Courtesy of
The Bonehead Government™
:

April 6, 2012
Ottawa cuts Community Access Program (CAP) public web access funding
Program offers internet access at libraries, community centres
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/04/06/ns-cap-funding-cut.html

The federal government is cutting funding as of next April [SEE THE CORRECTION BELOW] for a public internet access program, CBC News has learned. The Community Access Program (CAP) operates out of libraries and community centres across Canada to provide free or low-cost internet access to the public. There are thousands of CAP sites across the country.

Lisa Setlakwe, a director general with Industry Canada [Dept. responsible forthe CAP], says the program was launched in 1995 to "provide Canadians with access to the internet and its economic benefits.""CAP has contributed to bringing computer and internet technologies to Canadians across the country and has successfully achieved its objectives," Setlakwe says.

Source:
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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CORRECTION : April 9, 2012

Despite the above statement in the April 6 CBC News item about the federal government "cutting funding as of next April" (i.e., 2013), the official letter of termination from Director General Setlakwe [ http://www.scribd.com/doc/88279693/CAP-Termination-Letter ] dated April 5, 2012, announces very clearly that "CAP was scheduled to end March 31, 2012, and will not be renewed."

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What a difference five years
and a majority government make...

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June 6, 2007
Canada's New Government Ensures Support for the Community Access Program

http://goo.gl/Ar63m
Back in 2006, when it was re-branded "Canada's New Government" (2006), the Conservative Party of Canada expressed support for the CAP and extended the initiative, citing a number of noble objectives for the program. This June 2007 link is for those who wish to compare what Canada's New (minority) Government said five years ago about the CAP and the April 6 (2012) news from The Harper (majority) Government™ about the demise of federal funding for CAP at the end of March 2013.

When the Director General of CAP says that the program has contributed to bringing computer and internet technologies to Canadians across the country and "has successfully achieved its objectives", I hear the BS Bell ringing double-time. In the June 2007 backgrounder, the reader learns that the first two objectives are the following:
"- promoting public awareness of the benefits and opportunities of using information technology and services;
- supporting online delivery of government programs and services;...

So if CAP has "successfully achieved its objectives", then one must presume that every John and Jane Doe out there is aware of the benefits and opportunities of using information technology and services, and that online delivery of government programs and services is supported.

And that's a big fat NO on both counts.

Communities across Canada fight against Community Access Program closures
http://www.povnet.org/node/4897
April 11, 2012
The Nova Scotia CAP Association has launched a website[ http://www.savecap.ca/ ] to save the Community Access Program (CAP) that ensures all Canadians have equal access to the Internet and technology and have the skills to use it to better their lives and their communities.
CAP sites were told by Industry Canada last Thursday, that the federal government will not renew funding to CAP programs across Canada. The funding cut is retroactive to March 31.

Save CAP is asking you to contact your local Member of Parliament and say why you value Community Internet Access and training.
You can also follow the Save CAP on Twitter with the hashtag, #savecap

More Information:
[Click the PovNet link above to access the links for the items below.]

* CAP fights funding cut to N.S. sites | Herald News
* Cuts to CAP put burden on municipalities | The Minden Times
* Plug pulled on public Internet access program | Ottawa Citizen
* Funding uncertain for CAP sites | The Guardian
* Library budgets altered to keep users logged on | Victoria Times Colonist
* Feds cut library web access funding | The Windsor Star

Related PovNet story:

Community Access Program funding to stop
http://www.povnet.org/node/4894

Source:
PovNet.org
http://www.povnet.org/

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- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/harper_government.htm

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National Council of Welfare, R.I.P.
(1969-2012)

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From the
Toronto Star:

http://www.thestar.com/

Federal budget 2012: Ottawa axes National Council on Welfare
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1154445
Laurie Monsebraaten
March 30 2012
Anti-poverty groups are shocked, but not surprised, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty axed the National Council of Welfare in Thursday’s budget. The independent, federally-appointed body was created by an act of Parliament in 1969 to advise the Minister of human resources on poverty in Canada. But since the Harper government was elected in 2006, it has ignored the council’s research and advice on how to address growing income disparity across the country, activists say.
(...)
A spokesperson for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said the $1.1 million council and its eight Ottawa-based staff are being cut next year to reduce duplication (see my comment below).
“Many non-governmental organizations . . . provide quality independent advice and research on poverty-related issues,” said Alyson Queen. (...)
The council’s annual report on welfare incomes in Canada is the only comprehensive analysis of social assistance across the country and how it interacts with federal benefits, he said. The council has also produced authoritative reports on child care, child benefits and low incomes in Canada.

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Comment by Gilles:

Reducing "duplication"?
How does the demise of the only credible national source of welfare and poverty information reduce duplication?
Won't each of the provinces have to do its own cross-jurisdictional comparisons, thus duplicating the efforts of all other provinces and territories? Notwithstanding the HRDSC spokesperson's talking points, there isn't ONE non-governmental organization in Canada that produces detailed welfare information and welfare statistics for all jurisdictions. Yes, NGOs *do* provide "quality independent advice and research on poverty-related issues", but to my knowledge, none has a national perspective on social assistance programs and statistics that even approaches that of the National Council of Welfare.

Net gain to the federal coffers: one piddly million bucks per year.
Net loss to Canada: one strong, credible voice for accountability, fairness and social justice and the only solid source of cross-jurisdiction information on welfare and poverty.

This is a sad day for government accountability in Canada.
Like many others in the social justice community, I'm in shock and denial today, and I'm grieving this senseless and brutal political decision.
[ Some might say that the writing's been on the wall for the Council since Stephen Harper's accession to the throne in 2006, and that a swift end is better than death by a thousand cuts, as has been the case since 2006. I disagree. Not only should the National Council of Welfare be retained --- it should have MORE resources to better fulfill in its mandate of advising the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in all matters relating to social development in Canada.]
I'm sad for the dedicated staff at the National Council of Welfare, and I'm grieving over the demise of the Council.

Evidence?
We don't need no stinkin' evidence.
We've got the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the Department of Finance to tell us what to think.

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Will the Council's reports still be available online?
If you're worried about the imminent disappearance of the Council's website in April of 2013, the Internet Archive [ http://archive.org/ ] has preserved a complete copy of the Council's collection of online reports as at July 2011 at the following link:
http://web.archive.org/web/20110706182021/http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp
NOTE : The link above takes you to the Council's home page as it appeared in July 2011, and all content links are functional.
Until April 1, 2013, you can still visit the Council's live website:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/h.4m.2@-eng.jsp

