In 1991, federal public servants enjoyed a “pay premium” of 34% compared to the average weekly wage earned by individuals working in other occupations. In 2008, the gap was 59%.
As a percentage of available renewable resources, Canada withdraws less of its water each year than the overwhelming majority of countries in the world, including European nations such as Germany and France. Canada’s per capita water consumption is high, but is sustainable in light of our large natural supply of freshwater.
A new Charticle compares Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina population growth to the number of taxi licenses and observes we have many fewer taxis than we might expect based on population and employment growth in the past two decades.
Compared to other western provinces, Manitoba public housing ownership, at 110 per 10,000, is orders of magnitude higher – over twice the levels in Saskatchewan and British Columbia (220%), and over 3 times the Alberta level (305%).
This Frontier Charticle presents the percentage of expenditure that was declared as Salaries and Benefits in the Expenditure by Object sections of the municipalities’ 2005 financial statements.
The strongest predictor of good First Nations governance is transparency. A new Charticle shows that improving transparency is the best way for First Nations to improve the overall welfare of residents.
Like all governments, municipalities have the option of using a number of revenue-raising tools that have different characteristics. We examine, in this Charticle, the use of property taxes versus user charges for the funding of municipal services in 30 Canadian cities.
Frontier’s Local Government Frontiers Project collected various financial data from Canada’s 30th largest cities in 2007. This Charticle presents the levels of taxation imposed collected divided by the number of households counted in each jurisdiction.
Dramatic differences exist amongst affordability levels in Canadian cities. The median house in Thunder Bay costs 1.8 years’ income, whereas residents of Kelowna require 8.5 years’ income.