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Canada and the Provinces at the Back of the Class When It Comes to the Environment

Our latest How Canada Performs: Environment report card assesses the environmental performance of Canada, the provinces, and 15 countries based on three indicator categories: air pollution, freshwater management, and climate change. Canada and six of the provinces receive “D” or “D−” grades putting them at the back of the class. In fact, Canada ranks 14th out of 16 peers countries; only the U.S. and Australia do worse.

Ontario is the top-ranked province, scoring a “B” and ranking 11th overall. Quebec, British Columbia, and P.E.I. are “C” grade performers. Meanwhile, the Prairie and remaining Atlantic provinces get “D” and “D−” grades.

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Tough Year Ahead for Canada’s Oil and Gas Extraction Industries

Canada’s oil and natural extraction industries face another challenging year, as prices remain low. Following a record pre-tax loss of more than $7 billion in 2015, Canada’s oil extraction industry is expected to lose more than $3 billion this year. Meanwhile, the country’s gas extraction industry should post a $1-billion dollar loss this year. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Market conditions are expected to gradually improve, and both the oil and the gas industries should post profits in 2017, albeit modest ones.


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High-Value Skills

Employment growth for engineering and applied science technicians and technologists has outpaced overall employment growth in Canada over the past 15 years, and demand for this professional group is expected to continue to grow over the next few years. Their average weekly wage rate has remained more than 20 per cent above the national average between 1997–98 and 2013–14 (the years covered by our study). Based on the most recent statistics, they contribute $54.7 billion to the economy, or 3.3 per cent of GDP, each year.


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Canadians’ Financial Woes Taking a Bite Out of Canada’s Food Services Industry

Canada’s restaurants face challenging times ahead. Canadians are dealing with weaker growth in disposable income and high levels of household debt, and, in difficult economic times, dining out is one of the first items that households cut back on. Fortunately, the low loonie should boost the number of visitors to Canada and lead to an increase in food services spending.


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Cities as Leaders of Economic Growth

In this first of a two-part series, our 2015–16 Honorary Associate L. Jacques Ménard, C.C., O.Q. shares his thoughts on the role of the Canadian city in confronting the nation’s future.

Our country, like many others, faces uncertain economic times. As local, regional, and global challenges—some unpredictable—threaten Canadians’ standard of living and Canada’s competitiveness, Canadian cities need to build resilience and achieve economic growth. It’s not merely a call for governments to “do something” or for businesses to “give something” but rather a call for Canadian cities to “become something.”

Look for part two of this series in the June newsletter.


CBoC Highlights

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Louis Thériault explains why Canada receives a “D” grade in our new environment report card on CBC’s “The Exchange.” Glen Hodgson examines the impact of a low loonie on Canadian pro sports franchises on CBC’s “The Exchange.”
   
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Gregory Hermus tells BNN why the rising loonie could affect Canadians’ travel plans. Mark Robbins discusses commercializing research from post-secondary institutions in this Conference Board video presentation.

In This Issue

  • Canada and the Provinces at the Back of the Class When It Comes to the Environment
  • Tough Year Ahead for Canada’s Oil and Gas Extraction Industries
  • High-Value Skills
  • Canadians’ Financial Woes Taking a Bite Out of Canada’s Food Services Industry
  • Cities as Leaders of Economic Growth

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