The Impact of Provincial Spending and Revenue Collection on Ontario Families

Summary

The FAO's report, The Impact of Provincial Spending and Revenue Collection on Ontario Families, analyzes Ontario families’ contributions to provincial government revenues and the benefits they receive from provincial government spending. Using 2019-20 as a representative year, the report estimates how many families were net beneficiaries from provincial government spending and revenue collection, and how many were net contributors.

Personal Net Benefit Calculator

To estimate your personal contribution and benefit, start by indicating your age and income.

Tell Us About Yourself

What is your age?

Your age can tell us what types of services you may be benefitting from
0

years old

70+

What is your income? (before taxes)

Your income affects the amount of taxes you pay each year
$0-19k $200k+
$40 to 59k
Personal

Are you enrolled in a post-secondary education program?

Enrolment in post-secondary education can result in less taxes paid

Do you have children in child-care?

Having children in child care indicates that you may benefit from certain credits and subsidies
Residence

Do you own a house?

Various fees and taxes are associated with homeownership

Did you sell your house in 2019?

You may have paid a land transfer tax
Transportation

What was your main mode of transportation?

This can tell us how much you benefit from public transportation and road maintenance, and if you pay vehicle registration fees

How long is your average daily commute?

This can tell us how much you benefit from public transportation and road maintenance

Your Estimated Results

You paid in taxes & other fees

You recieved in benefits & services


You received

in provincial benefits & services
than you paid in taxes & fees.

Breakdown Your Results

The personal net benefit calculator estimates your results using average values from similar age and income groups. You can return to the tool above to change any values to see how it affects your results.

Your Provincial Taxes & Fees:

Personal Income Tax:

Corporate Income Tax:

Sales Taxes:

Federal Transfers:

Other Taxes & Fees:

Total Taxes & Fees:

Your Provincial Benefits & Services:

Health:

Education:

Children and Youth Services:

Social Assistance:

Electricity Subsidy:

Other Benefits & Services:

Total Benefit:

Disclaimer: This calculator provides estimates for illustrative purposes only. Government spending is based on the 2019-20 Public Accounts and has not been indexed to inflation. Individual taxes and fees paid, and services received, are subject to change by many other factors. Please do not rely on the tool as a calculator to accurately calculate your net contribution and benefits. This tool only measures the benefit and contribution related to the Ontario provincial government. Your data is not being collected through this tool.

Distribution Illustrator

This interactive graph shows the average  benefit  and  contribution  amounts for families in each income decile, and their resulting average  net position . To display the distribution of benefits from specific government services or contribution to specific government revenue sources, select the item of interest from the drop down boxes.

Benefits
Contributions

Note: “Family” refers to “couples living together, with or without children, and lone parents living with their children” (Statistics Canada’s definition of a census family) and single persons. “Income” refers to market income, which includes before-tax income generated through employment, investments, retirement pensions and annuities, and excludes income from government transfers. Income deciles reflect equal-sized groups of Ontario families, ordered from lowest to highest income. Each decile contains 10 per cent of Ontario’s 6.5 million families in 2019-20, or approximately 650,000 families. “GBEs” are government business enterprises.
Source: FAO.

Graphical Descriptions
Contribution to provincial revenue by source and family income decile, 2019-20
Family Income Personal Income Tax ($) Federal Transfers
($)
Sales Tax ($) Corporations Tax and Employer Health Tax ($) Land Transfer and Property Taxes
($)
Fees, Sales and Rentals, Other Taxes, GBEs and Other Revenue Sources
($)
Total
($)
Up to $27 14 238 2,263 107 518 2,029 5,169
$28-
$11,444
94 253 2,738 385 552 2,388 6,410
$11,445-
$25,068
478 378 2,921 743 802 2,811 8,131
$25,069-
$39,674
1,322 686 3,406 1,229 872 2,805 10,321
$39,675-
$55,614
2,100 1,066 3,715 1,495 853 3,323 12,552
$55,615-
$76,295
3,543 1,856 4,774 2,132 1,061 3,702 17,068
$76,296-
$99,293
5,058 2,861 4,999 2,773 1,594 4,101 21,385
$99,294-
$131,473
7,177 4,170 5,922 3,594 1,887 4,310 27,059
$131,474-
$188,013
11,559 7,582 7,670 5,402 2,704 5,916 40,833
Greater than
$188,013
32,826 19,895 9,944 11,373 4,742 7,361 86,142
Benefit from provincial spending by program and family income decile, 2019-20
Family Income Health
($)
Child Care, Education and Post-secondary Education ($) Social Services and Income Supports
($)
Housing and Electricity Subsidies ($) Other Programs ($) Interest on Debt
($)
Total
($)
Up to $27 8,239 4,363 10,515 1,559 1,885 0 26,561
$28-
$11,444
9,908 4,044 4,497 1,673 1,980 49 22,151
$11,445-
$25,068
9,583 4,637 3,210 1,376 2,329 75 21,210
$25,069-
$39,674
10,063 4,569 2,742 1,233 2,709 175 21,491
$39,675-
$55,614
9,400 4,968 1,847 982 2,923 185 20,305
$55,615-
$76,295
9,644 5,894 1,569 919 3,537 233 21,796
$76,296-
$99,293
9,943 6,444 1,635 853 3,946 365 23,185
$99,294-
$131,473
9,651 6,529 1,463 901 4,363 519 23,426
$131,474-
$188,013
10,457 9,675 1,487 968 5,158 805 28,551
Greater than
$188,013
10,754 10,682 1,171 1,189 6,732 3,983 34,512