Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Prince Edward Island—Winter 2018

The Conference Board of Canada, 75 pages, April 9, 2018
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This quarterly economic forecast for the province of Prince Edward Island examines the economic outlook for the province, including gross domestic product (GDP), output by industry and labour market conditions.

Document Highlights

  • Solid population growth—the strongest in Canada—will support residential construction and the financial real estate industries in 2018.
  • The Island will remain a tourist hot spot in Atlantic Canada, with a record number of cruise visits expected.
  • Demand for P.E.I. products will remain strong, boosting exports and maintaining solid growth in manufacturing.
  • A balanced budget this year—the province’s first in a decade—will allow the province to increase spending on non-commercial government services and halt growth in net debt.
  • In its second-quarter update for fiscal year 2017–18, spending has already seen increases of nearly $17 million in health care and $4 million in education.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Prince Edward Island—Smooth Sailing Ahead for Prince Edward Island

  • Strong Population Growth Brings Demand for Construction and Real Estate Sectors
  • Cruise Landings Indicate Another Record-Breaking Tourism Season
  • Exports and Manufacturing Set to Continue to Perform Well
  • With Balance Approaching, Government Can Loosen Purse Strings

Appendix A—Forecast Tables

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