Federalism creates overarching mechanisms to coordinate arrangements, share risks, maximize economic efficiency, mitigate regional inequalities, and fund public services. Throughout Canada's history, these mechanisms have evolved to form a web of fiscal relations between the different orders of government that has become an integral part of our federation, yet is often contested.
This event will explain the fundamentals of the fiscal relationships between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and how Canada ended up with the fiscal arrangements currently in place. Learn how new challenges like climate change, population aging, and the repercussions of COVID-19 are pushing this system of transfers and fiscal arrangements to new limits.
Video: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series: The Fundamentals of Fiscal Federalism
Podcast: The Fundamentals of Fiscal Federalism (external linkFootnote 1)
This event was held in partnership with the Institute for Research on Public Policy's Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation.
Learn more about The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series.
- Mary Janigan, Canadian Journalist and Historian
- Trevor Tombe, Professor of Economics, University of Calgary
Charles Breton, Executive Director, Institute for Research on Public Policy's Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation
Antoine Brunelle-Côté, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office