Course Description

Making Sense of Equalization and Fiscal Transfers in Canada

We will explore federal-provincial transfers in Canada, beginning with unpacking the rich history of transfers since Confederation. The course will pay particularly close attention to how the various transfer programs work today. It will focus both on explicit transfer programs, such as equalization, and implicit ones, such as federal revenue and spending generally. The equalization program will be a main focus. The implications of federal transfers for Alberta will also be a central theme.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical development of federal transfers in Canada since 1867
  • Explain how equalization works and why its design has evolved over time
  • Identify whether a federal program is a transfer or not, and recognize the factors that affect this
  • Participate productively in public conversations and discussions over federal transfers and how they affect Alberta

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Online Synchronous
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Feb 27, 2021 to Mar 06, 2021
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $75.00
Reading List / Textbook

No textbook required.

Section Notes

This course will be delivered online in real-time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates. 

The course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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