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Province Lowers Small Business Tax Rate to Coincide with Minimum Wage Hike

  • Daniel Fields
| Nov 14, 2017
With a surplus in their back pocket, the Ontario government felt the time was ripe for a sprinkling of election-friendly announcements including a cut to the small business tax rate and an assortment of minor program spending increases.

Government of Canada Takes Further Action on Housing Policy

  • Craig Alexander
| Nov 09, 2017
The Government is also ensuring that foreign real estate buyers are paying appropriate taxes on their investments. These measures are prudent, with a modest impact.

Canadian Economy Continues Creating Jobs

  • Craig Alexander
| Nov 03, 2017
The continued strength in job creation and recent acceleration in wages supports our view that the Canadian economy will continue to perform well over the second half of this year, after hitting a speed bump in July and August.

2018 Immigration Plan: Higher Levels and a Multi-Year Plan Will Benefit Canada’s Economy

  • Craig Alexander
| Nov 01, 2017
Canada’s decision to increase immigration will help sustain long-term economic growth in light of its rapidly aging population and low birth rate.

Bank of Canada Holds Interest Rates Steady

  • Craig Alexander
| Oct 25, 2017
A pause in interest rate increases is prudent against a backdrop of geopolitical risk. Nevertheless, the dovish tone from the Bank of Canada was surprising. With the economy quickly absorbing its excess capacity and growth in labour productivity suggesting a forthcoming acceleration in wage gains, we continue to believe that three interest rate increases are warranted before the end of 2018.

Better Economy Improves Budget Deficit

| Oct 24, 2017
The Canadian economy delivered solid, and above expected, growth in the final months of 2016. This is positive news and provides a good handoff to 2017. It sets the stage of healthy, but moderate, growth of slightly above 2 per cent this year.

Canada Ranks 14th on the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Competitiveness Index

  • Craig Alexander
| Sep 27, 2017

Employment Increase Continues String of Good Economic News

  • Craig Alexander
| Sep 08, 2017

Conference Board of Canada Upgrades Canada’s Economic Growth Forecast

  • Matthew Stewart
| Jul 13, 2017

Bank of Canada Hikes Overnight Rate by Quarter Percentage Point

  • Craig Alexander
| Jul 12, 2017

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