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Alberta tops in North America for economic freedom

the CanadaVisa Team - 22 November, 2011

Calgary skyline
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According to new report by the Fraser Institute, Alberta is the most economically free jurisdiction in North America, topping all other provinces and states, based on data from 2009.

The report measured three key indicators: size of government, taxation, and labour market freedom.

While Alberta’s 10% flat tax on personal income and zero sales tax helped it to come out on top, American states no doubt suffered because of increased regulation in reaction to stock market and housing collapses and large outlays for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As the National Post posits, “As the logic goes, economic freedom decreases when governments spend because spending requires revenue, which generally comes from taxes, meaning people are less free to spend and invest their income.”

The only other province to make a significant gain was Saskatchewan, which ranked 32nd overall.

While other Canadian provinces scored much lower, Canada as a whole gained in economic freedom compared to the United States primarily because of the aforementioned causes.

Business investors fulfilling certain criteria may be eligible to immigrate to Alberta, and other provinces, under the Federal Investor or Entrepreneur programs. You can find out if you are eligible using our assessment form.

The Fraser Institute is a Canadian-based conservative think tank.


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