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Scrapping welfare council is a cheap shot by a government that doesn’t care about the poor
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1157655
By Steve Kerstetter
April 8, 2012
Ever since its creation by an act of Parliament in 1969, the National Council of Welfare has been the only federal agency with a mandate devoted exclusively to improving the lives of low-income Canadians.
The Conservative government’s decision to scrap the council in the budget speech was a cheap shot — in more ways than one — and a shot that will deprive Canadians of one more source of valuable research.
(...)
The council’s work on the welfare system has been extraordinary. Its annual publication Welfare Incomes is the single authoritative source on that subject in Canada and is used extensively both inside and outside government. But the council has worked in many other areas as well. Its reports on child poverty and women and poverty are well known. It has published some of the most readable descriptions of public and private pension programs. It documented the many shortcomings of legal aid in Canada. A report on the justice system showed that poor people are most likely to be picked up by police, most likely to appear in court without adequate legal representation and most likely to wind up serving time.
(...)
The National Council of Welfare was traditionally a great friend of opposition parties in Parliament and came to be regarded a royal pain in the butt once a party formed a government. That wasn’t because the council was anti-government by nature — just that governments of recent years had so many bad ideas about social policy and so few good ones. In fact, members of the council who make up the group’s board of directors are appointed by the federal cabinet and have often been close friends of the government of the day. However, that friendship never compromised the work of the council even once during my 13 years as a staff member.
(...)
The decision of the Harper government to shut down the National Council of Welfare comes at a time when poverty remains a significant blight in a country that has the means at its disposal to eliminate poverty.
(...)
The Conservatives didn’t even have the decency to mention the demise of the council in the budget speech. The budget papers included a table in one of the appendices that showed a cut of $1.1 million a year in the council’s budget beginning next year. What the papers didn’t bother to say was that $1.1 million is the council’s entire budget.

[ Steve Kerstetter retired as director of the National Council of Welfare in 2000 and now lives in Vancouver. ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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Comment by Vince Calderhead, senior
staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid:

March 30, 2012
"This shocking news [demise of the National Council of Welfare] will impact on many, not the least will be those who relied on NCW reports in ant-poverty and other human rights litigation--both in Canada and before the UN. A quick search shows that the Supreme Court of Canada cited NCW reports at least four times in the past decade--not many government (or non-government) agencies can claim that importance. There are literally dozens of lower court decisions which also cite the NCW. Given the meagre amount saved ($1 Million), the Tories actually gain far more politically by silencing this purveyor of crucial info re both poverty in Canada and the state of Canada's social assistance systems."

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When is a conservative not a conservative?
http://goo.gl/EAUMC
By Armine Yalnizyan
April 5, 2012
This week we learned that Rights and Democracy -- an agency established by Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1988 to monitor human rights and democratic development internationally -- has been terminated. The closure follows similar shutdowns by the Harper Conservatives of organizations that bear witness to these trends internationally, such as KAIROS and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. The $11 million in "savings" was not part of the identified list of cuts announced in last week's federal budget.
But another organization, whose elimination will save the federal government a whopping $1 million, was identified in the list of organizations getting cut. It, too, effectively monitored human rights, democracy and development, but closer to home. Established by Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1962, the National Council on Welfare will cease operations after half a century of gathering information and providing recommendations about income security for Canada's most economically vulnerable citizens, across the land and province by province.

An unusual exchange took place in Canada's Senate Chamber between two Conservative Senators, triggered by this development.
Senator Hugh Segal asks the Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Marjory LeBreton, what was the rationale for the cut. The answer, in its essence: we don't need that information anymore; we have all the information we need about poverty from other sources. Senator Segal then asks an eyebrow-raising supplementary question (my paraphrase): are you controlling sources of information about poverty because you don't intend to do anything about it? The answer is almost as Orwellian as the suggestion behind the question.
Click the link above to read the full exchange between Senator Segal and Senator Marjory LeBreton the Harper Government™ mouthpiece.
Found at the bottom
of this article:

"Senator Segal is a life-long Progressive Conservative. There are many more like him who are becoming outsiders within their own political home. Shutting down input and voice, including from within Conservative ranks, may end up dividing the right anew."

[Leftie comment : One can only hope. By Gilles]

Source:
rabble.ca

http://rabble.ca/

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From the
Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Budget cuts another victory in Tory war on information: opposition
http://goo.gl/uatZ9
By Gloria Galloway
March 30, 2012
Only a handful of agencies were delivered a death sentence in this week’s federal budget but they include three institutions whose primary job is to provide statistics and research that is meant to inform government decisions.
The First Nations Statistical Council, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and the National Welfare Council were all told Thursday the money they receive from the federal government will expire at the end of this fiscal year.

204 comments on this article
http://goo.gl/GPyKp

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From Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

Latest Media and Policy News
http://goo.gl/mhGYY
April 2, 2012
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]

Federal Budget 2012
--- The Star: Ottawa axes National Council of Welfare
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Northumberland View: Cut to NCW will hurt low-income Canadians
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Globe: Tory war on information
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Rabble blog: Small minded budget


Recent release from the
National Council of Welfare
:

Profile of a Federal Fiscal Measure:
A Descriptive Study of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fbc=Y
April 13, 2012 (Release Date)
This statistical profile presents an overview of the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) elements and recipients in 2008. Using basic customized data information on WITB recipients, provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, it examines who received the WITB in 2008 broken down by those household types used in our Welfare Incomes series and broken down by WITB configurations, since calculations in Quebec, British Columbia and Nunavut differ from the federal model.

English
HTML version
:
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ilshtml@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fid=1
PDF version (64K, 8 pages):
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=eng&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=480&fid=1

Version française:

Profil d'une mesure fiscale fédérale : Étude descriptive de la prestation fiscale pour le revenu de travail (PFRT)
HTML:

http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ilshtml@-eng.jsp?lid=480&fid=2
PDF (68K, 8 pages):
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/servlet/wlfrpub?lang=eng&curjsp=l.3bd.2t.1.3ls@-eng.jsp&curactn=dwnld&lid=480&fid=2

Table of Contents:

What is the WITB?
• Highlights
Who received the Working Income Tax Benefit?
• Family types
• Recipients of the Working Income Tax Benefit and of social assistance
• Geographic variation
• Average Working Income Tax Benefit payment by type of family and model
• The maximum WITB payment
• Reporting earnings
• Median earnings versus base and maximum amounts for WITB eligibility
• Maximum income level for eligibility compared to poverty measures

Source:
National Council of Welfare (NCW)
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/

Also from the NCW:

January 30, 2012
* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=379
This special edition of Poverty Profile presents a statistical profile of racialized people living in poverty in Canada. Using data from the 2006 Census, it examines a variety of demographic and socio-economic characteristics such as age, language, immigrant status, education, employment and income. It also compares data from this group to non-racialized persons living in poverty.

* A Snapshot of Racialized Poverty in Canada - Statistical Tables
http://www.ncw.gc.ca/l.3bd.2t.1ils@-eng.jsp?lid=391
Data tables show breakdowns for selected variables for Canada, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.


