COVID-19: Key announcements

Access the latest news on the Bank’s actions to support the economy and financial system during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

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Monetary policy

March 10, 2021

Bank of Canada will hold current level of policy rate until inflation objective is sustainably achieved, continues quantitative easing

The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of ¼ percent, with the Bank Rate at ½ percent and the deposit rate at ¼ percent. The Bank is maintaining its extraordinary forward guidance, reinforced and supplemented by its quantitative easing (QE) program, which continues at its current pace of at least $4 billion per week.
Content Type(s): Press, Press releases

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Support to key financial markets

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Liquidity for individual financial institutions

March 23, 2021

Bank of Canada announces the discontinuation of market functioning programs introduced during COVID-19

As overall financial market conditions continue to improve in Canada, use of the Bank of Canada’s programs that were introduced in 2020 in response to the shock from COVID-19 to support the functioning of key Canadian financial markets, has declined significantly.

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International co-operation

March 24, 2020

Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors

Consistent with the direction from G7 Leaders, we are taking action and enhancing coordination on our dynamic domestic and international policy efforts to respond to the global health, economic, and financial impacts associated with the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Content Type(s): Press, Announcements

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Speeches and statements

March 23, 2021

Market stress relief: the role of the Bank of Canada’s balance sheet

Remarks (delivered virtually) Toni Gravelle CFA Society Toronto Toronto, Ontario
Deputy Governor Toni Gravelle discusses actions taken by the Bank of Canada to respond to market-wide stresses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Bank’s role as lender of last resort in the financial system.