Metropolitan Outlook 2: Economic Insights into 15 Canadian Metropolitan Economies, Summer 2016

The Conference Board of Canada, 93 pages, August 10, 2016
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This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Kingston, Oshawa, St. Catharines–Niagara, Kitchener, London, Windsor, Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Abbotsford.

Document Highlights

  • The St. John’s economy will grow by just 0.6 per cent, with declines in construction and muted services sector activity.
  • Services sector growth will offset contractions in construction and manufacturing, allowing Moncton’s GDP to grow by 1.2 per cent.
    La croissance du secteur des services compensera le recul dans les secteurs de la construction et de la fabrication, ce qui permettra au PIB de Moncton d’avancer de 1,2 % en 2016.
  • Economic growth in Saint John will be flat this year, as the goods sector contracts and services post only modest gains.
  • Saguenay’s GDP will grow by 1 per cent, supported by gains in transportation and warehousing, and in business and personal services.
    Le PIB de Saguenay augmentera de 1 % cette année, grâce à des gains dans le transport et l’entreposage, les services aux entreprises et les services personnels.
  • Strength in manufacturing, construction, and the services sector will help Trois-Rivières’s economy expand by 1.3 per cent.
    La vigueur des secteurs manufacturier, de la construction et de l’ensemble du secteur des services aidera l’économie de Trois-Rivières à progresser de 1,3 % cette année.
  • Sherbrooke’s GDP will grow by 1.9 per cent due to strength in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and business services.
    Le PIB de Sherbrooke s’accroîtra de 1,9 % en 2016, grâce au dynamisme constant des secteurs de la fabrication, du transport et de l’entreposage, et des services aux entreprises.<
  • Kingston’s economy will grow 2.1 per cent, led by non-residential construction and by wholesale and retail trade.
  • Wholesale and retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing growth will drive GDP growth of 2.7 per cent in Oshawa.
  • St. Catharines–Niagara’s GDP will rise 2.2 per cent, with strength in manufacturing and wholesale and retail trade.
  • Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo’s GDP will grow by 3 per cent, largely thanks to work on the light-rail transit system.
  • Stronger growth in manufacturing and construction output will help London’s economy expand by 2.4 per cent.
  • With manufacturing on track to post another strong gain, Windsor’s overall GDP growth will reach 2.4 per cent this year.
  • Soft nickel prices continue to weigh on Greater Sudbury’s economy, with GDP forecast to rise only 0.6 per cent.
  • Thunder Bay’s GDP will grow by 0.9 per cent, as stronger manufacturing output offsets a contraction in construction.
  • Strong housing starts and solid gains in the services sector will support GDP growth of 2.5 per cent in Abbotsford–Mission in 2016.

Table of Contents

User’s Guide

Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas

Cross-City Comparison


Canada (français)

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • St. John’s

New Brunswick

  • Moncton
  • Saint John

Nouveau-Brunswick (français)

  • Moncton (français)


  • Saguenay
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Sherbrooke

Québec (français)

  • Saguenay (français)
  • Trois-Rivières (français)
  • Sherbrooke (français)


  • Kingston
  • Oshawa
  • St. Catharines–Niagara
  • Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo
  • London
  • Windsor
  • Greater Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay

British Columbia

  • Abbotsford–Mission

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