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

U.S. outlook economic forecast: Winter 2020  

The U.S. economy expanded in 2019, however weaker growth is anticipated in 2020. As investment spending and export growth continue to weigh on economic activity. The economy is growing at a pace close to its potential, while labour markets continue to add new jobs per month.

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Canadian outlook economic forecast: Autumn 2019

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.

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Metropolitan Outlook 1: Autumn 2019

Trade uncertainty on the rise again, threatening Canada’s economic performance. On the positive side, labour markets continue to do well. Job growth is running at record levels and wage growth is solid...

Report—244 pages


Canadian outlook summary: 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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Provincial outlook executive summary  

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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




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Upcoming Events


Labour relations outlook webinar: Where are we headed in 2020?

What are the hot button issues that will affect Canadian labour relations in 2020? How will the Canadian economic outlook affect the labour landscape? And what challenges will rapid technology change, the gig economy and an ongoing labour shortage bring to the bargaining table?

Webinar—January 28, 2020



The Next Recession Conference

The current global economic landscape is dominated by uncertainty—Brexit, a trade war between the U.S. and China, and sovereign debt concerns in Greece and Italy are only the beginning. At the same time, budget deficits and low interest rates are limiting Canada’s responsiveness to future economic downturns.

Conferece
June 17, 2020 | Toronto, ON

Moving forward in a labour constrained economy: Update with the Chief Economist

Our Chief Economist will focus on Canada’s most important challenge—generating growth in a labour constrained economy. Many developed economies are feeling the pinch of labour constraints and Canada is no exception. The challenges employers are facing finding workers will hold back economic growth and, for some firms, discourage investment.

Webinar—March 23, 2020

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Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

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Speaking Opportunities

Need a speaker for your next event or the latest economic quick takes from our Chief Economist? Pedro is available for speaking opportunities.

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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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Survey

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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Other Economic Trends

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