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 for our clients. We are here to help leaders cut through the noise and make informed decisions to build the Canada of tomorrow.

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Recent Reports

Economic implications of social distancing to August

The spread of COVID-19 is a humanitarian emergency that is causing a change in global behaviour unlike anything that most of us have ever seen in our lifetime. Countries around the world are closing their borders and imposing quarantine measures on their citizens.


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Economic insights into 13 Canadian metropolitan economies —Winter 2020

Global growth is slowing, and Canada is not immune. After a tough start to 2019, the Canadian economy bounced strongly in the second quarter. Although the headline growth number was impressive, the gain was entirely driven by the trade sector, as final domestic demand contracted—the third decline in four quarters.


Bridging Canada’s skills gap

The skills that workers need are changing thanks to automation and new technologies. That means it’s more important than ever to find reliable ways to identify the gaps between the skills workers have and the skills employers need, and how those gaps will change over time.


Canadian Outlook Summary Spring 2020

Canada’s economic growth ground to a halt in the fourth quarter of 2019. With the economy already on precarious footing, the added shocks of the recent rail blockade protests, the arrival of COVID-19, and a collapse in oil prices have brought the country to the brink of recession.


The impact of Toronto’s financial sector

Toronto is North America's second largest financial centre, ranking among the most important in the world. The city’s financial services sector continues to grow and has a significant influence on the local economy, Canada’s international footprint, and the success of Canadian businesses.


Canadian outlook economic forecast: Winter 2020

The headline story about the economy over the past few months has been the likelihood of a recession in the coming year. Global growth slowed as the trade war between China and the U.S. escalated, and this has driven fears that Canada—a country that is highly dependent on trade—could be on the brink of recession.


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Business confidence survey

Since 1977, we have surveyed senior Canadian business executives to put together the Index of Business Confidence. The Bank of Canada uses this quarterly index to help measure capacity and inflation pressures as it sets monetary and financial markets policy.

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