OTTAWA, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Federal cutbacks announced in the 2010 and
2011 budgets will result in more than 60,000 job losses, says a study
released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Any additional cuts in the upcoming federal budget would result in even
more job losses.
The study, by CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald, creates three
scenarios to explore the impact of the next two waves of cuts and finds
between 60,100 and 68,300 jobs will be lost somewhere in Canada. The
National Capital Region may lose over 22,000 jobs and Atlantic Canada
may suffer 5,400 job losses, significantly raising unemployment in
"No matter how the cuts take shape, the job losses will be significant.
They will be biggest if cuts are focused exclusively on the federal
public service," says Macdonald. "But if the cuts are spread more
broadly, it will mean there will also be job losses at non-profit
agencies, Crown corporations, and private sector firms who do business
with the government."
The study identifies key areas that are already seeing cuts from
previous waves and may see more of the same: programs for Aboriginal
on-reserve housing, training, and primary health care; support for
low-income families, seniors, and the unemployed; environmental
programs; workplace and food safety inspectors; and Canada's
Previous cutbacks have left other areas largely protected. RCMP and
military personnel are unlikely to see further cuts. The National
Security Establishment encompassing Correctional Services, CSIS, Border
Security and Public Safety may well also escape major cutbacks as the
study shows they have in the past.
The study also raises serious concerns about the government's purposeful
and strategic lack of transparency about what will be axed, and why.
Without government disclosure on where and how the cuts are being made,
it is essentially impossible for Canadians to determine whether these
cuts are appropriate.
"It remains an open question as to whether Canadians, if given the
choice, would cut Aboriginal health care, housing, and government
safety inspectors to pay for more prisons and border security.
Canadians need to know exactly what they stand to lose," Macdonald
The Cuts Behind the Curtain: How federal cutbacks will slash services
and increase unemployment is available on the CCPA website: http://www.policyalternatives.ca
SOURCE Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
For further information:
Kerri-Anne Finn, CCPA Senior Communications Officer, at 613-563-1341 x306