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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors

The issues of adequate retirement income security and seniors’ poverty figured prominently in the 2015 Canadian federal election—as well they should have. Ensuring the economic well-being of Canada’s growing population...

Behind the Headlines: Who’s Really Benefiting From Higher TFSA Limits?

The Conservative government's decision to double contribution limits for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) is both unnecessary and unfair. This report uses newly available data released by Canada Revenue Agency to...

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...

The Big Split: Income Splitting's Unequal Distribution of Benefits Across Canada

A study commissioned by the Broadbent Institute finds that the majority of Canadian families with children under 18 would get no benefit at all from the Conservatives' income splitting scheme...

Double Trouble: The Case Against Expanding Tax-Free Savings Accounts

The Conservative Party of Canada’s proposal to double contribution limits for Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) has received inadequate critical scrutiny to date. This gap may stem from the notion that...