Canadian Interactive Trade Forecast—2016

The Conference Board of Canada, October 18, 2016
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The Interactive Trade Forecast is a web-based tool allowing users to visualize our five-year forecast for Canadian exports and imports, broken down into nine regions and 22 products. The tool is composed of five charts that can be customized to show individual times series, growth rates, and product and country shares. Moreover, users can directly download the data underlying each chart in a csv format.

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Growth in Canadian exports has been modest so far this year, due in large part to the sluggishness in the U.S. economy. But, in 2017, we expect the gradual rise in commodity prices, improving U.S. economic activity, and the still-low Canadian dollar to generate faster growth in Canadian exports to our southern neighbour. While the U.S. is, by far, Canada’s largest trading partner, about a quarter of Canada’s merchandise exports and more than 40 per cent of its services exports go to non-U.S. markets. Canadian exports to some of these trading partners (such as the EU and China) should grow at a healthy pace in the coming years.

Weak demand within Canada and a Canadian dollar trading below 80 cents U.S. have weighed on import activity over the past two years. However, higher commodity prices and a moderate increase in business investment in 2017 should lift demand for goods and services within Canada, leading to rising imports.

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