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. 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 releases

Firms remain pessimistic although business confidence rises: Index of business confidence

Despite the improvement, business sentiment remains well below its pre-pandemic level. This is a concerning development considering that, heading into this year, the Index had already been hovering at its lowest level since the financial crisis over a decade ago.

Online experience  |  5-min read
November 23, 2020

Retail sales rise in September, but gains likely slowed in October

Today’s Statistics Canada release showed that retail sales rose in September. Strong gains in household income—due largely to government stimulus during the pandemic—and historically low interest rates have been encouraging sales of big-ticket items.

Quick take  |  2-min read
November 20, 2020

City sicker: Will Canada’s pandemic-stricken urban centres survive?

Housing markets have always mirrored social trends in Canada. The automobile, for example, helped fuel suburban growth in the mid-20th century. A home-ownership tsunami brought on by baby boomers led to a decline in the construction of new rental units in the 1990s. And in the past 20 years, the housing story has been about the growth of our cities, at the cost of small towns and rural communities.

Op-ed  |  5-min read
November 19, 2020

Surge in food prices pushed October inflation higher

Inflation inched up in October thanks to increases in food and shelter prices. While the demand for clothing, travel and transportation remained suppressed, consumer prices continued to rise because of a pick-up in housing demand and limited supply of product amid the pandemic.

Quick take  |  2-min read
November 18, 2020

Tough Times Ahead: Provincial Outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp contraction in economic activity throughout the world. We expect global real GDP to decline this year, crushed by the lockdowns that brought a halt to non-essential activities in most countries in the second quarter of 2020.

Online experience  |  3-min read
November 18, 2020

Manufacturing sales bounce back in third quarter

With September numbers in, manufacturing sales rebounded in the third quarter, following the sharp decline in the second quarter of the year. Growth was widespread across industries and regions. Higher prices for lumber, coupled with sharp increases in exports of forestry products and building and packaging materials, supported growth in the wood industry while higher sales of pharmaceuticals and medicine amid the pandemic led to higher sales in chemical manufacturing.

Quick take  |  2-min read
November 16, 2020

Upcoming events

Slow Train Coming, Canada’s Emergence from Recession

The Chief Economist will look at how different regions of the world have handled the virus and the prospects for recovery heading into 2021. The numerous risks to the U.S. outlook will also be examined as will the implications of the presidential election for both the U.S. and global economy.

Webinar  |  December 15, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

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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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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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