The Economy, Plain and Simple
Explaining economic issues that matter to you
Household differences and why they matterDifferences in income, wealth and debt across households are important—for the economy, for the health of the financial system and for monetary policy.
July 4, 2022
Learning and earningThe payoffs of higher education
October 7, 2020
Our COVID-19 response: Large-scale asset purchasesThe Bank of Canada has taken many actions to support Canadians since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. These include large-scale asset purchases—buying a substantial amount of government bonds and other financial assets. Our purchases serve two purposes. They help key financial markets work properly, and they can help increase spending in the economy. This leads to more employment and stronger economic growth.
August 25, 2020
A road map to payment systemsYour money on the move
July 6, 2020
Our COVID-19 response: Navigating diverse economic impactsThe pandemic and related measures to control the spread of the virus have deeply affected Canadians and the Canadian economy. The impacts have been different across sectors and regions. The economic recovery will also vary across the country as local economies start to reopen.
June 30, 2020
Our COVID-19 response: Supporting operationsWhen the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, the Bank moved quickly to adapt its internal operations and support business continuity in our financial system.
June 29, 2020
Our COVID-19 response: Keeping markets liquidWhen the COVID-19 pandemic hit Canada, the Bank of Canada acted quickly. We needed to make sure the financial system worked well enough that credit could continue to flow. That meant addressing shortages of liquidity in financial markets—the backbone for lending and borrowing in the economy.
June 10, 2020
What’s behind your mortgage rateHere’s what determines the interest rate on your mortgage—and why that rate can go up and down.
May 27, 2020
Our COVID-19 response: Policy actionsIn the days and weeks since the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada, the Bank of Canada has been taking action to ensure our economy and financial system are weathering the unprecedented shock of the shutdown.
May 22, 2020
Under the microscopeEvaluating our approach to monetary policy
March 6, 2020
Climate change Is a big issue for central banksClimate change is transforming the economy and financial system
November 19, 2019
How Canadians pay for thingsFrom cash to contactless cards—what’s in our wallets?
October 24, 2019
The road to digital moneyFrom beaver pelts to paper money to digital currencies
April 26, 2019
Price check: Inflation in CanadaWhy prices change, and what it means for the economy.
February 21, 2019
Making cents of wagesEver wonder how your wages are determined?
January 31, 2019
Going digitalThe future has no analogue.
October 16, 2018
Keeping the financial system healthyWe are all better off if the financial system can weather a storm or two. And every one of us plays a role in keeping it that way.
October 16, 2018
Trading upHow countries benefit from freer trade.
September 28, 2018
Let Me Be Clear: From Transparency to Trust and UnderstandingGovernor Poloz talks about how the Bank is improving communications with the public and helping financial markets understand its monetary policy approach.
Content Types: Press, Remarks, Speeches and appearancesJune 27, 2018
Welcome to The Economy, Plain and SimpleThe economy starts with you.
September 28, 2018