It’s time: Alberta needs a sales tax

Alberta is the only Canadian province without a sales tax. That needs to change. With its own sales tax, Alberta could afford to make important new investments in social programs. For example, it could hire more teachers, improve staffing levels in long-term care facilities and build more affordable housing. Without…
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Five things to know about the 2018 Federal Budget

Today’s federal budget, while not as transformative as last year’s, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness.Here are five things to know: New housing investments were announced for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. Specifically, today’s budget announced $600 million over three years for on-reserve housing; $400 million over…
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Ten things to know about homelessness in BC

On February 20, the British Columbia government will table its next provincial budget. With that in mind, it’s useful to reflect on the province’s homelessness crisis—along with the various public policy factors that have likely contributed to it. Here are 10 things to know: 1. Public operating spending by BC’s…
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Ten considerations for the next Alberta budget

On November 17, the working group of the Alberta Alternative Budget (AAB) sponsored a one-day workshop at the University of Alberta. The event’s main purpose was to discuss recent developments in Alberta public policy, as well as expectations for the upcoming Alberta budget. Twenty speakers presented in total. In light…
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Paying for progressive policy in Canada’s ‘oil rich’ provinces

To end homelessness, provincial and territorial governments need to adequately finance social spending—especially spending on affordable housing, social assistance, child benefits, and homelessness services. And any provincial government wanting to increase social spending needs a solid fiscal plan to get there. Here are 10 things to know about the fiscal…
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