Budget takes aim at civil service costs

David Akin, National Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

OTTAWA - The federal government Tuesday will announce steps it says are aimed at controlling the costs of the civil service.

QMI Agency has learned that the 2014 budget will confirm a two-year freeze on the operating budgets of federal government departments, ask retiring civil servants to pay a greater percentage of their publicly funded health plan costs, and move towards a system which will see employees of Crown corporations pay more for their retirement plans.

The budget will be tabled by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at 4 pm. ET Tuesday in the House of Commons.

Government sources have also told a variety of news organizations that the budget will contain measures to bring high-speed Internet services to some rural Canadians, take aim at organizations using their charitable status for political purposes, and announce funding for what are being touted as "major infrastructure" budgets.


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