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Josef Filipowicz

Senior Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute

Josef Filipowicz is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Centre for Municipal Studies at the Fraser Institute. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. His work with the Institute focuses primarily on land use and housing policy, as well as municipal finance and local taxation. Notably, he has studied the impact of land use regulation on the housing supply in Canada’s largest cities, compared affordability and built form in cities around the world, and assessed municipal revenue, spending and debt in major metropolitan areas. Mr. Filipowicz’s work has been featured in news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, The Detroit News and Maclean's. He continues to work on urban issues including housing, municipal finance, and governance.

Recent Research by Josef Filipowicz

— Oct 17, 2019
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Who Bears the Burden of Property Taxes in Canada’s Largest Metropolitan Areas?

Who Bears the Burden of Property Taxes in Canada’s Largest Metropolitan Areas? analyzes the ratio of municipal and provincial property tax rates (including education) paid by residents, businesses and industries in Canada’s major urban areas. It finds that across the country, but particularly in the cities of Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, businesses pay much higher property tax rates than residents, which can erode competitiveness and lead to business migration, reduced hiring and investment, and even business closures.

— May 30, 2019
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Comparing Municipal Finances in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Comparing Municipal Finances in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area finds that the City of Toronto spent more than $4,000 per person in 2016—the most of any municipality in the region—even though the city did manage to reduce spending over the previous eight-year period. In fact, from 2009 to 2016, nine of the 26 municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area reduced spending, including Hamilton, Oshawa and Pickering.

— Aug 23, 2018
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Comparing Municipal Government Finances in Metro Vancouver, 2018 Edition

Comparing Municipal Government Finances in Metro Vancouver, 2018 finds that the City of Vancouver spent 84 per cent more, per resident, and collected 61 per cent higher per resident revenues in 2016 than Surrey, the next largest municipality by population in the region. The study compares 17 of the Metro Vancouver Regional District’s 21 municipalities on several measures—including government spending, revenue and debt—from 2007 to 2016, the most recent year of available data.