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. 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 releases

Slower economic recovery as COVID-19 cases spike across Canada

The real GDP grew in September. These modest figures, as well as a preliminary estimate growth for October, show that escalating cases of COVID-19 and stricter public health measures have weighed heavily on Canada’s economic recovery.

Quick take  |  4-min read
December 1, 2020

Expectations on the Upswing Across the Country: Metropolitan Housing Starts

There are 10 census metropolitan areas (CMAs) with both positive short- and long-term expectations this month, three more than last month. Ontario cities make up the majority of those with positive expectations for both the short and long terms.

Online experience  |  2-min read
December 1, 2020

Government to the rescue, again

Minister Freeland has highlighted the importance of rolling out a vaccine and providing additional support to households and businesses through what will be a tough winter for many Canadians. The additional spending coupled with a lasting negative hit to government revenues will add copiously to the federal debt—boosting the net debt-to-GDP ratio from 35 per cent pre-COVID to around 54 per cent over the medium term.

Quick take  |  3-min read
November 30, 2020

Consumer confidence stalled in November as the pandemic lingers: Index of consumer confidence

November’s Index of Consumer Confidence stalled for the second consecutive month. COVID-19 cases surged in multiple provinces this month. As the pandemic lingers, more Canadians expect their future finances and job prospects to remain the same in six months.

Online experience  |  3-min read
November 27, 2020

Tough Times Ahead: Provincial Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp contraction in economic activity throughout the world. We expect global real GDP to decline this year, crushed by the lockdowns that brought a halt to non-essential activities in most countries in the second quarter of 2020.

Online experience  |  3-min read
November 25, 2020

Sales Plateau in October but Remain Strong: Metropolitan Resale Snapshot

Canada’s existing housing markets plateaued in October. Residential demand persists despite an emerging second COVID-19 wave and still-uncertain economic prospects. Buyers continue to be lured by ultra-low interest rates and the desire for more living space in an era of pandemic restrictions and work-from-home practices.

Online experience  |  3-min read
November 23, 2020

Upcoming events

Slow Train Coming, Canada’s Emergence from Recession

The Chief Economist will look at how different regions of the world have handled the virus and the prospects for recovery heading into 2021. The numerous risks to the U.S. outlook will also be examined as will the implications of the presidential election for both the U.S. and global economy.

Webinar  |  December 15, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

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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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