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Economic Performance and Trends

The Conference Board of Canada’s Economic Trends Division, headed by Glen Hodgson, Chief Economist is recognized worldwide for its expertise in economic forecasting, modelling and analysis. We have produced accurate economic forecasts for Canada and the provinces for more than 25 years. Our Canadian forecast was recognized as the most accurate between 1994–2003—the most recent period covered in the analysis, by the Canadian Public Policy Journal.

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Canadian Outlook Economic Forecast: Winter 2016

This quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of the Canadian Outlook report, which presents the short-term national outlook.

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Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Spring 2016

This quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of the Provincial Outlook report, which presents the short-term outlook for Canada’s provinces.

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Metropolitan Outlook 1: Spring 2016

This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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Metropolitan Outlook 2: Winter 2016

This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Kingston, Oshawa, St. Catharines–Niagara, Kitchener, London, Windsor, Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Abbotsford.

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Territorial Outlook: Winter 2016

The Territorial Outlook provides the economic and fiscal outlook for each of Canada’s three Northern territories, including output by industry, labour markets, and demographics.

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Ontario Fiscal Snapshot: Winter 2016

This “fiscal snapshot” looks at the state of Ontario’s economy and its government’s fiscal challenges, and provides a short- and medium-term outlook for the province.

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Index of Business Confidence: Summer 2016

This quarterly survey poses ten qualitative questions regarding the business climate and investment intentions to senior officers of approximately 1,500 Canadian business organizations.

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Index of Consumer Confidence: August 2016

The monthly Index of Consumer Confidence is constructed from responses to four attitudinal questions posed to a random sample of Canadian households.

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Travel Exclusive: Key Trends for the Travel Industry March–April 2016

This bi-monthly publication from the Canadian Tourism Research Institute features articles that outline key trends for the travel industry.

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Survey of Forecasters: Summer 2016

This quarterly survey reflects the opinions of Canada’s top forecasting organizations and their outlook for the Canadian economy.

Economics Blog

Getting Harder for Less-Skilled Men to Join the Canadian Workforce

August 30, 2016

What Do Brexit and Donald Trump Have in Common?

August 15, 2016

The Economic Fallout From OPEC's Market-Share Strategy

August 05, 2016



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