This tool simulates Canada’s equalization program. With it, you can explore how the program works, how it doesn’t, and what alternative scenarios means for payments. For technical details behind the program, see Tombe, Trevor, “Final and Unalterable – But Up for Negotiation” (2018) 66:4 Canadian Tax Journal 871-917.
To use the simulator: You may change each province’s fiscal capacity, resource revenues, or individual features of the program. Different fiscal years correspond to different initial fiscal capacities, populations, and aggregate total payments. Press the “reset” button to return to the actual 2021/22 payments and settings.