Canadian Economics

The Conference Board of Canada is the country’s largest private economic analysis and forecasting unit. Key services include medium- and long-term outlooks on the national, provincial/territorial, metropolitan, and industrial economies, as well as custom economic analysis and forecasting for our clients. We are here to help leaders cut through the noise and make informed decisions to build the Canada of tomorrow.

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Recent Reports

A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry

British Columbia is becoming the focal point of a new Canadian industry—liquefied natural gas. It will generate investment, growth, employment, taxes, and royalties for B.C., provinces and territories, and the federal government for decades to come.

Issue briefing  |  5-min read
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Inflation bounced back as economy reopens

Businesses operating under costly COVID-19 restrictions could push up consumer prices near-term, despite the weak state of the economy.

Quick take  |  2-min read

Retail sales rebound, but remain below pre-pandemic levels

While Statistics Canada’s early estimate suggests that retail sales could be fully recovered in June, translating retail sales to the broader economic recovery may be optimistic. Income supplement programs helped maintain spending power over and above what other economic indicators suggest.

Quick take  |  3-min read

Expectations still largely negative: Metropolitan housing starts, July 2020

The monthly Metropolitan housing starts publication provides the recent trends in housing starts for 29 metropolitan areas and expectations for starts over both the short and long term.

Online experience  |  1-min read

Canadian Long-Term Outlook Summary: Summer 2020

Canada’s economy—like that of almost every other country around the globe—has been hammered by COVID-19. But while the pandemic’s impacts have been devastating, they should also be brief. Our long-term forecast remains driven by demographic and economic expectations that are generally unchanged.

Impact paper  |  10-min read

Extend wage subsidy program, not individual response benefits

The CEWS is key to helping business deal with the high costs of running a business while COVID-19 is still a threat. The program has received little uptake so far because businesses are just starting to reopen and because companies have been struggling to interpret whether they qualify.

Op-ed  |  4-min read

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Pedro Antunes

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Business confidence survey

Since 1977, we have surveyed senior Canadian business executives to put together the Index of Business Confidence. The Bank of Canada uses this quarterly index to help measure capacity and inflation pressures as it sets monetary and financial markets policy.

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The Survey of forecasters is a quarterly survey that reflects the opinions of Canada’s top forecasting organizations and their outlook for the Canadian economy.

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