Press Releases

Payroll tax: An additional burden for Quebec workers

September 20, 2017|

Montréal, September 20, 2017 – Every year, the Quebec government collects large amounts of revenue from businesses through their contributions to the Health Services Fund (HSF). Better known as payroll tax, this fiscal tool is […]

Innovation : Solutions to adress Quebec’s lagging performance

March 20, 2017|

Montréal, March 20, 2017 – As the Quebec government prepares to launch a new strategy to stimulate innovation, the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – Walter J. Somers Foundation (CPP) has released a study […]

Productivity at the SAQ stagnant for nearly 30 years

November 14, 2016|

Montréal, November 14, 2016 – While the actual net profit of the Société des alcools du Québec is now 1.7 times higher than in 1989, productivity at the state-owned corporation has stagnated over the entire period. […]

Ten years after the municipal demergers: In the end, who is benefiting from the reform ?

October 3, 2016|

Montréal, October 3, 2016 – Ten years after the municipal demergers, what conclusions can be drawn regarding this reform imposed by the Quebec government? Has the creation of agglomerations benefited the reconstituted cities, or not? […]

Walter J. Somers Foundation joins forces with Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal

September 27, 2016|

Montreal, Sept. 27, 2016 – The Walter J. Somers Foundation is pleased to announce a formal alliance with the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity – HEC Montréal. The centre will now be known as […]

Municipalities can control their spending

May 9, 2016|

Montréal, May 9, 2016 – Whereas the previous editions of the Quebec Municipalities Rankings showed a disturbing upward trend in municipal spending, the trend seems to have slowed in 2014, when the mayors who […]

Economic development : Quebec’s strategies are inconsistent

January 25, 2016|

Montreal, January 25, 2016 – Despite the extensive financial aid they have received since the late 90s, Quebec companies continue to post lacklustre performance: productivity growth remains weak, the economy is struggling to create […]

Education, far from a priority in Quebec

January 25, 2016|

Montreal, January 25, 2016 – Contrary to its claims, the Quebec government does not appear to be making education a real priority. Since the early 2000s, real per capita spending on health and social […]

Tax burden: Boosting business taxes would penalize workers

October 14, 2015|

Montreal, October 14, 2015 – Increasing the tax burden on Quebec firms would not only penalize workers, but it is those who can least afford it who would pay the price, reveals a recent […]

2015 Quebec municipalities rankings

May 12, 2015|

Montréal, May 12, 2015 – Close to half the increase in per capita municipal spending in Quebec can be attributed to rising payroll expenditures, making this the main source of growth in municipal spending in […]