Canada’s Social Security Programs and Payroll Taxes

  • Alice Nakamura
  • Ging Wong


Economic and political adjustments associated with globalization and North American economic integration, government deficit problems, and persistent high levels of unemployment here in Canada have stimulated vigorous debate on the costs and the financing of our social programs. High Canadian taxes are alleged to be contributing to the employment deficit problem. Some see the payroll taxes that help fund our social programs as a special threat in this regard. Yet social programs must be paid for. The real issues are whether the benefits of the programs are worth the costs, and whether the cost of the programs—including any negative effects on employment—could be reduced by altering the means by which the programs are paid for or other program features.


Labor Supply Unemployment Insurance Human Resource Development Social Program Labor Market Policy 
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  • Ging Wong

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