Canada’s economy expanded at a 1.8 per cent annual pace during the last quarter, the same growth seen at the start of the year and slightly better than what economists were expecting. Statistics Canada said Friday that an increase in business investment was the biggest factor contributing to growth. EconomistsContinue Reading

Canada’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.3 per cent in May following two months of large gains. Statistics Canada said Friday the economy created 7,700 new jobs last month. That wasn’t enough to move the employment rate one way or the other, although it was slightly ahead of the 5,000Continue Reading

A tumultuous Greek exit from the eurozone would have a harder impact on Canada’s economy than the credit crisis recession of 2008 and 2009, a report from a major Canadian bank warns. The prospect of debt-saddled Greece defaulting on its loans, and exiting the euro currency union at some pointContinue Reading

The growth rate of the Canadian economy slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter of 2011, Statistics Canada reported Friday. At an annual rate, real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter, after a 4.2 per cent increase in the third quarter. The actualContinue Reading

Research and development spending by industry is expected to increase in 2011 — the first time in four years that has happened in Canada. “The 2011 industrial R&D spending intentions suggest that recovery is underway after three consecutive years of declining R&D spending that occurred across almost all industrial sectors,”Continue Reading

Canada shed another 19,000 jobs in November on the heels of a steep drop in October, edging the national unemployment rate to 7.4%. The economy lost 53,000 part-time jobs, offset by a gain of 35,000 full-time jobs, according to labour force numbers released by Statistics Canada on Friday. Finn Poschmann,Continue Reading

Owning your own home became slightly more affordable in the third quarter of 2011 thanks to continuing low interest rates, according to RBC’s latest study on housing affordability. The affordability measure captures the proportion of pre-tax household income that would be needed to service the costs of owning a certainContinue Reading

Feelings of financial insecurity could overwhelm the Christmas giving spirit, making Canadians less likely to splurge on holiday shopping this season, according to a survey released Tuesday by Deloitte Canada. With a growing number of respondents pessimistic about the economy and more people choosing to pay down their debts, holidayContinue Reading

A new report from The Conference Board of Canada suggests job seekers may be in for a tough time in the next few months. The Ottawa-based economic research group said Friday its monthly help-wanted index survey suggests hiring prospects will be poor, falling in 17 of 26 metropolitan areas itContinue Reading