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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Uneven recovery across Canadian cities: Major City Insights

Life in cities across the country is on pause. Canadian cities are still attempting to control a second wave of COVID-19. And while all areas and industries are feeling the impact, some are being hit harder than others.

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April 13, 2021

Expectations Slightly Better this Month: Metropolitan Housing Starts

There are 11 Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) with positive short- and long-term expectations this month, two more than last month. These are the CMAs in the up-up quadrant. Two CMAs remain in the down-down quadrant, with negative expectations for both the short and long terms.

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April 13, 2021

Hope at Last: Canadian Outlook

The surge in new COVID-19 cases last autumn continued in the early part of this year and led to a return of strict lockdowns in many parts of the country. This depressed economic activity, and we anticipate that real GDP growth will increase by only 0.7 per cent in the first quarter of this year. Although the worst of the second wave has subsided, new infections remain high, while more severe variants of the virus continue to increase.

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April 13, 2021

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Canada adds 303,100 jobs in March, but dark clouds are on the horizon

The labour force survey brings news of employment growth across Canada, pushing the unemployment rate to a new low since the onset of the pandemic. Notable employment gains in the retail sector and in Ontario fueled the jobs recovery in March.

Quick take  |  4-min read
April 9, 2021

Vaccines and a Recovery in Energy, Tourism, and Exports Boost Provincial Economic Activity: Provincial Outlook

The development and rollout of effective vaccines against COVID-19 has provided optimism that an end to the health crisis is in sight, and that is lifting battered economies all around the world out of the steepest recession in modern times.

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April 7, 2021

Lockdowns didn’t stop national growth in January

Amid stricter lockdowns in Ontario and Quebec, Canada’s real GDP managed to post growth in January. With a preliminary estimate of 0.5 per cent growth for February, this suggests that first quarter growth will be stronger than expected in our most recent national forecast.

Quick take  |  4-min read
March 31, 2021

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