February 2020

Fiscal Monitor for April 2019 – November 2019

The federal government posted a deficit of $2.7 billion in November 2019, compared to a deficit of $2.2 billion November 2018. All of this deterioration in the monthly deficit was attributable to the timing of payments, most notably transfers to provinces and territories for the Labour Market Development Agreements program and to the Gas Tax Fund and Home Care and Mental Health programs. This implies lower year-over-year expenses in future months.  

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