Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Winter 2012

The Conference Board of Canada, 92 pages, January 10, 2012
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This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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  • Strength in manufacturing and the services sector will support GDP growth of 2.4 per cent in Halifax this year.
  • A recovery in manufacturing will help lift Québec City’s GDP growth to 2.1 per cent in 2012.
  • Montréal’s economy will expand by 2 per cent in 2012, partly thanks to stronger growth in manufacturing.
  • Federal government belt-tightening will limit Ottawa–Gatineau’s economic growth to 1.8 per cent in 2012.
  • Toronto’s GDP will grow by 2.6 per cent this year, as stronger consumer demand boosts manufacturing.
  • With the global economy now back on shaky ground, Hamilton’s economy will grow by a modest 2 per cent in 2012.
  • Winnipeg’s GDP will expand by 2.4 per cent in 2012 as manufacturing shows signs of new life.
  • Regina’s robust economic growth will ease to 2.9 per cent in 2012, as construction growth slows.
  • Saskatoon’s economic growth of 4 per cent this year is underpinned by Saskatchewan’s resource boom.
  • Strength in Alberta’s energy sector and solid domestic demand will boost Calgary’s GDP by 3.6 per cent in 2012.
  • Edmonton’s GDP will grow by 3.4 per cent in 2012 thanks to strength in the manufacturing and services sectors.
  • Gains in manufacturing and services will support economic growth of 2.6 per cent in Vancouver in 2012.
  • Fiscal restraint will limit Victoria’s overall economic growth to 1.9 per cent in 2012.

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