Business Outlook Survey

  • January 8, 2018 Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2017–18

    Business sentiment in the winter Business Outlook Survey remains positive: the sales outlook is still healthy, despite some moderation. At the same time, capacity and labour pressures are becoming more apparent and are stimulating firms’ employment and investment plans.
  • October 16, 2017 Business Outlook Survey - Autumn 2017

    Results from the autumn Business Outlook Survey point to continued positive business sentiment across the country, with business activity becoming entrenched. Firms’ prospects remain healthy, although several survey indicators have moderated from the strong summer results.
  • June 30, 2017 Business Outlook Survey - Summer 2017

    Responses to the summer Business Outlook Survey suggest that business activity is continuing to gain momentum, buoyed by indications that domestic demand will improve further. Positive business prospects are increasingly widespread across regions and sectors.
  • April 3, 2017 Business Outlook Survey - Spring 2017

    The results of the spring Business Outlook Survey reflect signs of a further strengthening of domestic demand following overall subdued activity over the past two years. This outlook is supported by foreign demand and an expected rebound in activity in energy-producing regions.
  • January 9, 2017 Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2016-17

    The results of the winter Business Outlook Survey indicate that business prospects have improved following two years of overall modest activity. The responses reflect building domestic demand, a supportive export outlook and an expected recovery in energy-related activity.
  • October 7, 2016 Business Outlook Survey - Autumn 2016

    The autumn Business Outlook Survey provides some signs of improving business prospects, as resource-related activity appears to be gradually bottoming out and foreign demand is providing steady support to firms’ sales expectations.
  • July 4, 2016 Business Outlook Survey - Summer 2016

    The summer Business Outlook Survey indicates that overall business sentiment is subdued. The boost from foreign demand remains insufficient to outweigh the continued drag from commodity-related activity combined with modest domestic demand.
  • April 1, 2016 Business Outlook Survey - Spring 2016

    Business sentiment in the spring Business Outlook Survey improved but remains subdued overall. The positive impetus coming from sustained foreign demand continues to be largely offset by the persistent drag and spillovers from the oil price shock.
  • January 11, 2016 Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2015-16

    Overall, responses to the winter Business Outlook Survey indicate that business sentiment has deteriorated as the negative effects of the commodity price shock continue to unfold and spread beyond the resource sector. However, exporters not directly affected by lower commodity prices continue to benefit from strong U.S. demand and the weak Canadian dollar.
  • October 9, 2015 Business Outlook Survey - Autumn 2015

    The autumn Business Outlook Survey shows that firms’ expectations continue to diverge as they gradually adjust to an environment of weaker commodity prices and a lower Canadian dollar. The overall sales and investment outlook improved, owing in part to continued support from U.S. demand. However, business sentiment remains weak for firms directly and indirectly tied to the resource sector.


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