Taxing Wages in Canada, 2001-2018

Ken McKenzie, Canadian Tax Journal (2019; 67(4))
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Paper Citation

McKenzie, Ken (2019), “Taxing Wages in Canada, 2001-2018”, Canadian Tax Journal Vol. 67(4), 1201-13.

Paper Abstract

The “Finances of the Nation” feature presents annual surveys of provincial and territorial budgets and data-driven analyses of taxation and public expenditures in Canada. This series is a successor to the annual monograph titled Finances of the Nation (and, previously, The National Finances), published from 1954 to 2013 by the Canadian Tax Foundation.

The key data sets prepared for the Finances of the Nation project are available for down- load at

In this article, Ken McKenzie presents calculations of the tax burden based on average wages in Canada’s provinces and territories, using the methodology adopted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in its Taxing Wages publication.