Fraser Institute News Release: Today, June 19, is Tax Freedom Day—8 days later than in 2019, the last year before the pandemic

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadians celebrate Tax Freedom Day, the day in the year when they start working for themselves, not government, finds a new study published by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Tax Freedom Day measures the total annual tax burden imposed on Canadian families by federal, provincial, and municipal governments. This year, it comes eight days later than in 2019, the last year before the pandemic, and four days later than 2021 when it fell on June 15.

“If Canadians paid all their taxes up front, they would work the first 169 days of this year before bringing any money home for themselves and their families,” said Jake Fuss, Associate Director of Fiscal Studies at the Fraser Institute.

In 2023, the average Canadian family (with two or more people) will pay $64,610 in total taxes. That’s 46.1 per cent of its annual income ($140,106) going to income taxes, payroll taxes (including the Canada Pension Plan), health taxes, sales taxes (like the GST), property taxes, fuel taxes, carbon taxes, “sin” taxes and more.

Represented as days on the calendar, the total tax burden compromises more than five months of income—from January 1 to June 18. On June 19th—Tax Freedom Day—Canadians finally start working for themselves.

But Canadians should also be worried about the $47 billion in deficits the federal and provincial governments are forecasting this year, because they will have substantial tax implications in future years.

To better illustrate this point, the study also calculates a Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day—the day of the year when the average Canadian finally starts working for themselves if the governments paid for all of this year’s spending with taxes collected this year.

In 2023, the Balanced Budget Tax Freedom Day won’t arrive until June 27.

“Tax Freedom Day helps put the total tax burden in perspective, and helps Canadians understand just how much of their money they pay in taxes every year,” Fuss said.

“Canadians need to decide for themselves whether they are getting their money’s worth when it comes to how governments are spending their tax dollars.”

Tax Freedom Day for each province varies according to the extent of the provincially and locally levied tax burden.

2023 provincial Tax Freedom Days

ManitobaJune 6
Prince Edward IslandJune 9
British ColumbiaJune 9
New BrunswickJune 12
AlbertaJune 14
OntarioJune 18
Nova ScotiaJune 18
SaskatchewanJune 22
Newfoundland & LabradorJune 26
QuebecJune 30


Jake Fuss, Associate Director of Fiscal Studies
Fraser Institute

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