Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Nova Scotia—June 2020

The Conference Board of Canada, 17 pages, June 17, 2020
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This quarterly economic forecast for the province of Nova Scotia examines the economic outlook for the province, including gross domestic product (GDP), output by industry and labour market conditions.

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  • Nova Scotia’s economy will contract by 3.8 per cent in 2020, its sharpest recession in 40 years.
  • Nova Scotia lost an unprecedented 75,400 jobs in March and April.
  • Due to travel restrictions and physical distancing measures, the tourism- and recreation-related industries have come to a grinding halt. Output in the accommodation and food services sector will plummet by a record-breaking 37 per cent this year.
  • After five consecutive years of surpluses, Nova Scotia’s government will have a hard time keeping its budget in balance for fiscal year 2020–21.
  • Slumping lobster demand and a struggling forestry industry weigh heavily on the province’s export outlook for 2020.

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