Edited by Richard M. Bird and Enid Slack

Is Your City Healthy asks: what are the elements of fiscal health, how do we measure it, and why is it important?

Eight experts in the field look at the range of fiscal health measures in Canada and elsewhere, ranging from debt ratio, to fiscal management, to institutional sustainability, and ask if these are always or necessarily a signal of municipal health.

The book also examines the gap between fiscal indicators and their interpretation, noting that benchmarking and diagnosis are very different things. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the financial health of cities.


About the Editors

Enid Slack is the director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.

Richard M. Bird is professor emeritus of Economics at the Rotman School of Management, and adjunct professor & senior fellow of the Institute on Municipal Governance and Finance at the University of Toronto.