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Metropolitan housing starts: May 2020

The monthly Metropolitan housing starts publication provides the recent trends in housing starts for 29 metropolitan areas and expectations for starts over both the short and long term.

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Major City Insights: May 12, 2020

This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of Halifax, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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Index of business confidence: April 2020

This quarterly survey poses ten qualitative questions regarding the business climate and investment intentions to senior officers of approximately 1,500 Canadian business organizations.

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Metropolitan resale snapshot: April 2020

The monthly Metropolitan resale snapshot provides an overview of the existing home market and expectations for existing home price growth over the short term for 30 areas.


Index of consumer confidence: April 2020

The monthly Index of consumer confidence is constructed from responses to four attitudinal questions posed to a random sample of Canadian households.

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Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Spring 2020

This preliminary Provincial Outlook updates our outlook for the Canadian economy and provides our new, preliminary estimates for growth in each of the provinces in this challenging year.


Metropolitan Outlook 2: Winter 2020

This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Kingston, Oshawa, St. Catharines–Niagara, Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo, Guelph, London, Windsor, Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Abbotsford.

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Provincial Outlook Long-Term Economic Forecast: 2020

This annual economic forecast presents the long-term provincial outlook.

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Composite leading index for Canada: February 2020

The composite leading index of the Canadian economy sums up the performance of nine components that track the short-term course of the economy.

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Canadian Outlook Economic Forecast: Spring 2020 Summary

This quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of the Canadian Outlook report, which presents the short-term national outlook.

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Canadian Outlook Long-Term Economic Forecast: 2020

This annual economic forecast presents the long-term national outlook. The U.S. economic outlook is presented in a separate section.

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World Outlook Economic Forecast: Winter 2020

This quarterly examination of the short-term economic outlook for the world's major economies also contains an in-depth analysis of a number of issues that are relevant for understanding world economic trends and developments.

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Survey of forecasters: Winter 2020

This quarterly survey reflects the opinions of Canada’s top forecasting organizations and their outlook for the Canadian economy.

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Travel Markets Outlook: National and Metropolitan Focus—February 2020

This report is a forecast of tourism activity in Canada, the provinces, Yukon, and nine Canadian cities. It also provides an outlook for domestic, United States, and key overseas markets such as Europe and Asia. Travel prices are examined, including costs of travel (air, rail, and car); accommodation; food and beverages; as well as recreation and entertainment.

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U.S. Outlook Economic Forecast: Winter 2020

This quarterly report focuses on the latest economic developments in the U.S. economy, tracking trends in labour, consumer, energy and housing markets, and examining industries and regions. Monetary and fiscal policy assumptions are also included.

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Territorial Outlook: Summer 2019

The Territorial Outlook provides the economic and fiscal outlook for each of Canada’s three Northern territories, including output by industry, labour markets, and demographics.

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Travel Exclusive: March–April 2019

This bi-monthly publication from the Canadian Tourism Research Institute features articles that outline key trends for the travel industry.

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Leading indicator of industry profitability: July 2019

The monthly Leading indicator of industry profitability is constructed from high frequency data series. The indicators are designed to be predictive of movements in corporate profitability six months hence. An industry leading index is created for the economy as a whole, as well as for 49 individual sectors within the economy, thus providing coverage for most of the private business activity that takes place in Canada.

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Alberta Fiscal Snapshot: Winter 2019

This “fiscal snapshot” looks at the state of Alberta’s economy and its government’s fiscal challenges, and provides a short- and medium-term outlook for the province.

About Economics

The Conference Board of Canada’s Economics Division, headed by Pedro Antunes, is recognized worldwide for its expertise in economic forecasting, modelling and analysis. We have produced accurate economic forecasts for Canada and the provinces for more than 25 years. Our Canadian forecast was recognized as the most accurate between 1994–2003—the most recent period covered in the analysis, by the Canadian Public Policy Journal.

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Pedro Antunes
Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist