Federal Government on pace to spend 50 per cent more than during 2009 recession


Published May 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm


The Federal Government has already spent more during this pandemic than it did during the 2009 recession.

A report from the Frasier Institute projects federal spending to surpass spending in 2009 by 50.7 per cent.

“Prior to the economic shutdown in response to COVID-19, the federal government was planning to spend $9,306 per Canadian, the highest level ever in Canadian history,” Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute, said in a news release.

The report has been tracking per-person program spending by every prime minister since confederation—adjusted for inflation.

Based on the findings, per-person spending is projected to reach $13,226 by the end of 2020, which includes $3,920 per Canadian in COVID-related spending—as of April 24.

This represents a 46.6 per cent increase over the previous highest spending level reached in 2019—$9,041.

To put these numbers in perspective, these numbers represent a 50.7 per cent per-person spending increase compared to the 2009 recession, and a 74.5 per cent per-person spending increase compared to World War II.

Further, in addition to increasing spending, the Federal Government is also running large deficits and increasing debt.

“Because of the federal government’s lack of fiscal prudence recently, Ottawa’s finances were much worse than they should have been going into this recession,” Clemens said. “The additional spending the government has announced in response to the recession and COVID will exacerbate that problem and means that Canadian taxpayers will be on the hook for today’s spending for decades to come.”

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