Business Outlook Survey

  • 30 June 2017 Business Outlook Survey - Summer 2017

    Responses to the summer Business Outlook Survey suggest that busi¬ness 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.
  • 3 April 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.
  • 9 January 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.
  • 7 October 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.
  • 4 July 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.

    Backgrounder on the Business Outlook Survey Question on Future Sales Indicators

  • 1 April 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.
  • 11 January 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.
  • 9 October 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.
  • 6 July 2015 Business Outlook Survey - Summer 2015

    The summer Business Outlook Survey points to a diverging outlook across regions. While there are some encouraging signs, owing in part to strengthening U.S. demand, weak oil prices continue to significantly dampen economic perspectives in affected sectors and regions.
  • 6 April 2015 Business Outlook Survey - Spring 2015

    In the spring Business Outlook Survey, lower oil prices continue to dampen the overall sales outlook of firms, weighing on investment and hiring intentions. However, a majority of businesses are benefiting from the strong economic outlook in the United States and the boost in competitiveness from the weaker Canadian dollar.

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