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“Taxes remain the largest household expense for families in Canada,” said Jake Fuss, director of Fiscal Studies at the Fraser Institute and co-author of Taxes versus the Necessities of Life: The Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2023 Edition.

“Considering the sheer amount of income that goes towards taxes in this country, Canadians may question whether or not we’re getting good value for our money.”

In 2022, the average Canadian family earned an income of $106,430 and paid in total taxes equaling $48,199, said the report.

“In other words, the average Canadian family spent 45.3 per cent of its income on taxes compared to 35.6 per cent on basic necessities,” it said.

“This is a dramatic shift since 1961 when the average Canadian family spent much less of its income on taxes (33.5 per cent) than the basic necessities (56.5 per cent). Taxes have grown much more rapidly than any other single expenditure for the average Canadian family.

“The total tax bill for Canadians includes visible and hidden taxes (paid to the federal, provincial and local governments) including income, payroll, sales, property, carbon, health, fuel and alcohol taxes.

“Moreover, since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill has increased nominally by 2,778 per cent, dwarfing increases in annual housing costs (1,880 per cent), clothing (654 per cent) and food (870 per cent).”

Mario Toneguzzi

Mario Toneguzzi is Managing Editor of Canada’s Podcast. He has more than 40 years of experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He was named in 2021 as one of the Top 10 Business Journalists in the World by PR News – the only Canadian to make the list)

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