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The 2019 Western Canadian Metro Areas Outlook: Economic Uncertainty Abounds

Many western Canadian metropolitan economies enjoyed boom conditions from the mid 2000s until the mid-2010s. But economic activity since then has been much more uneven. If you are doing business in or have policy responsibilities in any of these regions, this is a one-time opportunity to learn how these economies are faring – compared to each other, and to their own recent history. Find out how 8 census metropolitan areas and 7 census agglomerations from Manitoba to British Columbia are expected to perform in 2019 and 2020 from The Conference Board of Canada’s exclusive Metropolitan Outlook and Mid-Sized Cities forecasts.

Recorded Webinar | November 2019 | Christopher Heschl | The Conference Board of Canada

Saskatoon and Regina Economic Outlook 2019: After the Boom, Beyond the Bust

Saskatchewan’s boom years are over, however a slow and steady growth is still in place for the province’s two major population centres – Regina and Saskatoon. This live webinar from our Centre for Municipal Studies will give you a unique perspective on the national, provincial, Saskatoon and Regina economies. These insights are crucial for Saskatchewan’s business leaders and policy makers planning for 2019 and beyond.

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | Robin Wiebe | The Conference Board of Canada

A Light at the End of the Pipeline? The 2018-19 Metropolitan Outlook for Edmonton and Calgary

Calgary and Edmonton’s economies have returned to their pre-recession levels, but growth is moderating from the strong rebound in 2017. Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth is on track to come in around 2 per cent in both cities in 2018, with a similar expansion in the cards for 2019. Moreover, there is a significant downside risk to this already moderate outlook if pipeline expansion projects fail to get the green light.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Kingston 2018 Socio-Economic Report Card

This report presents an in-depth study of Kingston’s attractiveness to skilled workers and businesses in relation to eleven other Canadian cities. We benchmark 22 indicators that are critical to a city’s competitiveness. These indicators are grouped into three categories: economy, innovation, and society. A city that ranks highly in this benchmarking analysis will likely be more attractive to people and investment, ensuring it has a brighter future. Kingston ranks in the top half in all three categories, boding well for its outlook.

Recorded Webinar | June 2018 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

The 2018 Metropolitan Outlook: Will a National Slowdown Affect Your City?

Canadian cities drove the economy to its fastest growth in a decade in 2017. But this pace will slow in 2018 because highly leveraged households will cut back on their spending. Tighter mortgage rules and rising interest rates will weigh down housing market activity. In addition, the trade outlook is very uncertain. Canada’s cities have wide-ranging outlooks for 2018, and The Conference Board of Canada is the only economic forecaster that can give you a comprehensive economic analysis for 29 Canadian cities. The Metropolitan Outlook now includes a first-time forecast for the Guelph Census Metropolitan Area.If you are doing business in Canadian cities, this analysis is the only time in which you can learn how metropolitan areas are faring – compared to each other, and to their own recent history.

Recorded Webinar | February 2018 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Saskatoon and Regina Economic Outlook 2017–18: A Rebound in Economic Growth

Regina and Saskatoon are emerging from two years of below-par economic performance in 2017. Growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to rise 3.6 per cent in Saskatoon and 2.9 per cent in Regina.Healthier GDP growth should prove a tonic for the job market in both centres. Still, growth hinges on sustained recovery in oil, potash, and crop prices—none of which is guaranteed. Weaker-than-expected commodity prices continue to threaten Saskatchewan’s economy, and thus those of the province’s two largest cities.Get a unique perspective on the national, Saskatchewan and Saskatoon and Regina economies in this webinar. The Conference Board’s Centre for Municipal Studies has produced quarterly Economic forecasts for Canada’s Census Metropolitan Areas for more than 20 years. These insights are crucial for Saskatchewan’s business leaders and policy makers.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Free from Recession: The 2017-18 Metropolitan Outlook for Alberta Cities

Economies in Edmonton and Calgary are expected to grow this year for the first time in three years, in line with improving oil prices. However, the economic recovery will be modest by these cities’ standards. Only The Conference Board of Canada has the breadth, experience and expertise to provide you with the macroeconomic fundamentals you need to navigate this uncertain period for Alberta’s cities. This live webinar is a must for anyone who does business in Alberta’s two major urban centres, including: business planners and strategists, economists, controllers, financial forecasters and business analysts, market and industry analysts, marketing and sales professionals, and policymakers.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Mid-Sized Cities Outlook 2017-18: Rally in the Resource Towns

