Canada’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget deficit shrinks to C$41.31 billion

OTTAWA, May 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s budget deficit in fiscal 2022/23 shrank to C$41.31 billion ($30.89 billion) from C$95.57 billion in the previous year as a post-pandemic economic rebound spurred tax revenue and spending on support measures fell, the finance ministry said on Friday.

Revenues rose 8.6% in the period from April 2022 to March 2023, “reflecting broad-based improvement across revenue streams due to economic growth and the waning fiscal and economic impact of COVID-19,” the finance ministry said.

Program expenses were down 6.5%, primarily driven by lower transfers to individuals and businesses due to expiring temporary COVID measures.

On a monthly basis, Canada posted a deficit of C$44.31 billion in March, compared to the C$25.75 billion recorded in March 2022.

($1 = 1.3372 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil, editing by Steve Scherer; [email protected])