Category : Other Analysis

Budget 2012 Monitoring Framework Updated for August 2012

The spreadsheet presents official government expenditure data by Program Activity between April and August 2012.  The framework relies on non-public data collected by the Receiver General of Canada pertaining to program activity expenditures, as well as non-public data shared by federal organizations regarding budgetary adjustments to planned program activity spending.

As well, a new tab has been added enumerating the Government’s performance indicators and targets for each program activity.

PBO Seeks Federal Court Guidance (updated)

Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer referred questions to the Federal Court which seek the Court’s guidance as to whether work requested by the Leader of the Official Opposition is within the PBO’s jurisdiction. The work requested asks the PBO to analyze the Government’s Estimates to determine if the savings contemplated are achievable and/or have longer term fiscal implications. 

The PBO is hopeful that a decision from the Federal Court will clarify the scope of his mandate, which some have disputed. The PBO is committed to providing the Senate and the House of Commons with analyses on the state of the nation’s finances, the estimates of the government and trends in the national economy to the full extent he is able within his jurisdiction.

Budget 2012 Spending Reduction Monitoring Spreadsheet Updated

The Budget 2012 Spending Reduction Monitoring Spreadsheet has been updated to reflect six additional responses.

IR0080 - Compliance Status as of November 7, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status as of November 7, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status as of November 5, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status as of November 5, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status Summary as of 11 a.m. November 1, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status Summary as of 11 a.m. November 1, 2012

Actual Government Spending by Program Activity for the First Four Months of the Fiscal Year

As noted in earlier reports http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/files/get/resources/76?path=%2Ffiles%2Ffiles%2FComparative+PAA_Monthly_July+2012_bilingual.xlsx , the framework relies on non-public data collected by the Receiver General of Canada pertaining to program activity expenditures, as well as non-public data shared by federal organizations regarding budgetary adjustments to planned program activity spending.

Economic and Fiscal Outlook Update and An Assessment of Canada's Labour Market Performance released

Economic and Fiscal Outlook Update and An Assessment of Canada’s Labour Market Performance released

IR0080 - Compliance Status Summary as of October 26, 2012

IR0080 - Compliance Status Summary as of October 26, 2012

Fiscal Sustainability Report 2012 released September 27, 2012

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO)  released a new report entitled "Fiscal Sustainability Report 2012" (on the Web site at www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca).

This report provides PBO’s assessment of the sustainability of government finances by sector (i.e., federal and provincial-territorial-local governments as well as the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans) over the long term.

The report presents estimates of recent policy changes (to the Canada Health Transfer, departmental spending and the Old Age Security program) on the fiscal sustainability of the federal and provincial-territorial-local government sectors. The report also includes a sensitivity analysis that considers different fiscal policy assumptions as well as alternative demographic and economic projections.

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