All Reports

Infrastructure Update: Investments in Territories

The report examines capital investments made by territories with the objective to identify the incremental impact of federal infrastructure funding on their capital spending in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Cost Estimate of an Increase in the Duration of Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits

This report provides a cost estimate for a measure that would extend the duration of employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits from 15 weeks to 50 weeks.

Costing of a 360-hour Eligibility Threshold for Sickness Benefits

This report provides a cost estimate for a measure that would reduce the eligibility threshold necessary to claim sickness benefits from 600 to 360 hours of insurable employment.

 

The impact of the Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement on prescription drug expenditures in Canada

This report estimates the additional pharmacy-dispensed prescription drug expenditures for Canadian consumers that would result from the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). A two-year extension of data protection for biologics will delay the introduction of biosimilars for some expensive drugs. This would likely keep prices higher than they otherwise would have been.

 

PBO’s Comments on Budget 2019

After reviewing the Budget documents, I would like to make a few observations on Budget 2019, tabled in the House of Commons on March 19, 2019.  I hope this will help parliamentarians as they prepare to debate this important document.

PBO Work Plan for 2019-20

Infrastructure Update: Investments in Provinces and Municipalities - Revised: Table 3-1

The report examines infrastructure investments made by provinces and some municipalities with the objective to identify the incremental impact of federal infrastructure funding on provincial and municipal capital investment.

Fiscal Analysis of the Interim F-18 Aircraft

This report presents a fiscal analysis of the Government of Canada’s purchase of 18 used F-18 aircraft from Australia.

The cost differential between three regimes of Veterans Benefits - Update: Get the code

The Government of Canada has had three different regimes for veterans benefits since 2006:  the Pension Act (up to 2006); the Veterans Well-being Act (from 2006 to 2019); and, Pension for Life (which takes effect on April 1, 2019).

Several parliamentarians requested that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) prepare an estimate of the fiscal cost of each of these regimes over the medium term.

Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline – Financial and Economic Considerations - Update

This report provides financial and economic analysis relating to the Government of Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Expansion Project and related assets.

Economic and Fiscal Monitor - February 2019

This report provides an in-year estimate of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 and the Government of Canada’s budgetary balance in 2018 19, based on data released since our October 2018 Economic and Fiscal Outlook, up to and including 8 February 2019.

Supplementary Estimates (B) 2018-19

This note presents a detailed analysis of the Government’s second supplementary estimates for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which seeks Parliament’s approval of $2.5 billion.

Labour Market Assessment 2018: Wage inequality – Update

This note updates selected results from our assessment published in October 2018, incorporating recently released data for the fourth quarter of 2018.

Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline – Economic and Financial Considerations

This report provides financial and economic analysis relating to the Government of Canada’s This report provides financial and economic analysis relating to the Government of Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Expansion Project and related assets.of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, Expansion Project and related assets.

Cost Estimate for Bill C-399 “Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act”

This report responds to a request of Mr. Tom Kmiec, the member for Calgary Shepard, to estimate the financial cost of Bill C-399, which broadens eligibility for the disability tax credit for persons spending extensive time on therapy to support their vital functions.

Costing 2018 Fall Economic Statement and Off-Cycle Measures

In preparation of the upcoming 2019 federal general election, PBO used the 2018 Fall Economic Statement as an opportunity to assess its existing capacity to cost a variety of policy initiatives within a short period of time.

PBO and Finance Canada Long-term Projection Comparison

Consistent with the PBO's legislated mandate, this report provides a comparison of long-term economic and fiscal projections prepared by Finance Canada and PBO in 2018.

Fall Economic Statement 2018: Issues for Parliamentarians

To assist parliamentarians in their pre-budget deliberations, this report identifies key issues arising from the Government’s Fall Economic Statement published on 21 November 2018.

Costing Irregular Migration across Canada's Southern Border

MP Larry Maguire (Brandon – Souris, CPC) requested the PBO to prepare an estimate of the total and projected costs to the federal government in managing the increase in irregular arrivals. This report presents an average unit cost per refugee claimant, based on the costs associated with the federal organizations involved in the asylum process, as well as a sensitivity analysis of future costs.

Cost Estimate of a Reduction in the Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate

This report responds to a request to provide the estimated fiscal cost of reducing the federal corporate income tax rate by 1 percentage point per year over 6 years. By the end of 6 years, this presents a combined federal-provincial statutory rate of 20.7%.