Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux prepares to appear before the Senate Committee on Official Languages, in Ottawa, on June 13, 2022. The PBO's latest fiscal sustainability report says Canada's overall debt level is projected to decline steadily over the long term. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s debt level sustainable over long term: parliamentary budget officer

The parliamentary budget officer says Canada’s current fiscal policy is sustainable over the long term.

The PBO’s latest fiscal sustainability report finds that Canada’s overall debt level is projected to decline steadily over time.

At the federal level, the report says, the government could permanently increase spending or reduce taxes by 1.8 per cent of GDP and remain fiscally viable.

The report released today includes assessments of federal and provincial budgets from the spring.

It cautions that the fiscal policies of some provincial governments are not sustainable.

The report says that over the long term, relative to the size of their economies, provinces will face rising health-care expenses due to the aging population.