VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2015) - On Thursday, August 27, the Fraser Institute will release a new study spotlighting how much Canadians pay in taxes compared to other basic necessities.

The study, Canadian Consumer Tax Index, tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2014, taking into account both the visible and hidden taxes that families pay to all levels of government (including income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, health taxes, fuel taxes, alcohol taxes, and more).

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwired on Thursday August 27.

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Contact Information:

Charles Lammam
Director of Fiscal Studies, Fraser Institute

Ben Eisen
Senior Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute

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