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The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of 86 think-tanks. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute’s independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit fraserinstitute.org.Follow the Fraser Institute on Twitter | Like us on Facebook

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Historically long health-care wait times cost Canadians $1.7 billion last year

May 18, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians $1.7 billion—or $1,759 per patient—in lost wages and time last year, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Long wait times have real consequences for many Canadians who, in addition to experiencing increased pain and suffering, may lose income from not working and may also be unable to fully enjoy time spent with family and friends,” said Bacchus Barua, senior economist in the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Health Policy Studies and co-author of The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2017.

Per person government spending under Prime Minister Trudeau nearing record high, despite no recessio

May 11, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—This year, federal per person program spending under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nearly eclipsed the all-time high recorded during the 2009 recession, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Looking back at government spending in Canada since Confederation, this year stands out because unlike most other spending spikes, there’s no recession or war to explain it,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Prime Ministers and Government Spending: A Retrospective.

Ontario government adding billions in new debt, despite balanced budget

Apr 27, 2017 — Fraser Institute

TORONTO—The Ontario government is adding billions to the provincial debt with its 2017 budget, released today, and has failed to respond adequately to the daunting fiscal challenges still facing the province.

“The government may have finally presented a balanced operating budget after nine consecutive deficits, but it still plans to add billions more to the debt and the province’s finances are still in trouble,” said Ben Eisen, director of provincial prosperity studies at the Fraser Institute.

Today’s budget calls for $34 billion in new debt over the next three years.

Nearly eight in ten Canadians have used alternative medicines: survey

Apr 25, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—More and more Canadians are using complementary and alternative medicines and therapies—such as massage, yoga, acupuncture and chiropractic care—and they’re using them more frequently, finds a new survey by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Alternative treatments are playing an increasingly important role in Canadians’ overall health care, and understanding how all the parts of the health-care system fit together is vital if policymakers are going to find ways to improve it,” said Nadeem Esmail, Fraser Institute senior fellow and co-author of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Use and Public Attitudes, 1997, 2006 and 2016.

Ontario government adding $9 billion in debt next year, despite balanced budget pledge

Mar 30, 2017 — Fraser Institute

TORONTO—Ontario’s debt is expected to continue to grow—increasing by approximately $9 billion next year—despite the government’s promise to finally balance its budget this spring, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Even if Queen’s Park balances the budget, it will still add billions to the provincial debt with no end in sight,” said Ben Eisen, director of the Fraser Institute’s Ontario Prosperity Initiative and co-author of Hold the Celebration: A Balanced Budget Won’t End Ontario’s Fiscal Challenges.

Quebec’s subsidized daycare imposes real costs on taxpayers, limits choice for parents

Mar 28, 2017 — Fraser Institute

TORONTO—Quebec’s subsidized daycare program has produced skyrocketing costs along with worrying child development outcomes without eliminating wait times, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

The findings are especially important, given the federal government announced in the 2017 budget last week that it wants to create 40,000 subsidized daycare spots across Canada over the next three years.

Federal budget avoids hard decisions; continues uncertainty

Mar 22, 2017 — Fraser Institute

OTTAWA—With its largely status quo 2017 budget, the federal government has failed to chart a clear course for taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and businesses and risks making Canada even less competitive.

“This budget decided not to decide until President Trump decides, and that leaves taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and businesses guessing about what Canada’s economic policies will be,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Health-care spending more than doubled since 2001; projected to keep growing

Mar 14, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Health-care spending by provincial governments has increased by 116 per cent since 2001, and even though increases have slowed recently, health care is projected to consume an even larger portion of program spending over the next 15 years, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“Following more than a decade of marked health-care spending increases, Canadians may wonder why historically long wait times and a lack of access to doctors and life-saving equipment remain staples of Canadian health care,” said Bacchus Barua, senior economist for health-care studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada, 2017.

Governments across Canada ditching successful Chrétien era pro-growth policies

Mar 7, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley are rejecting the policies of previous Liberal and NDP governments that delivered economic benefits through balanced budgets, controlled government spending, and competitive taxes, finds a new book released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“During the 1990s and early 2000s, there was consensus among governments of all parties across Canada that balancing budgets, paying down debt, lowering taxes and smaller, smarter government was the best way to grow the economy, and it worked,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of End of the Chrétien Consensus?.

Vast majority of government infrastructure spending unlikely to grow economy

Mar 2, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports—projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

This finding corroborates a Senate committee report from earlier this week that encouraged Ottawa to make transportation and trade infrastructure a priority.

Public school spending increases spur deeper budget deficits

Feb 9, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Governments across Canada could have collectively saved $12.7 billion in 2013/14—and lessened their debt and deficit burdens—if they had restrained spending increases on public schools to changes in enrolment and overall prices (inflation) during the previous decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

For Canada’s 150th, warning signs that current federal deficit spending mirrors history

Feb 7, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—Since Confederation, excluding wartime and recessions, there has only been one period in Canada’s 150 year history when the federal government’s role in the economy—and society more broadly—substantially grew, which in turn plunged the nation into chronic deficits, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Fraser Institute ranked top think-tank in Canada, 11th best independent think-tank worldwide

Jan 31, 2017 — Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER—The Fraser Institute is once again the top think-tank in Canada and ranks in the top 20 among all think-tanks worldwide, according to the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index published by the University of Pennsylvania and recently released in Washington, D.C.

The annual index ranks the Fraser Institute first among nearly 100 think-tanks in Canada and 19th out of 6,846 think-tanks around the world.

Ontario’s costly coal phase-out did not significantly reduce air pollution—a lesson for

Jan 17, 2017 — Fraser Institute

TORONTO—Shuttering Ontario’s coal-fired power plants had very little effect on reducing air pollution, helped fuel skyrocketing energy costs, and should serve as a lesson to policymakers across the country, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan, Canadian public policy think-tank.