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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Recent releases

Consumer confidence flattened in the presence of restrictions: Index of Consumer Confidence

Canadians are significantly more confident about the future this month, thanks to the rollout of vaccines and the easing of restrictions in some regions. Close to 20 per cent of survey respondents believe there will be more jobs on the market six months from now—the highest share of positive responses since 2002. Optimism about future employment kept the index from falling this month.

Online experience  |  8-min read
March 1, 2021

Recovery Rests on Vaccine Rollout: Canadian Outlook

The news that safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 have begun to be distributed has provided optimism that the pandemic could soon be beaten, lifting battered economies all around the world out of the deepest recession in modern times. This aligns with the assumption in our prior forecast, along with the expectation that still rising COVID-19 cases would lead to additional health-related restrictions and flatten the economic recovery over the first half of 2021.

Online experience  |  2-min read
March 1, 2021

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.

Online experience  |  4-min read/city
February 26, 2021

Value for Money: The National Shipbuilding Strategy at the Halifax Shipyard

The National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) is a long-term plan to renew Canada’s federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels. The initiative focuses on building vessels in Canada over a period of 20 to 30 years. It aims to reinvigorate the domestic shipbuilding industry, create skilled and sustainable jobs, and ensure that the country’s sovereignty is being protected.

Primer  |  15-min read
February 24, 2021

Value for Money: Economic Impact of the Halifax Shipyard Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy

The National Shipbuilding Strategy is a long-term initiative to renew Canada’s existing fleet of combat and non-combat vessels. Halifax Shipyard is building the combat vessels. This work falls under four areas: Modernizing the Halifax Shipyard, renewing the navy’s fleet by replacing the existing Halifax Class frigates with 15 newly built Canadian Surface Combatants (CSCs), and repairing, refitting, and maintaining the existing Halifax Class vessels until they are retired.

Data briefing  |  3-min read
February 24, 2021

Travel Markets Outlook

Each province’s travel market is unique—as are their paths to recovery. Some regions will recover faster than others in the wake of COVID-19, depending on whether their tourism activities can easily be enjoyed while physically distancing. Employment in accommodation and food services is majorly impacted.


Online experience  |  8-min read
February 24, 2021

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