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Provincial Economies Get a Boost: Provincial Outlook

Canada’s economic growth will be uncharacteristically robust over the next two years as it rebounds from the severe shutdowns in key sectors of the economy in 2020. The speed of the pandemic-induced decline in the spring of 2020 has been followed by a rapid recovery as restrictions are eased.

Online experience  |  8-min read
September 23, 2021
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Retail sales decline as consumers redirect their spending

The steam is fading. After public health restrictions were eased around many parts of the country in June, retailers naturally saw a boost to their sales. However, as restrictions continued to ease in July, many Canadians decided to spend on leisure activities such as travel and dining rather than on retail goods.

Quick take  |  2-min read
September 23, 2021
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Low-income Canadian households will suffer the most from soaring inflation

Canadians have been enjoying the return of some simple pleasures over the last few months. As the vaccination rate has increased, people have been heading out to patios, booking vacations, and engaging in social activities. This is good news. But every rose has its thorn. Provincial and territorial reopenings have also brought with them a spike in prices.

Op-ed  |  4-min read
September 21, 2021
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

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Searching for Strengths: Gaps and Opportunities for Social and Emotional Skills Development in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector

The tourism and hospitality (T&H) sector was hit especially hard by the pandemic. The International Monetary Fund reported that the industry “will continue to struggle until people feel safe to travel en masse again.” Helping displaced workers in the sector find new and meaningful employment is crucial to both the people who have been directly affected and the broader economic recovery.

Issue briefing  |  15-min read
September 21, 2021
Focus Area—Education & Skills
Client—Future Skills Centre