Income Inequality


Economic inequality, the uneven distribution of income and wealth, is one of the critical challenges of our time. The surge in inequality in Canada took off in the 1990s and remains high today.

The Return of the Gilded Age: Consequences, Causes and Solutions

To tackle inequality and move towards shared prosperity, we must first understand its causes and consequences. Download the text of the 2015 Harry Kitchen Lecture in Public Policy, delivered by...

Cost of home today is double the amount in weeks of labour time compared to 1970s: New study

We know the nominal dollar cost of a house or a condo today is much higher than it was 10 or 20 years ago. For the first time, Broadbent Institute...

Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia

British Columbia has a long way to go towards providing an adequate and dignified standard of living to persons with disabilities. In Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in...

Progress in the age of Trump

  On April 7th, 2017, the Broadbent Institute released exclusive new polling from Stratcom, looking at Canadian opinion on economic security and levels of support for progressive policy measures. The...

The Brass Tax

Every June, the Fraser Institute proclaims a "Tax Freedom Day" to make the misleading claim that Canadians face an ever growing tax burden. The Brass Tax investigates this claim, and finds that the average tax rate...

Filthy Five: Canada's Tax Loopholes

The Broadbent Institute calls on the federal government to crackdown on tax loopholes and offshore tax havens used by the country’s wealthiest Canadians. These “Filthy Five” tax loopholes contribute to...

The Affordability Equation

Concerns about cost of living, wages, and affordability have been an important part of Canada’s political discourse for many years. But we felt something was happening. Canadians seem to be...

Canada's Working poor and the Working Tax Benefit

The WITB is a refundable tax credit paid to persons and families with low earnings; it is intended to raise the incomes of the working poor and to provide an...

Filthy Five: Canada's Tax Loopholes Part Two

The 'Filthy Five' Tax Loopholes: Status Report In 2018, the Broadbent Institute identified the five worst tax loopholes in Canada’s tax system. Little has been done to address these loopholes,...

The Case for a Wealth Tax in Canada

We need progressive tax reform to ensure that the burden of the pandemic is fairly shared. A recent Abacus Data poll found that most Canadians agree that the fiscal burden...