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2017-07-19 14:40:00

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%

IMF - Canada's economy expanded at an annual pace of nearly 4 percent in the first quarter of 2017—the fastest growth rate among the Group of 7 countries. With the economy's adjustment to lower oil prices almost complete, growth is expected to accelerate to 2.5 percent this year, up from 1.5 percent in 2016.

However, the recovery comes mainly from stronger consumer demand and housing activity, with business investment and nonenergy exports remaining weak. This raises questions about the sustainability of the recovery at a time when Canada's economic outlook is subject to significant risks from rising housing market imbalances and greater uncertainty about U.S. trade and tax policies.

Looking ahead, low productivity growth and population aging will also weigh on potential growth. To support the economy, the Canadian government is looking at ways to raise infrastructure spending—a key factor that improves productivity, the report said.

An aging population

Historically, Canada's economic growth has been largely driven by growth in the labor market. However, Canada, as many other economies, is experiencing a rapid aging of its population, as the "baby boomers" born after World War II reach retirement age. The number of persons aged 15-64 (the working age) as a share of the total population has fallen by about 2 percentage points since 2010—from about 69 percent—and is projected to fall another 7 percentage points over the next 20 years.

CANADA ECONOMY 1820 - 2050

The government has launched ambitious structural reforms to reverse the declining trend in Canada's long-term growth, such as reducing barriers to internal trade, improving the innovation framework, investing in education and training, and promoting high-skilled immigration. The Canadian government has also made infrastructure spending a cornerstone of its growth strategy as various studies have shown that, if done right, investing in infrastructure brings both short-term and long-term payoffs. The federal government plans to double public investment to Can$187 billion (equivalent to 7½ percent of GDP) over the next decade.

A new infrastructure bank

As part of its infrastructure investment plan, the federal government recently created a new Canada Infrastructure Bank, which will become operational by late 2017. It will focus on large, complex, and revenue-generating projects, which are in the public interest but would not be feasible because the risks are too large and the financial returns too small to attract private investors. The Canada Infrastructure Bank will work closely with provincial and local governments, as well as private sector investment partners, to transform the way infrastructure is planned, funded, and delivered in Canada. The infrastructure bank is authorized to invest Can$35 billion.

By attracting private capital, demand for budget resources would be lowered, reducing public borrowing or freeing up taxpayer money for other high priority projects. The Canada Infrastructure Bank differs from the Public Private Partnerships model, in which the government retains ownership of the asset and funds the project from the budget.

Securing public acceptance

Public acceptance of the Canada Infrastructure Bank's basic strategy is a precondition to its success. The government and the Canada Infrastructure Bank need to enhance public understanding of the benefits of involving private investors by pointing out that they bring their technical competence, discipline, and creativity to help reduce risk and lower the overall project cost.

Publication of the selection criteria for projects and investors—and competitive selection of investors—will give the public confidence that their interest is being served at the least cost.

The CIB is an important new tool to promote long-term growth in Canada, the report said.

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Earlier: 

SHELL DIVESTS CANADA $8.2 BLN 

CANADIAN WELLS UP TO 6,680 

TRANSCANADA'S CONSTRUCTION   

CANADA'S OIL WILL UP 

CANADA'S HOPE PRICE: $2 BLN 

CANADA'S GAS PRODUCTION WILL UP 

CANADA INVESTMENT DOWN 62%

 

Tags: CANADA, ECONOMY, OIL, PRICE

Chronicle:

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%
October, 23, 11:15:00

LIBYAN OIL PRODUCTION 1 MBD

Libya’s oil production increased steeply to the current level of 850,000 b/d from a low point in August 2016 of below 300,000 b/d. Production surpassed 1 million b/d in July.

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%
October, 23, 11:10:00

SCHLUMBERGER NET INCOME $545 MLN

- Revenue of $7.9 billion increased 6% sequentially - Pretax operating income of $1.1 billion increased 11% sequentially - GAAP EPS, including Cameron integration-related charges of $0.03 per share, was $0.39 - EPS, excluding Cameron integration-related charges, was $0.42 - Cash flow from operations was $1.9 billion; free cash flow was $1.1 billion

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%
October, 23, 11:05:00

BAKER HUGHES NET LOSS $104 BLN

“The combination of GE Oil & Gas and Baker Hughes closed on July 3, and we are pleased with our progress during our first operating quarter. Despite the continuing challenging environment, we delivered solid orders growth and secured important wins from customers, advanced existing projects and enhanced our technology offerings in the quarter. We also achieved key integration milestones and made significant progress working as a combined company. I am now more convinced than ever that we combined the right companies at the right time,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, BHGE chairman and chief executive officer.

CANADA'S ECONOMY UP 4%
October, 23, 11:00:00

U.S. RIGS DOWN 15 TO 913

U.S. Rig Count is up 360 rigs from last year's count of 553, with oil rigs up 293, gas rigs up 69, and miscellaneous rigs down 2 to 2. Canada Rig Count is up 59 rigs from last year's count of 143, with oil rigs up 38 and gas rigs up 21.

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