Canadian Economic News

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Canada, a diverse and resource-rich nation, has witnessed a dynamic economic landscape marked by a series of noteworthy developments in recent times. These economic trends have been shaped by a multitude of factors, including the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, shifts in trade dynamics, government policies, and the ongoing pursuit of sustainability in the face of environmental challenges. In this overview, we delve into key aspects of Canada’s economic journey, highlighting the nation’s resilience, policy responses, and the ever-evolving nature of its economic sectors. From GDP fluctuations to housing market dynamics, inflation concerns to the pursuit of a green economy, and the digitization of industries, we explore the diverse facets that have defined the economic narrative in Canada. These economic currents not only impact the lives of Canadians but also contribute to the broader global economic landscape, making them topics of both national and international significance. Let’s delve deeper into the economic news that has been shaping Canada’s economic landscape in recent times.

  • GDP Growth: Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen fluctuations. The economy experienced a sharp decline in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but showed signs of recovery in 2021. The growth rate has been influenced by factors such as government stimulus measures, vaccination campaigns, and global economic conditions.
  • Employment: The Canadian labor market has seen shifts in employment patterns. While some sectors, like technology and healthcare, have shown resilience and growth, others, including hospitality and tourism, faced challenges due to pandemic-related restrictions. Government support programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) have aimed to stabilize employment.
  • Inflation: Canada has experienced inflation, with consumer prices rising in various sectors. Factors contributing to inflation include supply chain disruptions, increased demand for certain goods and services, and rising energy prices. The Bank of Canada closely monitors inflation to determine its monetary policy.
  • Monetary Policy: The Bank of Canada has been adjusting its monetary policy to support the economic recovery. It has raised the target for the overnight rate, taking steps to gradually normalize interest rates while considering inflation and employment levels.
  • Housing Market: The Canadian housing market has been a topic of concern. Many regions, particularly major cities like Toronto and Vancouver, have seen significant increases in housing prices. Various measures have been introduced to address housing affordability, including taxes on vacant homes and tighter mortgage rules.
  • Trade: Canada’s trade relations have been influenced by global dynamics. Trade agreements like the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) have shaped Canada’s trade policies. The country continues to export natural resources, manufactured goods, and services to various international markets.
  • Green Economy: Canada has been making efforts to transition to a greener economy. Investments in renewable energy, clean technology, and sustainable infrastructure are significant components of the country’s economic agenda, with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Supply Chain Challenges: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in global supply chains. Canada, like many other countries, has faced challenges related to disruptions in supply chains, affecting the availability and pricing of various goods.
  • Fiscal Policy: The Canadian government has implemented various fiscal policies to support the economy during the pandemic, including income support programs, business grants, and investments in healthcare infrastructure. Managing the fiscal deficit has been a key consideration.
  • Digital Transformation: The digital economy has seen significant growth in Canada. Businesses and government entities have accelerated their digital transformation efforts, leading to increased demand for digital skills and technology-related jobs.


In June, the Quebec government implemented a series of measures in response to wildfires. On June 2nd, access to forests on public land in affected areas was prohibited, with road closures announced. Subsequently, on June 3rd, the ban was extended to cover a larger part of the province. However, by June 12th, the government began partially lifting the restrictions on forest access. This pattern continued with an expansion of the affected territory on June 18th and a partial lifting of the ban on June 29th due to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, on June 16th, the Government of Canada announced its support for Quebec’s wildfire combat efforts, authorizing the Canadian Armed Forces to provide assistance, including fire turnover, planning, coordination support, and logistical tasks.

These developments had various impacts on companies operating in the region. Wallbridge Mining Company Limited, based in Sudbury, Ontario, temporarily evacuated its camp and suspended exploration activities on June 5th. Osisko Mining Inc., headquartered in Toronto, also withdrew its staff and suspended operations due to the ongoing forest fires in Abitibi and Eeyou Istchee James Bay on the same day.

Hecla Mining Company, based in Idaho, suspended operations at the Casa Berardi mine on June 6th but planned to resume following a partial lifting of Quebec’s access ban on June 15th. However, operations were suspended again on June 20th due to continued forest fires.

Norris Lithium Inc., headquartered in Vancouver, temporarily halted exploration activities in Quebec’s James Bay region on June 6th but resumed them on June 16th as the forest fire situation improved.

Montreal-based Brunswick Exploration Inc. also temporarily suspended exploration activities in the Eeyou Istchee-James Bay region on June 6th.

Nova Scotia

On June 1st, the Government of Canada approved a request from Nova Scotia for federal assistance in combating wildfires and authorized the Canadian Armed Forces to provide support and equipment. On June 13th, the province lifted the provincewide burn ban and remaining restrictions on travel and woods activities.


The Government of Alberta announced on June 3rd that the provincial state of emergency was expiring but maintained all resources and support. Calgary-based TC Energy Corporation completed a shutdown of two compressor stations and a gas storage facility near active wildfires on June 10th, with a restart of compressor units on June 16th.

Prince Edward Island

On June 6th, the Government of Prince Edward Island revoked the fire closure order issued on May 30th, ending the fire ban.


Montreal-based Brunswick Exploration Inc. temporarily suspended activities in the region on June 6th to assess the fire situation.


Equinor Canada Ltd. and BP p.l.c. postponed the Bay du Nord development project for up to three years due to changing market conditions and cost inflation. Rio Tinto Group announced a $1.4 billion investment to expand its aluminium smelter in Complexe Jonquière, Quebec, generating jobs during construction.


RONA Inc., based in Boucherville, Quebec, simplified its organizational structure, resulting in the elimination of 500 positions in Canada. Instant Brands LLC filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Code, with new financing commitments.


The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions raised the Domestic Stability Buffer, affecting Canada’s six largest banks. The Bank of Canada increased its target for the overnight rate. Major Canadian banks also raised their prime lending rates.

Other News

The Government of Canada introduced the Canadian Sustainable Jobs Act to promote sustainable job creation and support a net-zero future. British Columbia’s minimum wage increased. Bunge Limited announced a merger with Viterra Limited. NFI Group Inc. secured an order for transit buses. Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust agreed to sell its urban-data-centre portfolio. Porter Airlines added Winnipeg to its network.

International News

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee kept the federal funds rate unchanged and continued reducing holdings of securities. The Bank of England increased the Bank Rate. Norway’s Norges Bank and Sweden’s Riksbank raised their policy rates. The Bank of Japan applied a negative interest rate to policy-rate balances. The Reserve Bank of Australia raised the cash rate. OPEC adjusted crude oil production levels. Nasdaq, Inc. announced an acquisition of Adenza.

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