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Has Productivity Growth in Canada Been Stronger than Originally Thought?

December 24, 2012

Alan Arcand Alan Arcand
Principal Economist
Centre for Municipal Studies

There has been much hand-wringing in Canada over the country’s woeful productivity performance over the last 25 years or so. This concern is warranted because productivity growth is vitally important to raising living standards and enhancing the competitiveness of firms. ...

Hey Canada! Are We Really the Best at Anything—Even Hockey?

December 20, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

As we settle down to watch the annual world junior tournament over the holidays, many Canadians would like to think that we are a top-tier performer among nations. In some cases—most notably hockey, but also publicly-funded health care—we ...

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: A Big Deal

December 18, 2012

Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Canada is on the verge of completing its first major trade deal since the Canada-US free trade agreement in the later 1980s. The federal government and the European Union are aiming to forge a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement by years’ end.

Canadian ...

Edmonton’s Housing Market Picking Up

November 30, 2012

Robin Wiebe
Senior Economist, Centre for Municipal Studies

Edmonton deserves its own place in the spotlight, rather than always having to compete with its high-wattage rival three hours down Highway 2. Indeed, Edmonton’s economy and housing market have been improving and are outperforming Calgary on several fronts. These yardsticks include ...

Budget du Québec : la réalité fait mal

November 29, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Vice-président principal et économiste en chef
Prévisions et analyses

English version

Comme son budget en témoigne, le gouvernement péquiste minoritaire est forcé de composer avec la dure réalité. En plus d’être minoritaire et, donc, de devoir trouver des compromis pour certaines de ses promesses électorales, il ...

The Quebec Budget: Reality Bites

November 29, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Version française

The minority Parti Québécois government’s budget reflected the hard reality of governing in Quebec today. Not only is government in a minority situation, thereby requiring it to seek a compromise on some of its election promises, ...

The Changing Face of Your Family Doctor’s Office

November 26, 2012

Thy Dinh Thy Dinh
Senior Research Associate, CASHC

Canadian healthcare leaders agree that a sustainable health care system requires robust and well-functioning primary health care. This view was confirmed again at the Conference Board’s inaugural Summit on Sustainable Health and Health Care held October 30-31 in Toronto. So how is primary ...

As Canada’s Trade Shifts, the Exchange Rate Will Matter Less Than Before

November 22, 2012

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services

Danielle Goldfarb

Associate Director
Global Commerce Centre

Many view Canada’s exchange rate as the main reason for Canada’s recent lacklustre trade performance. The exchange rate remains a key factor affecting Canada’s total exports, given the dominant role of Canada-US trade in Canada’s ...

How to Extract Value from Our Resources

November 21, 2012

Michael Burt
Canadian Industrial Outlook

Mining, oil and gas activity has been accounting for a shrinking share of our economy for a considerable period of time, but the story is expected to change in the coming years. Driven by high commodity prices mineral extraction is expected to be ...

Who Are The Losers (And Winners) From The NHL Lockout?

November 15, 2012

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

The NHL player lock-out is now heading into its third month. More than $250 million in possible revenue has been foregone by the industry as the parties continue to squabble about the transition from the existing system to ...

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