Harper throws National Council of Welfare on the scrap heap
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1160732
April 12, 201
By Carol Goar
(...)
For a few days [after the recent federal budget], anti-poverty activists thought low-income Canadians had been spared. By the time they discovered the truth, all they could do was mourn the demise of another once-proud social agency.
Since 1962*, the National Council of Welfare had held up a mirror to the nation, highlighting the pockets of poverty and warning policy-makers of the consequences of neglecting those in need. It gave non-profit groups the facts they needed to speak credibly about hardship in a land of plenty. It tracked the emergence and growth of a crack in society between the comfortably well-off and the struggling. And it brought together social policy thinkers to find solutions to poverty — or at least keep the debate alive. Now it’s gone. Kellie Leitch, parliamentary secretary to the minister of human resources, dismissed the loss offhandedly. “We are putting our policy resources to best use and reducing duplication,” she said, pointing to Campaign 2000 and Canada Without Poverty as high-profile non-profit organizations serving the same role.
Actually they don’t...
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* NOTE : In other media accounts about the Council, you'll often see 1969 as the startup date for the Council. In fact, the Council was created when Conservative John Diefenbaker was Canadian Prime Minister in 1962 as a federal-provincial Deputy-Minister-level advisory body on matters pertaining to the welfare of Canadians. In 1969, the Council was re-shaped into a citizens' advisory body reporting to the federal minister responsible for welfare in Canada (In 1969, that was John Munro, who was then Minister of Health and Welfare).

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[ 34 Comments about this article:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1160732#comments ]

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

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From the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):
http://www.childcarecanada.org

Federal budget March 2012 and responses
http://goo.gl/Cxtiu
30 Mar 2012 | Canada
On March 26, 2012 the federal government tabled their 2011 budget. CRRU has gathered links to the federal budget documents, a selection of responses from child care, social policy and labour groups, as well as media coverage analyzing the budget.
- incl. analysis by : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Campaign 2000 - Canadian Union of Public Empoloyees, 29 Mar 12 - Public Service Alliance of Canada

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From Canada Without Poverty:

Federal budget submission: We need action on poverty
September 22, 2011
[ Version française (fichier PDF - 140K, 3 pages) ]

Canada Without Poverty today publicly released its 2012 Pre-budget Submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee, for comment and discussion in advance of hopeful opportunity to have discussion with the Committee this fall. The release is also in advance of two major events of Canada Without Poverty at the end of September, in part to increase public discussion on economic and social rights such as the right to food, housing and social security.

Complete submission (PDF - 442K, 5 pages)
Two-part recommendation for the federal government:
(1) to set targets and timelines for poverty reduction and elimination, and
(2) to study all fiscal mechanisms, federal as well as intergovernmental, available to help reach these targets and lay out options for the committee’s consideration and consultation.

Source:
Canada Without Poverty
Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.

Ontario Budget 2012 - March 27, 2012

From the Ontario Ministry of Finance:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/

2012 Ontario Budget : Strong Action for Ontario
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/
March 27, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

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Plan to Balance the Budget, Create Jobs, Protect Education and Health Care
http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2012/03/strong-action-for-ontario.html
News Release

March 27, 2012
The 2012 Ontario Budget includes a deficit elimination plan that reduces program spending growth and contains costs by $17.7 billion over the next three years, while increasing revenues by $4.4 billion without raising taxes.
This is serious action for a serious time and puts Ontario on track to eliminate the deficit by 2017-18.

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Budget Speech
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/statement.html

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2012 Ontario Budget: Contents
* HTML version
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/papers_all.html
* PDF version (5MB, 332 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/papers_all.pdf

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NOTE : The section entitled Children's and Social Services includes the key points
with respect to the social assistance rate freeze and the delay in payments under the
Ontario Child Benefit.
Here's where you can find those references:

HTML : http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/ch1.html#c1_strong
PDF : (starting on p. 43) http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/papers_all.pdf

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2012 Ontario Budget: Highlights
* HTML version:
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/budhi.html
* PDF version (1.2MB, 2 pages)
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/budhi.pdf

Backgrounders:

* Ontario's Economic Outlook and Fiscal Plan
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk1.html

* Public Sector Compensation
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk2.html

* Balancing the Budget
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk1.html

* A Fair and Efficient Drug System
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2012/bk1.html


TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Ontario Budget:

Restoration (PDF - 708K, 5 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/on12.pdf

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]


New from the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Ontario Budget 2012 - May 2012 AnalysisNEW
(after negotiations between the Ontario Liberals and NDP)
http://www.incomesecurity.org/OntarioBudget2012.htm
The Ontario budget will have a large negative impact on people on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Direct benefits to people on OW and ODSP are being cut by the largest amount since the current government was elected in 2003. The budget process was different than usual this year, because the government holds a minority of seats in the Ontario Legislature and had to negotiate with the opposition to get support for the budget. After the dust has settled from these negotiations, our most recent analysis of the impact of the budget on people on OW and ODSP was circulated May 23, 2012.

Read our May 2012 analysis here (Microsoft Word file - 78K, 3 pages):
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/OntarioBudget2012-UpdatedAnalysis.doc

This document reviews and analyses the impact of these decisions made in the budget:
1. OW and ODSP Rates: 1% increase
2. Ontario Child Benefit implementation delayed
3. Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) ends Jan 2013
4. Home Repairs Benefit ends Jan 2013
5. Cap on health-related discretionary benefits for OW and ODSP
6. Move toward integrating employment supports under Employment Ontario
7. Centralizing collection of outstanding debts

Version française:
http://www.incomesecurity.org/documents/OntarioBudget2012-UpdatedAnalysis_french.doc

After the NDP and the Liberals negotiated a deal around
the budget, we commented in the Toronto Star on April 24, 2012:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1167426

On the same day that the Liberals presented their budget in the Ontario legislature (March 27), we created an initial analysis:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=2c97d3695a&e=f67f28a7b9

Just before the Liberals presented their budget, they announced in the media that OW and ODSP rates would be frozen this year, and that the implementation of the maximum Ontario Child Benefit would be delayed by a year.
Read our March 26 press release here:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=130ab2367a

Source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre

http://www.incomesecurity.org/


The Ottawa Perspective:

Commentary on the 2012 Ontario BudgetNEW
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/budgets_2012.htm#linda_lalonde
May 29, 2012
By Linda Lalonde
Co-chair, Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network

Yesterday (May 29), Linda forwarded the above revised Ontario Budget 2012 analysis by ISAC to her Ottawa mailing list - including me, Gilles - along with her own comments about the ISAC analysis and the outcome of negotiations between the Ontario ruling Liberal minority and the New Democratic Party to avoid a snap election over the Budget.
Click the link above to access the Ontario Budget 2012 analysis by Linda.
(With the author's permission...)

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Here's the complete text of Linda's commentary to her mailing list:

"Hi folks,

Here's ISAC's analysis of the effects of the 2012 Ontario Budget on folks receiving assistance. I've read through their document and, although I'm not entirely in agreement with their interpretation, they are on track with the areas of concern.

There was never any intention to increase the Ontario Child Benefit this year which is what you might think reading ISAC's wording choice. It was supposed to go up in 2013 and that increase has been split so part of it happens in 2013 and the remainder in 2014. So, while there will be a smaller increase in 2013, there is no change in the plan for 2012. This means we have until next year's budget to change their minds on this. What it does mean is that, unless we can change their minds, the increases for 2013 and 2014 are already pre-determined and smaller than they could have been. And that's before you consider that their target they are aiming to reach, now by 2014, is still not an adequate amount and wasn't in 2010 before food prices went through the roof.

