Department of Finance Canada Releases Annual Report on Federal Tax Expenditures

News release

April 16, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to building an economy that works for everyone—one that supports a strong and growing middle class, while offering real help to those who need help most.

Part of keeping this promise involves ensuring that Canada has a tax system that is modern, simple and efficient where everyone pays their fair share.

In keeping with the Government’s commitment to openness and transparency, the Department of Finance Canada today released the 2018 Report on Federal Tax Expenditures—Concepts, Estimates and Evaluations. This report provides estimates of the fiscal cost of federal tax measures designed to ensure the proper functioning of the federal tax system and support the economic and social priorities of the Government of Canada.

This year’s edition also includes a commitment to undertake a Gender-based Analysis Plus of the federal tax system and tax expenditures, with the results of this analysis, including information related to the gender distribution of tax expenditures, to be presented in subsequent editions of this report.

The release of today’s report coincides with the tabling of the Main Estimates in the House of Commons by the President of the Treasury Board.

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada first reported on federal tax expenditures in 1979. It has published estimates of tax expenditures for personal and corporate income taxes, as well as for the Goods and Services Tax, since 1994.

  • The Report on Federal Tax Expenditures—Concepts, Estimates and Evaluations is a key component of the Government’s reporting on the federal tax system, contributing to public dialogue on federal tax policies.

  • Tax expenditure reporting is considered an international best practice to foster government budgetary and fiscal transparency.

  • International organizations have recognized the quality of Canada’s reporting on federal tax expenditures, notably with respect to the number of tax measures and years for which cost information is presented, the detailed methodological information provided, and the publication of evaluations and analytical papers.

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Media may contact:

Chloé Luciani-Girouard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance 

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230

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