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

World outlook economic forecast

Geopolitical tensions rattling the world economy, some including tensions with the United States and China. The global economy expanded in 2018, but growth is set to weaken this year and in 2020.

Report—23 pages

Artificial intelligence and the Global Trade Environment: Strategic Foresight

This report presents and analyzes four plausible scenarios on AI (artificial intelligence), global adoption, and the openness of the global trade environment. Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities that industries, the government, and the public may face as AI technologies and global economic trends continue to evolve.

Report—18 pages

Provincial outlook executive summary: Summer 2019

The economy got off to a poor start in 2019 as the trade sector took a toll on economic growth. While growth is expected to pick up throughout the rest of the year, the weak start means that Canada’s overall economic growth will be just...

Report—22 pages

Canadian outlook executive summary

After two quarters of subpar growth, the Canadian economy posted a remarkable gain in the second quarter of 2019. While the headline number was noteworthy, the specific details in the report from Statistics Canada indicate that the performance was far less encouraging.

Report—21 pages

U.S. Outlook Economic Forecast

Donald Trump’s trade war with China has increased the chances of the U.S. economy slipping into recession next year. In the summer, the U.S. president reacted to the stalling of negotiations between Washington and Beijing by announcing that he would increase the existing tariffs...

Report—20 pages

Angling, hunting, trapping, and sport shooting leaves a large economic footprint in Canada

In 2018, Canadians spent billions on fishing, hunting, trapping, and sport shooting. This spending has a ripple effect on the economy and helps a broad range of industries. It contributes to Canada’s GDP, government revenues and supports jobs.

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Upcoming Events

Western Business Outlook 2020

The future path of Canada’s economy, always difficult to predict, is even more uncertain than usual. Global developments continue to pose significant risks to the economic outlook. Stay informed about these latest developments and to learn how they will affect the near-term outlook for Canada, the provinces, and metropolitan areas.

Event—Vancouver & Calgary

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. Gain an overview of the Conference Board’s latest forecasts for the Western census metropolitan areas.

FREE Webinar—November 5, 2019

Ontario’s economic outlook: Drop in public spending signals lower growth

Ontario’s economy will post a sluggish performance in 2019 due to trade difficulties and cuts in auto production. The outlook for 2020 is somewhat more positive despite provincial government belt-tightening.

Webinar—November 19, 2019

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Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

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Business Confidence Survey

Take our survey to participate in The Bank of Canada's quarterly index and gain valuable research from The Conference Board of Canada.
Deadline to participate: November 1, 2019


The Survey of forecasters is a quarterly survey that reflects the opinions of Canada’s top forecasting organizations and their outlook for the Canadian economy.
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