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Financial Burden of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

Out-of-pocket spending on health care amounts to approximately $32 billion annually in Canada. Tax policies have the potential to help alleviate the burden of out-of-pocket health care costs for Canadians. However, it is unclear whether current tax policies actually help lessen costs and improve access to health care for lower income Canadians. Current tax measures provide greater benefits to high-income earners.


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Employers Could Do More to Help Individuals Living With MS

Individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are often underemployed or unemployed, which is detrimental to their health, financial security, and the overall Canadian economy due to lost productivity. Increasing workforce participation of individuals living with MS and their caregivers would benefit not only the individual’s well-being, but also provide significant benefits to employers, government, and society as a whole.

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Lack of Business Investment Could Derail Canada’s Growth

While many manufacturing industries are operating near capacity, manufacturers of transportation equipment, wood products, food, primary metal, and paper products remain reluctant to invest. In order for exports to continue to drive economic growth, a pickup in non-energy investment aimed at improving capacity is needed. Without one, capacity limitations could put a damper on Canada’s recent economic momentum.

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Benchmarking Provincial Tax Burdens

The tax burden is a key factor that affects both the cost of living and the cost of doing business, and also impacts economic growth and wealth creation. In both business and personal taxation, Quebec has the highest tax burden among the provinces. On the business side, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador have the lowest net tax burden ratios. Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Manitoba have the lowest personal tax burden ratios.

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Connecting the Dots: Aligning Skills With Labour Needs

Despite Canada having one of the highest levels of educational attainment in the world, employers often voice concerns about a lack of skills among recent graduates. Our new study suggests that Canadian post-secondary institutions need to do a better job at matching their education programs to job market needs and arming graduates with employability skills.

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What Skills Do You Look for When You Hire Business Graduates?

We are undertaking a study to get a clearer picture of how business education in Canada is performing, what the future state of activity should look like, and what is needed to achieve stronger outcomes. If you are a business leader and employer of business school/program graduates, we encourage you to participate in this project. Your responses will help enhance business schools and programs across Canada—and the skills of graduates entering Canada’s workplaces.

CBoC Highlights

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Matthew Stewart explains why business investment is necessary for Canada’s economic growth on BNN. Thy Dinh identifies what can be done to support quality of life and successful employment for people affected by MS.
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Pedro Antunes discusses the impact of the Fort McMurray wildfires on the economies of Alberta and Canada. Marie-Christine Bernard discute de l’impact économique des feux de forêt de Fort McMurray sur les ondes de RDI.

In This Issue

  • Financial Burden of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses
  • Employers Could Do More to Help Individuals Living With MS
  • Lack of Business Investment Could Derail Canada’s Growth
  • Benchmarking Provincial Tax Burdens
  • Connecting the Dots: Aligning Skills With Labour Needs
  • What Skills Do You Look for When You Hire Business Graduates?

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