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Canada’s Economy Witnesses Modest Growth in November 2023 Led by Goods-Producing Industries

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Canada's Economic Growth in November 2023

Canada’s economy showed signs of modest growth in November 2023, marking a pivotal moment of economic resilience and diversification. Here’s a deeper dive into the state of Canada’s economy, including historical context, current performance, and contributing factors to its growth:

  • Preceding Stagnation: Before November 2023, Canada’s real GDP had remained essentially unchanged for three consecutive months, indicating a period of economic stagnation.
  • Record Since 2009: The growth rate in November is notable as it represents the highest since January 2023 and reflects a significant uptick since comparable data compilation began in 2009.

Current State (November 2023):

  • Overall Growth: The economy grew by 0.2%, with goods-producing industries leading the way with a 0.6% increase, the highest growth rate for these industries since January 2023.
  • Services Sector: Despite the impact of strikes, services-producing industries managed a slight increase of 0.1%.
  • Manufacturing Sector: Saw a notable rise of 0.9%, with both non-durable (+1.2%) and durable (+0.6%) goods manufacturing contributing to this growth.
  • Wholesale Trade: Experienced a rebound with a 0.7% increase after two consecutive months of decline.
  • Transportation and Warehousing: Expanded by 0.8%, recovering from a previous month’s decline, with rail transportation and water transportation showing significant increases.

Factors Contributing to Growth:

  • Diverse Industrial Strength: The growth was broad-based, with 13 of 20 industrial sectors reporting increases. This diversification of growth across sectors underscores the economy’s resilience.
  • Manufacturing Sector Recovery: The manufacturing sector’s significant contribution to November’s growth, especially in non-durable and durable goods, reflects a recovery and ramping up of production activities.
  • Wholesale Trade Rebound: The sector’s recovery was led by personal and household goods wholesaling, indicating a resurgence in domestic demand and consumer spending.
  • Transportation Sector’s Comeback: The rebound in transportation and warehousing, especially rail transportation, was driven by increased coal and forestry product carloadings, showcasing the sector’s adaptability to market demands.
  • Energy Sector’s Contribution: Growth in oil and gas extraction, particularly from oil sands, contributed significantly to the goods-producing industries’ overall increase, reflecting the energy sector’s vital role in Canada’s economy.

Looking Forward:

  • Preliminary December Estimate: An advance estimate indicates that real GDP increased by 0.3% in December, suggesting continued economic expansion.
  • Fourth Quarter and Annual Growth: The economy is estimated to have expanded by 0.3% in the fourth quarter and 1.5% in 2023, with official estimates pending release on February 29, 2024.

Canada’s economic growth in November 2023, led by goods-producing industries and supported by key sectors like manufacturing, wholesale trade, and energy, highlights the country’s economic resilience and adaptability. Despite challenges such as sector-specific strikes, the economy’s diversified industrial base played a crucial role in achieving growth. With preliminary data suggesting continued expansion into December, Canada’s economic outlook appears promising as it moves toward the end of 2023 and into the new year.

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