One thing that you may notice is the remarkable similarity between the amount added to OW/ODSP cheques and the amount cut from the Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) - it's $55M in both cases. What this means is that the increase to people's monthly cheques has been funded by an equivalent decrease in another area. Remember to mention this to your MP when they go on about how they are "giving" an increase to people on assistance at a time when other people are being held to 0% increases! Taking the money out of someone's back pocket to hand it back to them to put in their front pocket is not giving an increase!!

The changes to discretionary benefits are going to be devastating to municipalities and this is where we need to put our energies right now, both provincially and locally. This will mean more than $5M for Ottawa although the exact numbers aren't available yet. Add to that the 50% cut to CSUMB and its move out of Social Services to Housing which will make more people eligible to use it and we have a problem.

At the same time, the federal government has announced that they will cut health care funding to refugees except for very serious conditions. If the province doesn't cover them both their medical costs and the costs of the consequences of them not having medical care may well land on the city's shoulders.

When people have less money in their pockets, they can't afford the things they did before. A 1% increase in social assistance, coming from the same government that gave landlords permission to increase rents by 3%, is actually a decrease in spending power. The ways that will be felt in the community are increased use of food banks and meal programs, increased evictions and shelter use, increased interventions and apprehensions by CAS, increased counselling requests and increases to other similar social programs. Most of these added costs are picked up at the end of the day by the municipal government and the community. There will also be increases to health costs both immediately and down the road.

Looking at Ottawa as an example, if you've followed the city's budget process over the last few years, you know that losing $5M +++ that was coming in from the province is going to be a serious issue. You only have to look at the ability the city had to add $14M annually in housing and poverty reduction programming when the province uploaded costs in 2011 to know what the effect of new downloading will be. And although the province calls it something else, it is downloading of social service and health costs from the province to the municipality.

I don't know yet what the municipalities' responses to this will be but I do know that we need to rally behind them and do whatever we can to stop any more downloading. It may put the province in a better financial state but what will it do to your community's finances? And remember that municipalities, unlike the province, can't run a deficit to accommodate these mid-year changes. Maybe we need to add a 1.5% tax increase to the municipal budgets and call it the provincial download tax!! That way people would understand what these changes will cost the municipality and local residents.

The Ontario budget - the gift that keeps on taking!!

By Linda Lalonde

Further information:
linda_lalonde_ottawa@yahoo.com


Hamilton covering $1.8m in provincial cuts to welfare recipients
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/724221
May 14, 2012
By Emma Reilly
The City of Hamilton will pick up the tab for $1.8 million worth of healthcare and support for needy Hamiltonians to fill a gap left by provincial budget cuts.
Councillors on the emergency and community services committee voted unanimously to shoulder the cost of some benefits for Ontario Works recipients. These benefits -- which are called "discretionary benefits" because the city isn't provincially mandated to provide them -- cover things like funerals, glasses, dental care, cribs and baby supplies.
(...)
In this year's provincial budget, the province put a cap on the amount of money it gives to municipalities to fund discretionary benefits. The cap meant the city had to choose between to scaling back the assistance it provides to people on Ontario Works or absorb the extra cost.

Source:
The Hamilton Spectator

http://www.thespec.com/


Ontario budget 2012: Andrea Horwath insists on surtax for wealthy
http://goo.gl/NCccc
12 Apr 2012 | Ontario
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
http://www.childcarecanada.org


From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:

Ontario budget 2012: Andrea Horwath insists on surtax for wealthy
http://goo.gl/NCccc
12 Apr 2012 | Ontario

Latest Media and Policy News
http://goo.gl/mhGYY
April 2, 2012
[Click the link above to access any of the articles below.]

Ontario Budget 2012
--- Have your say on Budget 2012 - click here to take action
--- Carol Goar column: Requiem for a Caring Province
--- Freeze to social assistance rates and OW health benefit cuts will hurt people with HIV/AIDS
--- Fred Hahn letter in the Ottawa Citizen
--- Parents decry lack of child care funding
--- Eugene Lang says this was a progressive budget
--- The Spec says some things just don't make sense
--- NOW reports on critical responses

Source:
Jennefer Laidley
Income Security Advocacy Centre
http://www.incomesecurity.org/

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Also from Jennefer Laidley:

ISAC’s initial analysis of what
Ontario’s 2012 Budget means for people on social assistance
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=2c97d3695a
27 March 2012
The 2012 Ontario Budget is deeply disappointing for the nearly 900,000 men, women, and children in Ontario who currently rely on Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program for income and other necessary benefits.

Selected reactions to the Budget:

A report saying that the Premier is “open to budget suggestions” from the opposition parties:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/03/28/ontario-budget-political-reaction.html

The NDP wants reactions to the Budget
http://www.ondpcaucus.com/yoursay/
Andrea Horwath’s Facebook page says: “McGuinty listened to Drummond, now we're listening to you. Have your say. We need to know if this is a budget you can live with, and what kinds of changes you would like to see. What do you like about the budget? What do you dislike about it? If we defeat this budget, we may have an election this spring. Are you ready for an election? Please forward the link below to others. You can also call 1-855-ONT-BDGT (668-2348) to let us know your thoughts. Decisions made on this budget will have real, tangible impacts on the lives of everyday Ontarians so we must be careful to consider this seriously. Ultimately, it’s up to Dalton McGuinty to decide whether he wants to make a minority government work or force an election. Our plan is to put you first.”

Here are some group / organization / labour reactions:

ISAC:
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=2c97d3695a&e=f67f28a7b9

Ontario Campaign 2000:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/index.html

CCPA:
http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/03/27/completing-the-job-started-by-mike-harris/

Wellesley Institute:
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/news/ontario-budget-2012-duncan-chooses-path-that-hurts-the-poorest-ontarians/

People for Education:
http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/ontario-budget-includes-cuts-to-education-funding/

Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario:
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945081/-education-premier-fails-students-in-budget-2012

Great story in the Star with reaction from Dr. Gary Bloch from Health Providers Against Poverty:
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1152827--toronto-doctor-worries-budget-cuts-will-affect-poor-patients-the-most

Health Providers Against Poverty
http://goo.gl/od6dA

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario:
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945185/nurses-condemn-attack-on-vulnerable-persons-to-rein-in-spending

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE):
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1636937.htm

Society of Energy Professionals:
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945649/energy-professionals-response-to-duncan-budget

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/639327

Canadian Auto Workers (CAW):
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945183/ontario-budget-fails-to-live-up-to-election-promises-says-caw-president

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU):
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945215/-one-per-cent-budget-fails-ontario-opseu

Ontario Federation of Labour:
http://ofl.ca/index.php/news/index_in/oflontario_budget_delivers_billions_to_bankers_but_job_loss_and_deep_cuts_f/

Elementary Teachers’ Federation:
http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/945203/austerity-budget-punishing-ontarians-for-a-deficit-they-didn-t-create-etfo

Erin Weir / Steelworkers:
http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2012/03/27/ontario-budget-emulates-drummond/

Conference Board of Canada:
http://www.conferenceboard.ca/topics/economics/budgets/ontario_2012.aspx

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March 26-27 (pre-budget) media scan - also from Jennefer at ISAC:

Some responses to the Premier’s announcement that social assistance rates
will be frozen for one year, and the Ontario Child Benefit implementation delayed:

Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC):
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=130ab2367a

Ontario Campaign 2000:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/Ontario/

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/639327

And in the news:

Lead editorial in The Star – “Ontario Targets the Poor”:
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1152203--ontario-targets-the-poor-by-freezing-welfare-and-delaying-child-benefit-increase

Great op-ed from Tom Cooper in The Spec:
http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/694076--budget-austerity-is-hungry-children-in-hamilton

Cornwall woman worried about cuts:
http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3515093

Concern from St. Catherines:
http://www.610cktb.com/news/local/Story.aspx?ID=1676387

Freeze gets icy reception in St. Catherines:
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2012/03/27/social-assistance-freeze-gets-icy-reception

Kitchener woman “beyond angry”:
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/694245--kitchener-woman-beyond-angry-at-liberals-for-freezing-social-assistance-rates

Sudbury Social Planning’s Janet Gasparini “deeply disappointed”:
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2012/03/26-social-assistance-freeze-sudbury.aspx

Freeze will impact London food bank:
http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/26/19552296.html

Surprise in North Bay:
http://blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/ckatnews/2012/03/26/reaction-to-impending-freeze-in-social-assistance-rates/

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From the
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

Ontario budget: Child benefit increase being delayed and social assistance rates frozen
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1151781
March 26, 2012
By Robert Benzie
Social assistance rates are being frozen and a planned increase in the Ontario Child Benefit delayed as the province tries to reduce its $16 billion deficit, Premier Dalton McGuinty says. McGuinty warned that Finance Minister Dwight Duncan’s budget on Tuesday will be the “toughest” since the Liberals were elected in 2003.
(...)
About one in seven children in the province — or 393,000 — still live in poverty, according to a recent report by Ontario Campaign 2000.

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From the
Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

Ontario’s budget will include welfare freeze: McGuinty
http://goo.gl/TH0xB
March 25, 2012
Ontario's cash-strapped Liberals are freezing welfare and delaying planned increases to the Ontario Child Benefit in Tuesday's budget to help slay a $16-billion deficit. Social assistance, which includes Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, will be frozen for a year, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Sunday.

349 comments on this article
http://goo.gl/puU6F

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From the
Wellesley Institute:

Freezing welfare: The wrong decision at the wrong time
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/health-care/freezing-welfare-the-wrong-decision-at-the-wrong-time/
March 26, 2012
By Steve Barnes
Yesterday Premier McGuinty announced that social assistance rates will be frozen for a year and that the scheduled $200 increase in the Ontario Child Benefit will be reduced to $100, with the remaining $100 being delayed until July 2014. These choices, which the Premier claims are not aimed to reducing the provincial deficit “on the backs of families who may find themselves in difficult circumstances for the time being or on the backs of our children,” will have negative and inequitable health outcomes for the most vulnerable in our society, and particularly for women and children.
(...)
What is also concerning about yesterday’s announcement was that it preempted the work of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, which is due to report to the government in June. The Commission’s most recent discussion paper, to which the Wellesley Institute responded, set out adequacy, fairness, and work incentives as three competing priorities that must be balanced against one another. The Premier has sent a message to the Commission that adequacy is no longer on the table, and his decision will increase unfairness and inequality.

Source:
Wellesley Institute
http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com

The Wellesley Institute is a non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute that focuses on finding solutions to problems of urban health disparities.

New Brunswick Budget 2012 - March 27, 2012

From the
Government of New Brunswick:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en.html

New Brunswick 2012-2013 Budget
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2012/index-e.asp
March 27, 2012
Finance Minister Blaine Higgs tabled the 2012-2013 Budget in the Legislative Assembly March 27, 2012. The budget addresses the fiscal challenges facing this province by reducing the deficit by more than half without raising the HST or personal income tax.
- main budget page, includes links to budget documents
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Version française de la page du budget:
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2012/index-f.asp
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Budget Speech (PDF - 924K, 30 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2012/Budget_2012-13_Final-E.pdf

News Release
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2012.03.0257.html

Economic Outlook (PDF - 268K, 12 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2012/2012-13EconOut_E_FINAL.pdf

Main Estimates (PDF - 2MB, 284 pages)
http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2012/ME2012-13.pdf


TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 NB Budget:

Deficit addressed but debt challenge still looms (PDF - 644K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/nb12.pdf
March 28, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]


From
Huffington Post Canada
:

At Budget Time, the Poor Get Ignored
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/hassan-arif/budget-2012-poor_b_1390150.html
April 2, 2012
In times of budget deficits, austerity frequently becomes the buzzword with cuts to social programs, the civil service, and balancing the budget in strict mathematical terms. The programs often most readily cut are those designed to help the poorest and most vulnerable -- as this group has less resources to organize itself politically and lobby governments.

This tendency is true of governments of various political stripes, the Chretien Liberals abolished Canada's national housing program [ http://goo.gl/K0mxf ] -- making Canada the only industrialized country without a national public housing program -- in the 1990s while, more recently, the Alward Conservatives here in New Brunswick have been rolling back provisions of the last government's poverty reduction program [ http://goo.gl/IOzbR ]. Cutting programs that help the poor may be politically expedient, but it is not morally right, and fiscally can have disastrous consequences.

Source:
Huffington Post Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/


Saskatchewan Budget 2012 - March 21, 2012

Saskatchewan 2012-13 Provincial Budget
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2012-13
March 21, 2012
- main budget page, includes links to all budget papers

Budget 2012-13 : Keeping the Saskatchewan Advantage
Balanced Budget and Sustainable Spending Will Keep Saskatchewan Economy Strong
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/budget2012-13
March 21, 2012
News Release
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz today tabled a balanced budget that improves access to health care and makes life more affordable for Saskatchewan citizens while ensuring spending on government services remains affordable and sustainable.
- main budget page, includes links to all budget documents

Budget Address (PDF - 132K, 30 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/BudgetSpeech2012-13.pdf

Budget highlights (PDF - 304K, 2 pages)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/BudgetHighlights2012-13.pdf
* A Balanced Budget and a Growing Economy
* Better Access to Health Care
* Improved Quality of Life
* Making Life More Affordable

Selected backgrounders pertaining
to social services in Saskatchewan:

* Social Services - Housing (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSHousingNR.pdf

*Social Services - Children and Youth Agenda (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSSCYABackgrounder.pdf

* Social Services - Quality of Life (small PDF file)
http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/Budget2012-13/SSQualityofLifeBackgrounder.pdf

Source:
Saskatchewan Finance

http://www.finance.gov.sk.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Saskatchewan Budget:

Growth Management (PDF - 640K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/sk12.pdf
March 22, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics:
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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Selected media coverage:

From CBC News:

Budget 2012: Saskatchewan spends $11B
March 23, 2012
Finance Minister Ken Krawetz unveiled the Saskatchewan 2012 provincial budget on March 21.

* Saskatchewan budget combines cuts, more spending
The Saskatchewan government has unveiled an $11.3-billion budget that's a bit like the fictional creature in the Dr. Doolittle books — an animal with a head on both ends. Like the Pushmi-pullyu, the government's 2012-2013 spending plan appears to go in two different directions, with a 4.7 per cent increase in spending at the same time some programs are being cut, fees are being hiked and jobs are being shed.

