Canada Social Transfer
What is the Canada Social Transfer (CST)?
- The CST is a federal block transfer to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, and early childhood development and early learning and childcare.
- The CST is calculated on an equal per capita cash basis to reflect the Government’s commitment to ensure that conditional transfers provide equal support for all Canadians.
- The CST cash transfer will be $12.2 billion in 2013–14.
- The CST base increased by $687 million in 2007–08 to support the move to equal per capita cash. In 2008–09, the CST increased by $800 million for post-secondary education and an additional $250 million to support the development of child care spaces.
- CST cash levels are currently set in legislation up to 2013–14 and have grown by three per cent annually as a result of an automatic escalator applied since 2009–10.
- In December 2011, the Government announced that the CST will continue to grow at three per cent annually in 2014–15 and beyond.
- The Government of Canada has increased the transparency of its transfer support through the CST by providing information on the notional allocation of federal support among priority areas.
CST Cash Support
(millions of dollars)
|Support for Children
|Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. Includes Budget 2007 transition protection payments as of 2007–08. Does not include funding of $250 million for development of child cares spaces in 2007–08, as funding was provided outside the CST in that year, as well as $31.9 million from Budget 2008 transition protection payments to Saskatchewan and Nunavut notionally allocated over five and three years respectively beginning in 2008–09.
- Major Federal Transfers -