Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Autumn 2013

The Conference Board of Canada, 82 pages, September 26, 2013
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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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  • A rebound in primary and utilities output will help Halifax’s economy grow by 1.7 per cent in 2013.
  • Weakness in the public sector is limiting Québec City’s economic growth to 1.3 per cent this year.
  • Montréal’s GDP will grow by 1.3 per cent in 2013 as manufacturing output contracts and services sector growth slows.
  • Federal fiscal austerity will limit Ottawa–Gatineau’s GDP growth to 0.8 per cent this year.
  • Slower services growth and a dip in manufacturing will limit growth to 1.6 per cent in Toronto’s economy in 2013.
  • Hamilton’s GDP will expand by 1.3 per cent this year as strength in construction offsets a decline in manufacturing.
  • Weak growth in manufacturing and the services sector will result in 1.4 per cent GDP growth in Winnipeg this year.
  • Regina’s economic growth will soar by 5 per cent this year, pulled up by robust growth in manufacturing and construction.
  • Saskatoon’s economy will expand by a sizzling 5.2 per cent this year, thanks to strength in the goods sector.
  • Goods sector strength will outweigh slower business services growth due to the devastating floods, helping Calgary’s GDP grow by 3.3 per cent in 2013.
  • Edmonton’s GDP will expand by 4.2 per cent in 2013, as the oil sands drive gains in the city’s primary and manufacturing sectors.
  • Vancouver’s economy will grow by 2.2 per cent this year, as modest services growth offsets slower goods-sector growth.
  • Contraction in the public sector will limit Victoria’s GDP growth to just 0.1 per cent this year.

Table of Contents

User’s Guide

Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas

Cross-City Comparison


Canada (français)

Nova Scotia

  • Halifax


  • Québec City
  • Montréal

Québec (français)

  • Ville de Québec (français)
  • Montréal (français)


  • Ottawa–Gatineau
  • Toronto
  • Hamilton


  • Winnipeg


  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

British Columbia

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria

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