More CBC coverage of SK Budget 2012:
http://goo.gl/cbVjl
I didn't find these links relevant enough to include here, but if you're interested, click the link in the previous line and select a link from the following:
* Sask. eliminates film subsidy
* New InSecurity shows won't be done in Sask., producer vows
* Scrum time at the Saskatchewan Legislature
* Notes on a budget press release
* Budget tweets keep coming
* Sask. to try out passing lanes
* REPLAY: Post-budget chat
* Sask. budget Your Say questions

Quebec Budget 2012 - March 20, 2011

NOTA : tous les liens vers le budget du Québec ci-dessous sont offerts en français sur la page de liens vers les programmes sociaux du Québec:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm

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From the
Government of Québec:

Budget 2012-2013
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/index_en.asp
March 20, 2012
Finance Minister Raymond Bachand delivered the 2012-2013 Budget Speech on March 20, 2012.
- incl. Budget at a Glance and links to all budget documents (including those below)

Selected budget documents:

Press releases (small PDF files):

* 2012-2013 Budget - A Budget With No New Taxes for Quebecers
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/Communique_1en.pdf

* 2012-2013 Budget - Public Finances Under Control: Staying the Course Towards a Balanced Budget in 2012-2013
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/Communique_2en.pdf

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Budget Speech (PDF - 48 pages, 766 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/speech.pdf

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2012-2013 Budget Plan (PDF - 500 pages, 2.30 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/budgetplan.pdf

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Additional Information on the Fiscal Measures of the Budget (PDF - 116 pages, 1.01 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/additionnalinfo.pdf

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Budget at a Glance (PDF - 16 pages, 3.33 Mb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/budgetglance.pdf

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Budget papers:

Québec and the Fight against poverty : Social Solidarity (PDF - 40 pages, 757 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/poverty.pdf
Table of contents:
* The gap between rich and poor
--- Québec is a more egalitarian society
--- Since 2003, inequality has diminished in Québec
* Poverty
--- Since 2003, the low-income rate for families has declined markedly in Québec
--- The low-income rate observed in Québec is one of the lowest in Canada
Appendix 1 : The measures that Québec has adopted to combat poverty: $4.4 billion between 2004 and 2010 .
Appendix 2 : Additional Indicators

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Quebecers and their disposable income:
Greater wealth for all
(PDF - 764K, 48 pages)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/income.pdf

"The government has taken many initiatives concerning the tax system, taxes and fees.
A set of fiscal measures have increased the disposable income of Québec households.
— These measures were designed to help families, reduce poverty and support economic growth.
— Measures the Québec government has put in place include Child Assistance, the work premium, the deduction for workers, the $950-million tax reduction in January 2008 and the solidarity tax credit.
— The federal government also implemented tax relief."

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Québec and Its seniors:
More support for Growing old at Home
(PDF - 60 pages, 801 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/seniors.pdf
* More seniors, in better health and more active
* Support for seniors through community-based projects
* Health services better adapted to the needs of seniors
* Affordable, safe and adapted housing for seniors
*Enhanced tax assistance to help seniors remain in their home

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Quebecers and their retirement:
Accessible plans for all
(PDF - 32 pages, 915 Kb)
http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/Budget/2012-2013/en/documents/retirement.pdf
* Ensure access to pension plans for all Quebecers
* Act to maintain our pension plans
* Implementation of voluntary retirement savings plans: the government is acting on its commitment

Source:
Ministère des finances
(English home page)
http://www.finances.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Quebec Budget:

The Penultimate Budget to the Return to Surplus (PDF - 668K, 4 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/qu12.pdf
March 20, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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From the
Montreal Gazette:

Quebec budget aims to pay down debt, offer aid to retirees
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Quebec+budget+stays+course/6331846/story.html
By Kevin Dougherty
March 21, 2012
QUEBEC – Finance Minister Raymond Bachand presented an “age-friendly” budget Tuesday offering tax breaks for those who stay on the job after 65, a new retirement savings plan for the two million Quebecers with no company pension plan and more aid for seniors staying in their own homes.
Source:
Montreal Gazette
http://www.montrealgazette.com/

More budget coverage from the Gazette:

* Interactive: The Quebec budget at a glance
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/quebec_budget.html

* Quebec budget highlights
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Quebec+budget+highlights/6331845/story.html

* $2.7B to help seniors stay in homes
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/help+seniors+stay+homes/6331901/story.html

* Tuition hikes not spared in budget
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Tuition+hikes+spared+budget/6331885/story.html

* Editorial: Liberals stake claim as fiscal managers
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Editorial+Liberals+stake+claim+fiscal+managers/6332744/story.html

* Don Macpherson: The Liberals take a risk
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Macpherson+Liberals+take+risk/6332748/story.html

Yukon Budget 2012 - March 15, 2012

Yukon Budget 2012

Yukon government budget promotes economy, manages prosperity
http://www.gov.yk.ca/news/12-044.html
News Release
March 15, 2012
WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon’s 2012-13 Capital and Operations and Maintenance budget, totaling $1.156 billion, was tabled in the legislative assembly today by Premier and Finance Minister Darrell Pasloski.

2012-2013 Budget Address [ PDF - 136.97 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_speech_e.pdf

2012-2013 Budget Highlights [ 64.37 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_highlights_e.pdf

2012-2013 Financial Information [ 440.16 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_fininfo_e.pdf

2012-2013 Projections [ 65.90 KB]
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/pdf/budget/2012_2013_longterm_e.pdf

2012-2013 Operation & Maintenance and Capital Estimates
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/2191.html

Budget Documents for curent and previous years (back to 1998-99)
http://www.finance.gov.yk.ca/general/publications.html

Source:
Government of Yukon
http://www.gov.yk.ca/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 Yukon Budget:

No budget analysis as at March 24, 2012.
Check the source link below for updates...

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics:
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/economics-index.jsp ]

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From CBC North:

Yukon government tables biggest budget ever in territory
Premier promises $80 million surplus in 2012 budget
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/03/16/north-yukon-government-budget-tabled-2012-pasloski-hanson.html
March 16, 2012
The Yukon government's 2012 budget was tabled in the legislature Thursday.
Yukon premier Darrell Pasloski’s first-ever budget revealed plans to spend more money than ever before by the territorial government. Pasloski plans to spend around $1.16 billion in the coming year with another $80 million left over as surplus. But around 90 per cent of that comes directly from Ottawa in the form of various transfers

Alternative Federal Budget 2012 : A Budget for the Rest of Us - March 15, 2012
(Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
releases Alternative Federal Budget 2012

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ccpa-releases-alternative-federal-budget-2012
News Release
March 15, 2012
Today, the CCPA releases the Alternative Federal Budget 2012: A Budget for the Rest of Us. This year's AFB presents a public investment plan that promotes a better quality of life for all Canadians, not just an elite few.

