New Report on Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education

The  Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) of Canada today released a much anticipated report on postsecondary funding. The report, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education, is available for download on the PBO website. Included on the site is a link to the data as a downloadable Excel file, and an interactive chart. A brief summary of the report, from the website: “This report analyzes federal spending on postsecondary education in Canada over the past 10 years; and, where possible, analyzes the distributional impacts of federal programs.  It also provides forward projections to 2020-21 taking into account recent Budget 2016 announcements.”

What is the PBO’s audience and mandate? The PBO’s What We Do page says, “The PBO’s mandate is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.”

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