Tax policy analysis

Revenue Statistics country note for Canada

 

Tax to GDP ratios

Canada is in the lower half of OECD countries ranked in order of tax to GDP ratio. The ratio declined from 34.9% in 2000 to 30.4% in 2011 and 30.7% in 2011. The 2011 figure was lower than the OECD average of 34.1%. In 1999, the ratio in Canada was above the OECD average but declined to move below it in 2000.

Tax structures

The main observations for Canada are:

  • Revenue from personal and corporate income taxes declined between 2000 and 2012 from 17.5% to 14.5% of GDP but remained higher than the OECD average of 11.4% in 2011.
  • The tax ratio for Social security contributions of 4.6% in 2011 was around above half the OECD average of 9.1%.
  • Taxes on goods and services declined from 8.5% to 7.4% of GDP over the period and were lower than the OECD average of 11.0% of GDP in 2011.
  • Property tax revenues were 3.3% of GDP in 2011, slightly less than double the OECD average.

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