The AFB is designed to:
* tackle poverty and income inequality by investing in public programs like education, affordable housing, public pensions, universal pharmacare, and national child care;
* get Canadians working again by creating jobs and lowering the unemployment rate;
* close tax loopholes for the wealthy, and put an end to the federal government’s failed corporate tax cut experiment;
* get serious about environmental leadership with a forward-looking green strategy;
* repair our cities and build sustainable communities with a long-term physical infrastructure program.
The full budget document, two page summary, and infographics are available in both English and French.

See also:

Think tank calls on feds to scrap spending cut plans
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/think-tank-calls-feds-scrap-spending-cut-plans
March 15, 2012

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NOTA : Ces documents sont disponibles en français a l'adresse suivante:
Alternative Budgétaire Pour le Gouvernement Fédéral 2012
Un budget pour le reste d'entre nous

http://www.policyalternatives.ca/abgf2012
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Alternative Federal Budget 2012
A Budget for the Rest of Us
(PDF - 1.6MB, 202 pages)
http://goo.gl/uQsDE
From its beginnings, the fundamental premise of Alternative Federal Budget is that budgets are about choices and choices reflect the values and priorities of those who make them. The afB starts from a set of social justice values—human dignity and freedom, fairness, equality, environmental sustainability and the public good-embraced by representatives of a broad spectrum of civil society organizations: labour, environment, anti-poverty, church, students, teachers, education and health care, cultural, social development, child development, women, disability, Aboriginal, etc
[Excerpt, p. 198]

Thirsty for Change?
AFB 2012 Infographics
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/ThirstyforChange
Budgets are about choices that reflect a government's values and priorities. With a $250 billion federal budget, the Harper Government could choose to invest in programs like national child care and universal pharmacare—instead, their priorities include tax loopholes for the wealthy, subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, and military spending. Are you thirsty for change?

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

Related link:

Federal Budget 2012: It’s time to address income inequality, think-tank says
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1146302
March 15, 2012
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—The Harper government should use the March 29 budget to address growing income inequality, says an Ottawa think-tank in a pre-budget analysis being released Thursday. “Income inequality in Canada is at a 30-year high, rising at a faster pace than in the U.S.,” says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in a study entitled “A Budget for the Rest of Us.”
(...)
“The federal government is enacting deep cuts to public programs, ostensibly to reduce the deficit, while also cutting tax rates for highly profitable corporations. There’s a better way,” the CCPA says.

Source:
Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/

Nunavut Budget 2012 - February 22, 2012

From the
Nunavut Ministry of Finance:

Nunavut budgets main page
http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/apps/authoring/dspPage.aspx?page=budgets
This page contains links to the 2012 Nunavut budget papers (Budget Address - Highlights - Supplementary Information - Main Estimates - Capital Estimates - Supplementary Appropriations) and links to earlier budgets back to 2003.

February 22, 2012
2012-13 Budget Address (PDF - 328K, 10 pages)
http://goo.gl/CLtZd

2012-13 Budget Highlights (PDF - 256K, 2 pages)
http://goo.gl/O62GK

Source:
Nunavut Department of Finance

http://www.finance.gov.nu.ca/

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Related link:

Nunavut forecasts $37.7M surplus
Finance Minister said territory still faces financial challenges
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/22/north-nunavut-budget.html
February 22, 2012
After several consecutive deficit budgets, Nunavut’s finance minister announced a $37.7 million surplus. Keith Peterson said, while that is good news, the forecast depends on the territory’s ability to collect on its predicted revenues and to control spending. "We must remain vigilant about our fiscal situation," he said to the legislative assembly. More than 90 per cent of Nunavut’s revenue comes from the federal government. He said Ottawa could change the amount of money it gives the territory, and the economy might not grow as quickly as expected.
- incl. Housing crisis - Health care gets most funding - Education, debt limit mentioned in budget

Source:
CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/

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- Go to the Nunavut Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nunavut.htm

British Columbia Budget 2012 - February 21, 2012

From the
British Columbia Ministry of Finance:

British Columbia Budget 2012
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/default.htm
February 21, 2012
- includes links to all news releases, backgrounders, budget highlights, Ministry Services Plans, and much more...
Source:
BC Ministry of Finance
http://www.gov.bc.ca/fin/

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Budget 2012 News Release (PDF - 148K, 3 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/newsrelease/2012_News_Release.pdf
February 21, 2012
VICTORIA — Budget 2012 lays a firm foundation for the future, putting British Columbia on the right path to eliminate the deficit, protect public services, and build a more competitive economy that attracts jobs and investment, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced today. Budget 2012 shows the deficit forecast for 2011-12 improved by $594 million over second Quarterly Report projections to $2.5 billion. The Province forecasts a deficit of $968 million in 2012-13, and surpluses of $154 million in 2013-14 and $250 million in 2014-5. Over the next three years, government will contain spending growth to an annual average of two per cent while continuing to protect health and education funding

Budget and Fiscal Plan (PDF - 2.9MB, 162 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/bfp/2012_Budget_Fiscal_Plan.pdf
- main budget document, lays out the Province’s three-year fiscal plan, including economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions.

Budget Highlights (PDF - 624K, 4 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/highlights/2012_Highlights.pdf
- reader-friendly, plain-language overview of Budget 2012

Budget Speech (PDF - 240K, 17 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/speech/2012_Budget_Speech.pdf
- the Finance Minister's address to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Budget Backgrounders (small PDF files):

••• Fiscal Plan 2012/13 – 2014/15
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/backgrounders/2012_Backgrounder_1.pdf

••• Budget 2012 - Tax savings for B.C families
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/backgrounders/2012_Backgrounder_2.pdf

••• Budget 2012 supports B.C Jobs Plan
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/backgrounders/2012_Backgrounder_3.pdf

First-Time New Home Buyers' Bonus Fact Sheet: (small PDF file)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/homebuyers/2012_First_Time_Home_Buyers_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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From the Budget 2012 Ministry Service Plans page:
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/serviceplans.htm
[Click the link above to access plans for all BC Ministries]

Selected Ministry Plans:

* Ministry of Social Development 2012/13– 2014/15 Service Plan (PDF - 1MB, 24 pages)
(Ministry responsible for welfare)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/sp/pdf/ministry/msd.pdf
February 2012

* Ministry of Children and Family Development (PDF - 236K, 24 pages)
http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2012/sp/pdf/ministry/cfd.pdf
February 2011

Source:
British Columbia Ministry of Finance:
http://www.gov.bc.ca/fin/

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TD Bank Economics
Analysis of the 2012 BC Budget:

Roadmap to Balance (PDF - 628K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/qu12.pdf
March 20, 2012

Source:
2012 Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Economics ]

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Analysis and media coverage

The false economy of BC Budget 2012:
deficit exaggerated to avoid spending on real problems

http://www.policynote.ca/bc-budget/
February 21st, 2012
By Iglika Ivanova
Today’s BC budget was simply titled Budget 2012. It broke with the tradition of ambitious-sounding titles we’ve seen in the last decade (such as 2010’s Building a Prosperous British Columbia budget), but that’s about all the change you’ll notice from the previous administration’s budgets. Despite the fact that this was hailed as the first budget released by Premier Clark, her opportunity to bring change and show what her family first agenda means in practice, there were no bold policy changes announced here.
Source:
Policy Note blog
http://www.policynote.ca/
CCPA BC Office
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/offices/bc
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/

