Canada’s Equalization Formula – Some Provinces Are Still More Equal Than Others

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11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
Calgary, AB

Get ready for it. Canada’s equalization formula is up for renewal this year. And there is a lot to debate – like Quebec getting more than half of all equalization, Ontario being considered a “have-not” province, and the perception of a vastly disproportionate outflow of money from Alberta. There is perhaps no other issue that presses Alberta’s hot-buttons like equalization. So what are the facts? How much are we paying? Who gets what? What impact have low oil prices had on the formula?

Join The School of Public Policy for our January Current Affairs luncheon, where the experts will present the facts on equalization past and present, the politics that drive it and the perverse political incentives it creates.

Panelists include:

  • Bev Dahlby, Program Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy, The School of Public Policy
  • Ted Morton, Former Minister of Finance, Government of Alberta and Senior Fellow, The School of Public Policy
  • Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Calgary
  • Tracy Snoddon, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University


Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Turner Valley Room
133 9th Ave SW
Calgary, AB

11:30 a.m. Registration
11:45 a.m. Lunch and program
1:30 p.m. Event concludes