Resource-dependent communities are starting to rebound from the slump in commodity prices. In 2017 and 2018, medium and mid-sized cities in commodity-producing areas are coming back from the two-year downturn sparked by the big decline in natural resource prices.Cities with populations of between 40,000 and 400,000 are critical engines for their regions and nobody covers their economies like The Conference Board of Canada. Join Alan Arcand to obtain the perspective you need about regional hubs from coast to coast. Seven of the 23 cities covered by The Conference Board of Canada are expected to achieve average annual growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) of more than 2 per cent in 2017 and 2018. The Alberta centres of Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Red Deer make up 3 of those 7. Also surpassing the 2 per cent growth mark on average are Ontario manufacturing centres, Windsor and Oshawa, along with Abbotsford-Mission and Sherbrooke. Another 9 cities are expected to post average real GDP growth of between 1.5 and 2 per cent over the next 2 years. The outlooks for the following cities will be presented:Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John’sNew Brunswick: Miramichi, Moncton, Saint JohnQuebec: Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Trois-RivieresSouthern Ontario: Kingston, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, London, Oshawa, St. Catharines-Niagara, WindsorNorthern Ontario: Sault Ste. Marie, Greater Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder BayManitoba: BrandonAlberta: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red DeerBritish Columbia: Abbotsford-Mission, Prince George

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

The 2017 Metropolitan Outlook: Growth Amid Uncertainty

Canadian cities are the driving forces of regional and provincial economies. At a time when the Canadian economy could be buffeted by forces south of the border and around the world, understanding the prospects for our cities is essential for business leaders and government policy makers. Join us for this annual snapshot of 28 Canadian census metropolitan areas. This is the only time each year that the Conference Board produces an economic outlook for all 28 cities that it covers. Don’t miss this opportunity to be informed by Canada’s most comprehensive economic forecast for Canadian Cities. From St. John’s to Victoria, this webinar will give you the knowledge you need make business decisions and to plan for the year ahead.

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond Slogans: Comparing Canadian Cities to the World’s Best

Canada’s major metropolitan regions are competing with other global cities for talent and investment. In such a world, cities need to know how they stack up against other globally competitive metro areas in this race for highly-skilled workers and business investment. In this webinar, find out how five Canadian metropolitan areas— Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax—fare against 15 other global cities overall, and on Economy and Social categories. The Economy category features 21 indicators that measure local economic performance and business environment. The 11 indicators in the Social category capture some of the societal and environmental complexities that distinguish a great metro region from a mediocre one. These measures underpin a region’s ability to lure educated, creative, and diverse people. It is a combination of success on all fronts that makes a region attractive to people and private investment. Join Alan Arcand for this illuminating webinar showing how Canadian cities compare economically and socially against some of the leading metropolitan areas in the world. The analysis is based on Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard 2016, prepared by The Conference Board of Canada for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The Conference Board of Canada is well known for its city benchmarking reports, having completed similar exercises evaluating Toronto and Montréal.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Regina & Saskatoon Economic Outlook 2016-17: Going Against the Grain

Following a downturn in 2015, Regina and Saskatoon are on track to return to positive economic growth in 2016, but gains are expected to stay modest in the short-term. Both cities have been hurt by soft natural resource prices since late 2014, which ended an economic boom that spanned uninterrupted for nearly 11 years. Join us for this 60-minute live webinar for the macroeconomic analysis you need to help your organization navigate today’s turbulent economic environment. Find out what the future has in store for Regina and Saskatoon, and get the concrete data you need to develop your business’ short- and medium-term plan.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | Alan Arcand, Robin Wiebe | The Conference Board of Canada

A Return to Bloom in Wild Rose Country? The 2016–17 Metropolitan Outlook for Alberta Cities

Albertans are enduring a steep and protracted recession, as plummeting crude oil prices have forced companies to slash capital budgets in the oil patch. Fortunately, we expect layoffs and cuts to capital budgets to ease over the next few months. As the province approaches another economic turning point, join us for expert analysis of the outlooks for Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. Only The Conference Board of Canada has the breadth, experience and expertise to provide you with the macroeconomic fundamentals you need to navigate this uncertain period for Alberta’s urban economies. This live webinar is a must for anyone who does business in Alberta’s urban centres, including: business planners and strategists, economists, controllers, financial forecasters and business analysts, market and industry analysts, marketing and sales professionals, and policymakers.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Mid-Sized Canadian Cities 2016-17: Regional Hubs and Economic Engines

The downturn in natural resource prices since late 2014 has changed the picture for small-and-medium-sized Canadian cities. Resource-dependent communities, which had enjoyed a decade-long commodities-fueled boom, have seen their fortunes downgraded. Meanwhile, many mid-sized cities in Ontario and British Columbia are on a multi-year growth trajectory, buoyed in part by a weaker Canadian dollar and moderate U.S. demand. Join The Conference Board of Canada for a comprehensive picture of the economic outlooks for cities with population of between 40,000 and 400,000. Given the valuable role that Canada’s mid-sized cities play as regional hubs and economic engines in their respective areas, don’t miss this webinar for the perspective you need about cities from coast to coast. Alan Arcand from The Conference Board’s Centre for Municipal Studies will provide expert analysis of economic indicators such as: Real GDP Growth Employment The housing market Population growth Migration flows Personal income Consumer spending

