The Bank of Canada today released its 2012 schedule of eight dates for announcing decisions on its key policy interest rate and four dates for the release of its Monetary Policy Report. The Bank also confirmed the announcement dates for the remainder of this year.
In his remarks entitled Global Financial Reform: Maintaining the Momentum, delivered to the G-20 workshop organized by the Australian Treasury in Paris on 7 July 2011, Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem reviews the achievements toward a more resilient financial system and the challenges related to oversight and regulation, and reducing contagion and harmful spillovers.
The Canadian economy is projected to expand by 2.8 per cent in 2011, 2.6 per cent in 2012, and 2.1 per cent in 2013, returning to capacity in the middle of 2012. Total CPI inflation is expected to return to the 2 per cent target by the middle of 2012.
The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.
The survey results point to an overall net easing in business-lending conditions. The balance of opinion regarding both price and non-price lending conditions showed the greatest degree of consensus on easing since the survey began in 1999.
Businesses remain positive about the outlook for the next 12 months, despite more modest expectations for U.S. economic growth. Indicators of future sales and investment are moderately higher, and intentions to hire have become more widespread.