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March 27, 2020

Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to ¼ percent

The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to ¼ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly ½ percent and the deposit rate is ¼ percent. This unscheduled rate decision brings the policy rate to its effective lower bound and is intended to provide support to the Canadian financial system and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Content Type(s): Press, Press Releases
March 18, 2020

Bank of Canada employees to work remotely

The Bank of Canada today announced that it has completed arrangements for all employees to telework until further notice to protect the health of our staff and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Content Type(s): Press, Announcements
March 18, 2020

Bank of Canada asks retailers to continue accepting cash

During this time of heightened public health measures intended to limit the transmission of COVID-19, some consumers and businesses are choosing not to use cash to limit potential exposure.
Content Type(s): Press, Announcements
March 13, 2020

Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to ¾ percent

The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to ¾ percent, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 percent and the deposit rate is ½ percent. This unscheduled rate decision is a proactive measure taken in light of the negative shocks to Canada’s economy arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent sharp drop in oil prices.
Content Type(s): Press, Press Releases
March 9, 2020

Bank of Canada announces members of Advisory Council for next $5 bank note

The independent Advisory Council will develop a short list of iconic Canadians who could be featured on the next bank note.
Content Type(s): Press, Press Releases