Business Outlook Survey - data by region (four-quarter moving averages)

Quarterly results from the Business Outlook Survey (BOS) are based on interviews with about 15 firms in the Atlantic region, 20 in Quebec, 25 in Ontario, 20 in the Prairies region and 20 in British Columbia and Yukon. This page presents BOS data for each of these regions. For more information, please see the backgrounder.

Regions are identified by province or defined as follows: the Atlantic region includes Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; the Prairies region includes Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories; and the British Columbia region includes the province of British Columbia and the territory of Yukon. Because the responses are presented here as four-quarter moving averages, these charts may not show the same movements as the aggregate BOS data published each quarter.

Business activity

Chart 1: Past sales growth

* Percentage of firms reporting faster growth minus the percentage reporting slower growth


Chart 2: Future sales growth

* Percentage of firms expecting faster growth minus the percentage expecting slower growth
† Percentage of firms reporting that indicators have improved minus the percentage reporting that indicators have deteriorated


Chart 3: Investment in machinery and equipment

* Percentage of firms expecting higher investment minus the percentage expecting lower investment


Chart 4: Credit conditions

* Percentage of firms reporting tightened terms and conditions minus the percentage reporting eased terms and conditions. For this question, the balance of opinion excludes firms that responded “not applicable.”


Chart 5: Future employment level

* Percentage of firms expecting higher levels of employment minus the percentage expecting lower levels


Pressures on production capacity

Chart 6: Ability to meet demand

* Share of firms reporting some or significant difficulty


Chart 7: Labour shortages

* Share of firms reporting labour shortages
† Percentage of firms reporting more intense labour shortages minus the percentage reporting less intense labour shortages


Wages, prices and inflation

Chart 8: Wage growth

* Percentage of firms expecting higher labour cost increases minus the percentage expecting lower labour cost increases


Chart 9: Input price inflation

* Percentage of firms expecting greater price increases minus the percentage expecting lesser price increases


Chart 10: Output price inflation

* Percentage of firms expecting greater price increases minus the percentage expecting lesser price increases


Chart 11a: Inflation expectations of firms in the Atlantic region


Chart 11b: Inflation expectations of firms in Quebec


Chart 11c: Inflation expectations of firms in Ontario


Chart 11d: Inflation expectations of firms in the Prairies region


Chart 11e: Inflation expectations of firms in British Columbia