Metropolitan Outlook 2: Economic Insights into 16 Canadian Metropolitan Economies—Summer 2019

The Conference Board of Canada, 292 pages, August 1, 2019
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This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Kingston, Oshawa, St. Catharines–Niagara, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Windsor, Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Abbotsford.

Document Highlights

As increased offshore oil production boosts output in the primary and utilities sector in St. John’s in 2019, real GDP will expand by 4.0 per cent—the fastest growth of any major Canadian metropolitan area.

Abbotsford–Mission, Guelph, and Sherbrooke will post decent economic growth of 2.9 per cent, 2.5 per cent, and 2.1 per cent, respectively, this year.

Windsor, Oshawa, Kingston, Trois-Rivières, Moncton, London, Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo, Saint John, Saguenay, Greater Sudbury, St. Catharines–Niagara will all see more moderate economic growth of 2.0 per cent or less in 2019.

Cooling growth in manufacturing, construction, and transportation and warehousing will limit Thunder Bay’s real GDP growth to 0.9 per cent in 2019.

Table of Contents


CANADA (français)

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • St. John’s

New Brunswick

  • Moncton
  • Saint John

Nouveau-Brunswick (français)

  • Moncton (français)


  • Saguenay
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Sherbrooke

Québec (français)

  • Saguenay (français)
  • Trois-Rivières (français)
  • Sherbrooke (français)


  • Kingston
  • Oshawa
  • St. Catharines–Niagara
  • Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo
  • Guelph
  • London
  • Windsor
  • Greater Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay

British Columbia

  • Abbotsford–Mission

Appendix A—Cross-City Comparison

Appendix B—User’s Guide

Appendix C—Glossary of Economic Terms

Appendix D—Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas

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