They say that taxes are one of two absolutes in life. Taxes shape decisions of both individual Canadians and the businesses that employ them.
In a new report from the Centre for Tax Analysis, Fiscal Incentives and Competitiveness, The Conference Board of Canada compares the provinces' respective tax burdens on businesses and individuals. The analysis takes a look at each of the provinces, and covers different types of taxation:
- For businesses: corporate income taxes, social security contributions paid by employers, payroll taxes, property taxes, and provincial sales taxes and provincial segments of the HST.
- For personal taxation: personal income taxes, social security contributions paid by employees, property taxes, and provincial sales taxes and provincial segments of the HST.
Businesses locate themselves based on factors such as the availability of labour, the presence of adequate infrastructure and the cost of doing business—which includes the many forms of taxation. Individual choices about where to live and work are based on numerous economic, financial, social, cultural, environmental and educational factors, but the level of taxation is certainly part of that decision-making checklist. So how do the different areas of Canada measure up? Which province, in terms of taxation, is the best to live and work in Canada?