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Liberal Credibility - Budget 2012
http://www.strategicthoughts.com/record2012/budget2012.html
February 21, 2012
When Finance Minister Kevin Falcon stood in the legislature February 21st to present his budget for 2012-13 and forecasts for two further years, he knew British Columbians won't see audited results until July 2013, two months after the election. Budgets are as much political statements as lists of figures...
Source:
David Schreck : Strategic Thoughts

http://www.strategicthoughts.com/

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B.C. budget 2012 : 'No one is immune,' says Finance Minister Falcon in introducing tight budget
http://goo.gl/5GP9n
By Cassidy Olivier
February 21, 2012
Determined to balance the books before the next election, B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon introduced a “disciplined” budget on Tuesday that will put a lock on spending, tax small businesses and sell off government assets.
Source:
The Province (Vancouver)

http://www.theprovince.com/

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Federal and Provincial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp
- links to analysis by TD Economics of each federal, provincial and territorial budget after it is tabled.
[The 2012 BC Budget analysis will be posted at this link when completed.]
Source:
2011 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets

http://www.td.com/economics/gov_finances.jsp
TD Economics

http://www.td.com/economics/

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- Go to the BC Government Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bcbkmrk.htm

Alberta Budget 2012 - February 9, 2012

Alberta Budget 2012: Investing in People
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/
February 9, 2012
The Government of Alberta is following through on its commitments to Albertans by responsibly investing in programs that support Albertans’ quality of life without raising taxes and positioning the province to balance the budget by 2013-14. Albertans have been clear about their priorities: health, education, jobs, services for seniors and our most vulnerable, infrastructure, communities and their children’s future. Budget 2012 delivers on those priorities.

Budget 2012 Quick Links:

Budget Speech Video: (45 minutes)
http://goo.gl/1EqLY

Budget Highlights
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/highlights/index.html

Budget 2012 News releases:
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/newsroom/index.html

* Budget 2012 invests in families, communities and supports for the vulnerable
http://alberta.ca/ACN/201202/31913640B0C90-D139-5FB2-9F8908B806C2D3BD.html

* Budget highlights (backgrounder)
http://alberta.ca/ACN/201202/31913640B0C90-D139-5FB2-9F8908B806C2D3BD.html#backgrounder

* Health investments deliver on Albertans’ priorities
http://alberta.ca/ACN/201202/319146439D6A3-F552-8E90-8723E5BC09AA5406.html

* From kindergarten to post-secondary, Alberta’s education systems receive predictable funding
http://alberta.ca/ACN/201202/31915643EAD08-C2A1-E98A-065B34E9A5521661.html

* Budget 2012 provides close to $5 billion in supports for vulnerable Albertans and seniors
http://alberta.ca/ACN/201202/31916644672F3-F3A1-2051-D18381AF304D7615.html

Government and Ministry business plans 2012-2015
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/details/index.html#busplans

[ Previous business plans by fiscal year:
http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/measuring/ministry-business-plans.html#previous ]

2012-13 Government and Legislative Assembly Estimates
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/details/index.html#estimates

Budget Documents & Quarterlies
For Fiscal Years 2001-02 to 2012-13
http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/budget/index.html

Source:
Alberta Budget 2012: Investing in People
http://budget2012.alberta.ca/

Related links:

TD Bank Financial Group
Analysis of the 2012 Alberta Budget

Spending Days Are Here Again (PDF - 620K, 3 pages)
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/budgets/ab12.pdf

Highlights

• Alberta will return to surplus in fiscal 2013-14 after five years of deficit. A positive balance of $952 million (0.3% of GDP) in fiscal 2013-14 is expected to jump to $5.2 billion (1.5% of GDP) in fiscal 2014-15.

• Expenditures are ratcheted up in both fiscal 2012-13 and 2013-14, with the bulk of the spending increase resulting from new commitments in health care. Increased funding is made available to nearly all ministries. On the revenue side, there are no major tax initiatives. The brisk increase in revenue results from anticipated economic growth and from a surge in resource royalties.

• Budget projections show real GDP growth of almost 4% in 2012 and 2013, which is significantly above the private sector average and the TD Economics forecast. Other assumptions adopted by the budget about crude oil and natural gas prices are not much different from us.

Source:
2012 Federal, Provincial and Territorial Budgets
http://www.td.com/economics/analysis/canada/public-policy-government-finances/gov-finances.jsp
[ TD Bank Financial Group:
http://www.td.com/index.jsp ]

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2012 Alberta Budget
Elections and Budgets: Fact Sheets

http://goo.gl/e79cG
February 10, 2012
The ESPC has released its annual analysis of the Government of Alberta's 2012 Budget.

Highlights from this Fact Sheet include:

Ten Year Homeless Plan
Affordable Housing and Rents
Income Support (Alberta Works program)
Income Support (AISH)
Employment and Training Programs
Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Seniors Programs
Child Care
Child Intervention and Protection
Family Violence and Early Intervention

Source:
Edmonton Social Planning Council
http://www.edmontonsocialplanning.ca/

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Alberta Budget 2012: Big Spending, Ongoing Deficit
http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20120209/EDM_budget_120209/20120209/
February 9, 2012
The province is delivering another deficit budget for 2012/2013, eating through the majority of record-breaking revenue projections by significantly increasing overall spending. (...) Major beneficiaries of Budget 2012 – dubbed Investing in People – include low-income families and those who rely on Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) [ http://www.seniors.gov.ab.ca/AISH/ ].

A new $21 million initiative will see households qualify for full child care subsidies if total annual income is under $50,000. The previous threshold was $35,000.

Government officials believe this will affect approximately 26,000 children, with 4,000 families who already receive funding seeking increases, and between 3,000-5,000 new families applying for assistance.

Maximum allowances for daycare are $628 for infants between one-18 months, $546 for toddlers from 19 months-kindergarten and $310 for children in grades one to six. Funding for day homes will be $520, $437 and $310, respectively.

AISH funding is also increasing by $271 million, marking a 34 per cent funding spike. The 46,000 affected Albertans will see their monthly assistance rise from $1,188 to $1,588 starting April 1st. Monthly income exemptions will also jump from $400 to $800 for single clients and from $975 to $1,950 for families.

Both the Liberals and the New Democrats believe the funding increases are about nothing more than gaining votes, and could be reversed after polls close this spring*.

Source:
CTV Edmonton

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/

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* The next Alberta election will take place
during Spring 2012 (exact date to be determined):
Section 3(1) of the Legislative Assembly Act directs that "No Legislative Assembly shall continue for longer than 5 years from the date fixed for the return of the writs at a general election of its Members." The Provincial General Election was held on March 3, 2008. Official results were announced and writs were returned on March 13, 2008. Therefore, the twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly shall not continue past March 13, 2013. A Provincial General Election would have to be called on or before Thursday, March 14, 2013. Polling Day would be twenty-eight days after the date the election is called.
Source:
Elections Alberta Common Questions

http://www.electionsalberta.ab.ca/Public%20Website/faq.htm

- Go to the Alberta Links page:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/abkmrk.htm

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