Brief submitted (in French only) by the MEI as part of the 2024 pre-budget consultations held by the City of Montreal.
Would you take a job for $4.61 an hour? Probably not. But that’s the choice many Quebecers receiving social assistance are offered.
The federal and provincial governments should make the reduction in social benefits more gradual in order to encourage employable welfare beneficiaries to join the labour market, concludes this MEI study.
Our provincial and local governments have not managed to create an environment conducive to investment in productive physical capital.
In order to alleviate the lack of labour, the Quebec government should lower corporate taxes, which would stimulate investment in productivity, according to this study published by the Montreal Economic Institute.
The Quebec economy has a problem. Despite the jubilation of certain politicians over the province’s low unemployment numbers, almost all the job creation in Quebec comes from the different levels of government.
If visibility and patrol in schools reduces crime, then acknowledging and utilizing the resources and support available through highly trained and qualified security personnel is an absolute must.
In response to inflation hitting a 30-year high and the cost of living rising at a head-spinning pace, British Columbia is set to increase its minimum wage by approximately 3% on June 1st, from $15.20 to $15.65 per hour.
While Bill 66 was a step in the right direction, important challenges remain that are preventing the realization of the full potential of this legislation and uselessly increasing project costs.
The economic situation in recent years has pushed construction project costs up considerably. While this is true across the country, the regulatory framework governing the construction industry in Ontario poses additional challenges that further raise costs. After analyzing the application (or not) of Bill 66 by the cities Hamilton, Toronto, and the region of Waterloo, MEI researchers concluded that this bill has some blind spots, and that maintaining the status quo will have major repercussions not only on the province’s construction industry, but also on Ontario taxpayers.