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The report tracks which level of government picked up the tab for any COVID-19 program announced in each government’s 2021 spring budget, and also analyzes how the provinces are spending their share of federal transfers. Compared to the beginning of this year, provincial governments have kicked in more money to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are sitting on less unspent federal money.
OTTAWA—Compared to the beginning of this year, provincial governments have kicked in more money to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and are sitting on less unspent federal money, according to a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Friday June 18, 2021
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.
A more recent version of this report is availiable here.  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.

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