BC, Ontario to lead provinces in economic growth

Conference Board doesn't expect 2016 and 2017 to kind to resource-dependent economies.

OTTAWA — The Conference Board of Canada is predicting Ontario and British Columbia will lead other provinces in terms of economic growth between now and the end of 2017.

A provincial economic outlook released by the Ottawa-based think-tank projects BC’s real gross domestic product to register 3% in 2016 and again next year.

The report forecasts real GDP growth in Ontario to reach 2.8% this year and 2.6% in 2017.

The Conference Board says it doesn’t expect 2016 and 2017 to be as kind to resource-dependent economies such as Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, where it predicts real GDP to shrink next year.

The think-tank says while it expects the Albertan economy will contract by 2% this year, it predicts the province to rebound in 2017 with 2.5% growth.

It anticipates Alberta’s bounce back will be due in part to a boost from rebuilding efforts following the wildfire damage in Fort McMurray and a continued recovery in oil prices.
The Conference Board is also predicting solid real GDP results this year for Prince Edward Island and Manitoba – the only other provinces besides Ontario and B.C. where it expects to see growth above 2%.

The report said the Quebec economy is also strengthening thanks in part to an expected growth in its exports to the United States. It predicted real GDP in Quebec to hit 1.8% in 2016 and 2% in 2017.

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