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

The 2016 Toronto Economic Outlook: Building a Strong Recovery

Toronto’s economy is on the upswing—real GDP growth surpassed 3 per cent in both 2014 and 2015, the first time that has happened since the late 1990s. In addition, the region is poised for more good news in 2016. So what’s happening in Canada’s largest city? Manufacturing output is expected to strengthen in the coming year, thanks to low oil prices, a weak Canadian dollar, and a healthy U.S. economy. At the same time, numerous non-residential projects will keep the construction sector busy, helping to offset a slowdown in housing starts. But can this growth continue? What else can Toronto residents expect in the coming year?

Recorded Webinar | April 2016 | Alan Arcand, Constantinos Bougas | The Conference Board of Canada

Vancouver: The 2016 Metropolitan Economic and Housing Outlook

Things are looking good for Vancouver in 2016. For the second year in a row, Vancouver is expected to be the fastest growing metro area in Canada among those covered in The Conference Board’s Metropolitan Outlook. Real GDP grew by 3.9 per cent last year – the largest gain since 2005 – and is forecast to rise by a further 3.3 per cent in 2016. What’s causing this growth? The construction sector is expected to lead the way thanks to steady new home construction and numerous non-residential and mixed-use projects. Meanwhile, manufacturing will continue to shine thanks to the federal government’s $8 billion shipbuilding contract, a weak Canadian dollar, and a healthy U.S. economy. But will this boom continue? And for how long? The housing market continues to soar, both in starts and in sales. Year-over-year price growth hit about 30 per cent in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley in February. Housing starts grew by an strong 5.3 per cent in 2015, and are expected to grow by another 2 per cent this year. Developers are focusing on building higher-density condominium and mixed-use properties across the region, but affordability remains a significant and growing concern.

Recorded Webinar | April 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

The Atlantic Canada Outlook: Waves of Growth in 2016

Despite uncertain economic prospects, and lower growth rates for the provinces themselves, cities in Atlantic Canada are outperforming many of their peers across the country. In fact, two Maritime cities rank in the top 10 among 28 Canadian cities covered in The Conference Board of Canada's Metropolitan Outlook. So what’s the cause of this growth? And will it continue into next year and beyond? Join Alan Arcand from the Conference Board’s Centre for Municipal Studies as he provides an in-depth look at the economic outlooks for four cities in Atlantic Canada: Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, and St. John's. Halifax and Moncton rank in the top tier of cities for economic growth in 2016, while Saint John is expected to see growth top 2 per cent for the second year in a row. The situation in St. John's mirrors that of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, but Mature oil wells and a slowing construction sector are expected to hamper growth in 2016.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

The 2016 Metropolitan Outlook: Canadian Urbanomics

Our cities are the driving forces of Canada’s regional and provincial economies. Understanding how and why these cities are performing economically is critical for businesses and government leaders when making decisions about the year ahead. Don’t miss this opportunity to be as informed as you can be with Canada’s most comprehensive economic forecast for Canadian Cities. Don’t miss our Metropolitan Outlook for 2016. In this exclusive webinar, you’ll hear the Conference Board’s annual coast-to-coast forecast for 28 Canadian cities. This presentation will give you everything you need to know about how cities from St. John’s to Victoria will fare in 2016, which ones are outpacing the others, and why. The cities we’ll be covering include: Atlantic Canada: St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Halifax Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Hamilton, Kingston, Oshawa, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, London, St. Catharines-Niagara, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sudbury Western Canada: Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford-Mission

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | Alan Arcand | The Conference Board of Canada

Vancouver and B.C. Housing Markets: strong – for now

This recorded webinar explores the state of the housing market in Vancouver and other centres in British Columbia — Abbotsford, Kelowna and Victoria. Vancouver’s market is surging, mainly due to strong price growth for single-detached homes. But a slowing Chinese economy could cool housing demand, compounding the affordability challenges in Canada's highest-priced market . The outlook is generally solid for the Fraser Valley/ Abbotsford and in the Okanagan/Kelowna, where strong population growth is boosting demand. However, a soft economic outlook in Victoria means a weak housing market in the capital city.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | Robin Wiebe | The Conference Board of Canada

Toronto Economic Outlook Webinar

It’s no longer business as usual. The rules are changing. And you might need a new play book for 2010. The economy is struggling, be it at the global, national, provincial and municipal fronts. And Toronto is not immune to this slowdown. The Conference Board delivers a webinar that gets you on the right page and will help you establish new strategies and business plans based on accurate economic data.

Recorded Webinar | October 2009 | Mario Lefebvre | The Conference Board of Canada

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