Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple families

If electricity prices keep rising at their current rate, the trade-offs that families have to make will become increasingly difficult to manage

Ontario’s high electricity costs could cripple familiesBy Taylor Jackson, Ashley Stedman, and Elmira Aliakbari The Fraser Institute Ontarians are all too familiar with the rising cost of electricity. They see it on their hydro bills every month. But just how much have prices increased and how do those bills compare to other Canadian cities? We analyzed electricity prices across Canada since 2008…

The great flaming mass of Ontario Liberal incompetence

The stench of corruption and incompetence will continue to hang over the Wynne government in the run up to the next provincial election

The great flaming mass of Ontario Liberal incompetenceNearly 15 years of Liberal rule have made Ontario the economic equivalent of the Hagersville tire fire. The great flaming mass of Liberal incompetence has covered Ontario with a poisonous cloud of failure. Inflation-adjusted growth in Ontario is stuck at about half the Canadian average. Growth in disposable income lags significantly behind that of every…

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more risk

Despite tabling Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade, there are signs the government plans to go right back to undisciplined spending

Ontario reopens spending tap, exposing province to more riskBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Premier Kathleeen Wynne’s government recently tabled Ontario’s first balanced operating budget in a decade. While it’s good to see the province finally bring its expenditures in line with revenues, there are worrying signs the government plans to go right back to the undisciplined approach that created Ontario’s…

Ontario traps those with disabilities in lives of poverty

Restrictions on assets and gifts keep many in a state of deep and profound uncertainty and crisis, but other provinces have found a way out

Ontario traps those with disabilities in lives of povertyBy Helen Ries with Jihan Abbas Contributors In August 2016, Ontario's ombudsman released Nowhere to Turn, which outlined multiple systemic failures in provincial supports and services that lead to crisis for many adults with developmental disabilities. The stories illustrated in the report are often heart-breaking and speak to the many ways that the system leaves people with disabilities vulnerable and trapped…

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schools

Only 10 years ago, Premier Kathleen Wynne campaigned vehemently against a faith-based school model. Now, she has suddenly changed her mind

It’s a political gamble to embrace prayer in public schoolsThe debate about the separation of state and church in publicly-funded schools is important, but often emotions run high and sound analysis gets lost. Last month, the Peel District public school board in Ontario used police to remove parents who were upset that their children’s school administration was broadening the rules for school prayer. The…

No prosperity without a return to the Chretien Consensus

Governments across Canada rejecting policies that worked for a set of alternatives that have consistently failed

No prosperity without a return to the Chretien ConsensusBy Jason Clemens and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The Spanish philosopher and writer George Santayana famously said that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In Ottawa today, and in many provinces, it’s not a matter of forgetting the lessons of the past but rather actively rejecting them. Canada enjoyed…

Small Ontario schools can – and should – be kept open

We shouldn’t buy the misleading claim that small schools in rural and small communities are no longer viable

Small Ontario schools can – and should – be kept openDozens of communities in rural and small-town Ontario may lose their public schools as a result of a misguided education funding model. Contrary to the rhetoric, this doesn’t need to happen. Schools can be vital centres of activity, particularly for smaller and rural communities. When school buildings are shuttered, non-urban areas become less attractive to…

Ontario’s ‘recovery’ claims ignore lingering pain

Rosy rhetoric in economic statement just tells story of Greater Golden Horseshoe

Ontario’s ‘recovery’ claims ignore lingering painBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute It’s no secret Ontario has experienced economic pain in recent years. The pain, however, has not been spread evenly, with some regions of the province hit harder than others. Recently, Ontario’s provincial government released its fall economic statement, which pointed to Ontario’s uptick in economic growth…

Ontario’s rosy rhetoric spins an economy in decline

Prolonged poor economic performance has meant the unthinkable: Ontario’s average income is now below the rest of the country

Ontario’s rosy rhetoric spins an economy in declineBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government's recent update on the province's economy offers a brief preamble on the 2008-09 recession's challenges, then this shockingly out-of-touch sentence: “Our plan is working.” Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s difficult to know where to begin pointing out the problems with…

Ontario must address housing affordability

Best practices from homebuilder-friendly neighbours can teach municipalities how to allow the supply of new housing to meet demand

Ontario must address housing affordabilityKenneth P. Green Steve Lafleur and Josef Filipowicz The Fraser Institute Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will not introduce a property transfer tax on foreign buyers, similar to that introduced in British Columbia. The premier and her government should be commended for avoiding an impulsive reaction to high housing prices. It’s…