Archived - Release of The Fiscal Monitor for December 2014

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The Department of Finance reports a budgetary surplus of $2.4 billion in December 2014; the Government remains on track to balance the budget in 2015

February 27, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

Finance Minister Joe Oliver today released The Fiscal Monitor for December 2014.

There was a budgetary surplus of $2.4 billion in December 2014, compared with a surplus of $1.2 billion in December 2013. The transfer of General Motors common shares to Ontario raised the budgetary surplus by $0.9 billion.

Revenues increased by $1.0 billion, or 4.3 per cent, as increases in corporate income tax revenues and other revenues were partially offset by a decrease in personal income tax revenues. Program expenses decreased by $0.2 billion, or 1.2 per cent, largely reflecting a decrease in direct program expenses, offset in part by an increase in major transfers to other levels of government. Public debt charges increased by $32 million, or 1.5 per cent.  

Quick Facts

  • For the April to December 2014 period of the 2014–15 fiscal year, the Government posted a budgetary deficit of $0.9 billion, compared with a deficit of $12.2 billion reported in the same period of 2013–14.
  • During the same period, revenues were up $7.3 billion, or 3.8 per cent, reflecting increases in all revenue sources.  
  • Program expenses were down $3.5 billion, or 1.9 per cent, reflecting a decrease in direct program expenses, offset in part by increases in major transfers to persons and other levels of government. 
  • Public debt charges were down $0.4 billion, or 2.1 per cent, largely reflecting a lower average effective interest rate on bonds.

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