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Federal deficit on track to meet $19.4B projected in 2018 budget

Canada is on track to meet its projected annual deficit figure of $19.4 billion for this fiscal year, according to new figures released by the Department of Finance.

Federal government posted a $10.6B deficit in March 2018

The federal government appears to be on track to meet Minister of Finance Bill Morneau's deficit prediction of $19.4 billion in the 2018 budget. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Canada is on track to meet its projected annual deficit figure of $19.4 billion for this fiscal year, according to new figures released by the Department of Finance.

"There was a budgetary deficit of $10.6 billion in March 2018, compared to a budgetary deficit of $10.4 billion reported for March 2017," said the department's latest Fiscal Monitor report.

The department said that between April 2017 and March 2018, the federal government posted a deficit of $16.2 billion. It posted a $21.8 billion deficit during the same time period the previous year.

That deficit number does not include end-of-year adjustments, or the $4.2 billion being pumped into the government's plan to boost veterans' benefits, the monitor said.

"Taking year-end adjustments into account, results to date are broadly in line with a $19.4-billion deficit projected in Budget 2018."

In the last federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau projected that his government would run a $19.4 billion deficit this year, falling to $15.1 billion next year before shrinking to $9.3 billion by the 2022-23 fiscal year.

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