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International

Canada shows merchandise trade surplus for second straight month

Canada posted a merchandise trade surplus for a second straight month in February, the first time that’s happened since 2016, according to data released today by Statistics Canada. The data show Canada ran a merchandise trade surplus of $1.04 billion »

Economy

Canada’s economy grew by 0.7% in January, says Statistics Canada

Canada’s economy grew by 0.7 per cent in January, despite lockdown measures in the face of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday. The national statistics agency said the economy outperformed its own expectations and was »

Economy, International

Canada’s population growth rate hits its lowest level since the First World War

New data from Statistics Canada will do little to ease the minds of Canadians who fear what could happen when nine million baby boomers retire over the next 10 years–leaving a labour shortage whose repercussions could be felt–strongly felt–in areas »

Health

Canada recorded over 13,000 excess deaths according Statistics Canada report

Over 13,000 excess deaths were recorded in Canada during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to provisional figures Statistics Canada published in a report on Wednesday. According to the report, from January 2020 to mid-December 2020, there were »

Society

Survey: Pandemic stress affected alcohol and cannabis use among Canadians

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of stress and concern for Canadians and a survey that Statistics Canada released Thursday suggested that it has had an effect on the alcohol and drug consumption habits of Canadians. “New evidence »

Economy, Society

Canada’s 2020 economy was its worst performance on record

The COVID-19 pandemic drove Canada’s economy to its worst showing on record, according to data released today by Statistics Canada. Figures from the federal data agency show real gross domestic product shrank 5.4 per cent in 2020–the steepest annual decline »

Economy

Canada’s annual inflation comes out of deep freeze in January, rises to 1%

Canada’s annual inflation picked up pace in January rising to 1.0 per cent compared with a year ago, the country national statistics agency reported Wednesday. Statistics Canada attributed much of the increase to rising gasoline prices that increased 6.1 per »

Society

Motor vehicle sales kept Canada’s retailers truckin’ in October

Canadian retailers continued to see their sales increase in October–for the sixth straight month, since the retail sales suffered a record tumble in April, at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Figures released Friday by Statistics Canada for October show »

Economy, Society

Economic well-being of millennials at risk due to COVID-19, says StatsCan

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused profound disruption in the lives of many Canadian households, it poses a greater risk to the economic wellbeing of younger generations, particularly the millennials, according to a new study by Statistics Canada. The national »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Trying to generate jobs, Ottawa injects more money into business and industry

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across most of the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his efforts to rally Canadians and the governments who lead them. On Friday, he announced Ottawa will inject $1.5 billion in job training »