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government transfers

Government transfers to individuals are part of the welfare state, in which income redistribution was accepted as a role for government in a social democracy. Government transfers to companies are commonly known as corporate welfare.


+!!A Table of Government Transfers to Persons.
Government transfer payments to persons
? 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
? $ millions
All government levels 104,558 106,006 110,487 116,537 120,947
Federal 50,739 51,575 53,479 57,955 60,872
Family and youth allowances 58 84 99 116 133
Child tax benefit or credit 5,600 5,939 6,577 7,379 7,824
Pensions ? First and Second World Wars 918 910 973 1,196 1,401
War veterans' allowances 387 414 404 267 213
Grants to aboriginal persons and organizations 4,447 4,271 4,511 4,448 4,809
Goods and services tax credit 2,924 2,943 2,974 3,099 3,140
Employment insurance benefits 10,713 10,150 9,615 11,361 12,837
Old Age Security Fund payments 22,398 22,907 23,790 24,789 25,747
Scholarships and research grants 519 519 531 560 595
Miscellaneous and other transfers 2,775 3,438 4,005 4,740 4,173
Provincial 26,717 27,170 28,574 29,185 29,174
Social assistance, income maintenance 8,050 7,048 6,538 6,430 6,443
Social assistance, other 2,241 2,546 2,906 2,967 2,992
Workers compensation benefits 3,886 4,073 4,434 4,862 5,174
Grants to benevolent associations 7,196 7,322 7,953 8,284 8,101
Miscellaneous transfers 5,344 6,181 6,743 6,642 6,464
Local 3,523 2,990 3,248 3,032 3,129
Canada Pension Plan 18,054 18,540 19,183 20,023 21,076
Quebec Pension Plan 5,525 5,731 6,003 6,342 6,696