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Business Confidence Canada

The Index of Business Confidence is the Conference Board of Canada’s quarterly survey of Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers of Canadian business organizations. The survey measures perceptions of the current economic environment and the investment intentions of business. We’ve been running the survey since 1977.


Business Confidence Canada

The Conference Board of Canada’s Economic Trends Division is recognized worldwide for its expertise in economic forecasting, modelling and analysis. We have produced accurate economic forecasts for more than 25 years.

Available Data

Do you expect overall economic conditions in Canada six months from now to be:

  • Better
  • Same
  • Worse

Do you expect prices, in general, in Canada to increase over the next six months at an annual rate of:

  • 1%
  • 2%
  • 3%
  • 4%
  • 5%
  • 6%
  • 7%
  • 8% 
  • > 8%

Over the next six months, do you expect your firm's financial position to

  • Improve
  • Worsen
  • Remain the same

Over the next six months, do you expect your firm's profitability

  • Improve
  • Worsen
  • Remain the same

Would you say the present is a good or a bad time to undertake expenditures to expand your plant or add to your stock of machinery and equipment?

  • Good
  • Bad
    Not sure

What change in the level of your capital investment expenditures do you expect over the next 6 months?

  • Up 20%
  • Up 10% to 19%
  • Up 1% to 9%
  • No change
  • Down 1% to 9
  • Down 10% to 19%
  • Down 20% or more

In which region(s) of the country do you expect the bulk of your planned investment expenditures for the next six months to take place?

  • Atlantic Provinces
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
  • Prairie Provinces
  • British Columbia
  • United States
  • International

How do you assess your current level of operations relative to optimal capacity?

  • Above capacity
  • At or close to capacity
  • At, close to, or above
  • Slightly below capacity
  • Substantially below capacity

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