Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Nova Scotia—Autumn 2019

The Conference Board of Canada, 21 pages, January 10, 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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  • At 2.1 per cent, Nova Scotia is on track this year to see its strongest real GDP growth in a decade.
  • Despite an aging population, solid levels of international immigration and positive interprovincial migration will keep the province’s population growing over the forecast.
  • Conditions for household spending remain favourable, thanks to a decent pace of population, employment, and wage growth.
  • National shipbuilding programs are sustaining growth in the province’s manufacturing sector.
  • Non-residential investment spending is forecast to improve over the near term as construction work on the Goldboro liquefied natural gas project is expected to ramp up, starting in 2021.
  • Rising global demand for seafood, the provisional implementation of CETA, and upgrades to transportation infrastructure support our view that demand for Nova Scotia exports will rise over the forecast.

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