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

Latest GDP data shows Canada’s economic recovery is slowing

Following a 6.5 per cent jump in June, real GDP grew by 3.0 per cent in July. This slower pace of recovery is in line with estimates from The Conference Board of Canada’s latest national forecast.

Quick take  |  3-min read

Canadian Outlook Autumn 2020: COVID-19 and Uncertainty to Flatten the Curve of Economic Recovery

Canada’s economy bounced back in recent months following the economic plunge sparked by the COVID-related shutdown in March and April. The quick rebound is good news, but a gaping chasm remains to be closed before Canada’s economy is back to normal. We expect localized closures and a retrenchment in some segments to hold back the pace of recovery into mid-2021.

Online experience  |  2-min read

Index of consumer confidence : September 2020

September’s consumer confidence ticked higher, but recovery is far from over. The Index of Consumer Confidence inched up in September, thanks to increased overall optimism on all four survey questions. Despite this month’s uptick, the pace of the recovery of consumer confidence has stalled.

Online experience  |  3-min read

Uneven recovery: Provincial Outlook, Summer 2020

More Outlooks are now available. As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, countries mandated lockdowns to slow the transmission of the disease—economic activity ground to a halt. The pandemic-led shutdown in Canada produced a deep and synchronized impact on economic activity across all provinces in March and April.

Impact paper  |  25-min read

Bracing for Automation: What Are Canada’s Most Vulnerable Jobs?

In an era of lightning-fast technological change, it’s more important than ever that Canadian leaders understand how the adoption of new technologies will impact Canada’s labour force.

Online experience  |  4-min read

Trekking Our Trails

Canada is fortunate: It has a vast, well-connected network of trails that weave through built and natural environments alike. Trails provide character and access to cities, boost tourism, contribute to mental and physical health, and help relieve stress on the natural ecosystem.

Online experience  |  2-min read

Upcoming events

U.S. Outlook Webinar: Comeback in the Midst of Huge Uncertainty

The U.S. economy is starting to emerge from the devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While real GDP dropped in the second quarter of 2020, we expect a sharp rebound in growth in the second half of this year and into 2021. However, our outlook depends crucially on a successful containment of the virus, something that has turned out to be challenging especially in Southern states like Florida.

Webinar  |  November 10, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

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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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Survey

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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