Canadian economy showing encouraging signs

June 16, 2017

With the adjustment to lower oil prices largely behind us, there are encouraging signs that growth is broadening across regions and sectors, [said] Senior Deputy [Bank of Canada] Governor Carolyn A. Wilkins..

Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins discussed how having more broad-based economic growth makes it more likely that it will be sustainable over the medium term. This is the horizon Bank of Canada policy-makers consider as they set policy to achieve the Bank’s 2 per cent inflation target...

Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins focused on diversity in sources of growth from three perspectives: progress made in adjusting to lower oil prices, the range of industries that are growing and the evolution of the labour market.

One sign of progress in adjusting to lower oil prices is the bounce-back in capital expenditures in the oil and gas sector, which is helping to underpin renewed growth in business investment. Another comes from rising consumer demand in energy-intensive provinces...

“What’s encouraging is that this growth is not being driven by just a few key industries,” Senior Deputy Governor Wilkins said. The data show that more than 70 per cent of industries have been expanding and the labour market continues to improve.

However, slack in the economy is still translating into below-target inflation...and risks to the outlook remain.

To meet its inflation objective, the Bank must consider not only current economic conditions, but also how they will evolve...

This is excerpted from 12 June 2017 press release by the Bank of Canada.

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