In addition to the implications of the minimum wage increase, Marie Christine will cover the full Provincial Outlook 2018 for Ontario, including:
- Consumer spending – Household consumption growth will be easing.
- Government spending – with the provincial budget now balanced, public infrastructure investment is expected to be robust over the next two years.
- Trade outlook – Ontario’s exports should see a boost in 2018, but the uncertain future of the North American Free Trade Agreement creates uncertainty for businesses and policy-makers.
- Investment – Business investment will rebound next year, thanks to stronger spending on non-residential structures and machinery and equipment. Residential investment is on track to post solid growth, but the recent cooling trend in housing markets is expected to continue in 2018.
About Marie Christine
Marie-Christine Bernard is Director, Provincial Forecast at The Conference Board of Canada. Marie-Christine is responsible for the medium and long-term Provincial Outlook forecast and publication. She also works on financed research projects and prepares alternative scenarios to the provincial forecast. Prior to joining the Board in 1996, Marie-Christine was part of an energy and natural resources group (GREEN) at l'Université Laval. She also did research for Gaz Métropolitain, a natural gas distributor in Montreal, on natural gas pricing for non-residential buildings in the province of Quebec.