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VANCOUVER —  The BC government made some needed investments in its 2021 budget for COVID-19 recovery, but there is scarce new funding for major priorities like child care, housing and climate action says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
The public relations team in Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s office must have been high-fiving and smiling when they saw the news coverage of their boss’s first budget last week. “There are no savage cuts in the first Ford-Fedeli budget,” one columnist said. Another called the budget “centrist.” If you only cast a quick glance at mainstream news coverage — and that’s all many of us do — you might think the 2019 Ontario budget is a moderate one that “strikes a reasonable balance,” as one bank economist wrote.
In this submission, we highlight several key policy areas that demand immediate attention in Budget 2021, including investing in the care economy, implementing permanent Employment Insurance reform and moving ahead with a national decarbonization strategy, among other important issues. Major federal investments will be required to get through the next year, and the hopefully successful roll-out of a mass vaccination program.
On March 10th, 2021 in the Manitoba Legislature Question Period, Premier Pallister cited a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and claimed it found that “we (Manitoba) are second only to one other provincial government in supports for people during COVI
VANCOUVER — A one per cent tax on wealth over $20 million would generate nearly twice as much revenue as previously calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, money that could lift thousands of Canadians out of poverty and fund health, social and environmental programs says new research by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office. 
A version of this commentary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press February 2, 2021. A new report finds that Manitoba does not have plans to spend federal money now when its urgently needed during COVID-19.  Manitoba has fiscal room to do more to step up and provide needed funding and stimulate our local economy.
The report tracks which level of government picked up the tab for every COVID-19 program announced through Dec. 31, 2020, and also analyzes how the provinces are spending their share of federal transfers. Overall, 92 per cent ($343 billion) of COVID-19 direct spending initiatives, excluding liquidity and unallocated funds, came from the feds––compared to eight per cent ($31 billion) from provincial governments.
Le rapport indique quel ordre de gouvernement a payé la note pour chaque programme lié à la COVID-19 annoncé jusqu’au 31 décembre 2020 et analyse la façon dont les provinces dépensent leur part des transferts fédéraux. Dans l’ensemble, 92 % (343 milliards de dollars) des initiatives de dépenses directes liées à la COVID-19, à l’exclusion des fonds de liquidités et non attribués, provenaient du fédéral, comparativement à 8 % (31 milliards de dollars) qui provenaient des gouvernements provinciaux.
OTTAWA––Canada has earmarked $374 billion between federal and provincial governments in direct COVID-19 emergency spending, but almost every province is sitting on unspent funds, according to a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 
OTTAWA – Selon une nouvelle étude du Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (CCPA), bien que le Canada ait affecté 374 milliards de dollars entre les gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux aux dépenses d’urgence directes liées à la COVID-19, presque toutes les provinces disposent de fonds non dépensés.

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