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Senior Economist

Senior Economist

Ministry of Finance Toronto Closing: 19/09/2022
7 Queen’s Park Cr, Toronto

Would you thrive in a fast-paced, solutions-oriented environment that tackles complex public policy issues?

The Ministry of Finance is looking for highly engaged individuals who would like to mobilize their research and analytical skills to provide expert quantitative advice on tax policy and help shape the evolution of Ontario’s tax system.

The Personal Tax Policy & Design Branch provides advice and assistance to the Minister of Finance and to the Government of Ontario in formulating tax and benefits policy. The branch undertakes robust quantitative analysis using advanced modelling tools. It also ensures that tax legislation and regulations effectively express the Province’s tax and benefit policies.

We are recruiting for:

  • 1 position of up to 18 months, with the possibility of extension; and
  • 2 positions of up to 12 months.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code < >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.


What can I expect to do in this role?

As a member of the team, you will:

  • help develop personal income and payroll tax policies for the Province of Ontario
  • research and assess economic, distributional and fiscal effects of tax policy changes
  • design, develop, and use data and quantitative computer models to assess the impacts of tax policy options
  • propose creative and feasible policy options and recommendations to senior management
  • lead, and actively participate in, the decision-making process
  • prepare and present succinct briefing materials on complex tax issues for senior decision-makers
  • liaise with other ministries, the private sector, the federal government and other jurisdictions on tax policy issues

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Taxation and Technical Knowledge:

  • you have a solid understanding of personal income and payroll tax policies, theory, and principles, particularly with respect to Ontario and Canadian tax laws, regulations and administrative practices
  • you have a background in economics, public policy, accounting or a comparable field
  • you are proficient in a range of quantitative modelling software and tools, such as spreadsheets, databases, and programming languages

Policy Development Experience:

  • you are able to gather, evaluate, interpret and extract relevant data to lead policy analysis and development
  • you have experience analyzing and interpreting data, conducting research projects, drawing conclusions, developing options and making recommendations
  • you are able to identify and assess the importance of emerging tax issues and trends
  • you can identify implications and evaluate policies for impacts on government

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

  • you can effectively convey results of complex analysis and propose strategies, options and recommendations based on those results and sound tax policy principles
  • you can communicate complex tax changes in simple terms and explain policies in an objective manner when liaising with stakeholders or responding to inquiries from the public
  • you have experience drafting succinct documents such as briefing notes, policy papers or budget papers
  • you are a strong leader, have experience managing junior staff, and can lead research and policy analysis projects and serve as a resource to others in the office
  • you can develop and foster strong working relationships with clients and stakeholders, and work on various projects and teams with a focus on solving complex problems

Salary Range: $74,877 – $110,338 Per Year

Application Instructions

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months (with the possibility of extension), 7 Queen’s Park Cr, Toronto, Toronto Region
  • 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 7 Queen’s Park Cr, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, by Monday, September 19, 2022, by visiting, and entering Job ID 185429 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.