Canada economic overview
High standard of living:
Canada has a developed market economy, which is among the 10 largest in the world in nominal GDP terms. Elevated purchasing power and the high quality of public-service provision contribute to Canada frequently being considered to have one of the highest standards of living in the world.Natural resource abundance:
Canada is rich in natural resources, notably oil sands, which make it the world's fourth-largest oil producer. The country also has significant reserves of natural gas, minerals, and timber. Moreover, Canada is one of the largest exporters of agricultural products globally. Key products include grains, oilseeds, and livestock, with the agri-food sector extending into food processing and distribution. This unusually large primary sector worth well over 10% of GDP makes Canada atypical among major advanced economies.Manufacturing and services sectors:
Canada's manufacturing industry has particular strengths in vehicles, aircraft, and industrial machinery, with key manufacturing hubs located in Ontario and Quebec. That said, the economy is dominated by the services sector, which accounts for around four-fifths of total employment and three-quarters of GDP. Key services exports are travel, financial and IT services, with Toronto acting as the country's major financial center.Free trade promoter:
Trade is a critical component of Canada's economy, with the U.S. being by far its largest trading partner. Canada actively engages in free trade agreements, including the CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the European Union and the CPTPP with other Pacific-rim economies. However, the most crucial free trade deal for Canada is the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement).Challenges:
A reliance on the U.S. economy—which has been a boon in recent years given a strong U.S. performance—also poses a risk to Canada's outlook. Moreover, housing affordability is a growing concern; average house prices have more than doubled since 2011, and household debt is the highest in the G7. Balancing the desire to exploit the country's large energy resources with climate protection goals will also be a challenge. Moreover, the large industrial subsidies implemented by the U.S. in 2021 could threaten Canadian manufacturing: the Canadian government has announced subsidies for the clean energy sector in response.Canada's economic outlook:
Over the last decade, GDP growth has been around the G7 average, but it is forecast to average slightly above the G7 average in the coming years. High rates of immigration, enhanced commercial ties with the EU and pacific-rim economies and the strong expansion in the neighboring U.S. will provide support.
Canada's economy in numbers:
Nominal GDP of USD 2,161 billion in 2022.
GDP per capita of USD 55,627 compared to the global average of USD 10,589.
Average real GDP growth of 1.9% over the last decade.
Economic structure:In 2018, services accounted for 74% of overall GDP, manufacturing 10%, other industrial activity 14%, and agriculture 2%. Looking at GDP by expenditure, private consumption accounted for 55% of GDP in 2021, government consumption 22%, fixed investment 24%, and net exports -1%.
International trade:In 2021, manufactured products made up 42% of total merchandise exports, mineral fuels 26%, food 14%, ores and metals 9% and agricultural raw materials 5%, with other categories accounting for 4% of the total. In the same period, manufactured products made up 76% of total merchandise imports, mineral fuels 6%, food 9%, ores and metals 4% and agricultural raw materials 1%, with other goods accounting for 4% of the total. Total exports were worth USD 598 billion in 2022, while total imports were USD 582 billion.
The economy recorded average annual growth of 1.8% in the decade to 2022. To read more about GDP growth in Canada, go to our dedicated page.
Canada's fiscal deficit averaged 1.8% of GDP in the decade to 2022. Find out more on our dedicated page.
The unemployment rate averaged 6.9% in the decade to 2022. For more information on Canada's unemployment click here.
Inflation averaged 2.1% in the decade to 2022. Go to our Canada inflation page for extra insight.
Canada's monetary policy rate ended 2022 at 4.25%, up from 1.00% a decade earlier. See our Canada monetary policy page for additional details.
From end-2012 to end-2022 the Canadian dollar weakened by 28.6% vs the U.S. dollar. For more info on the Canadian dollar, click here.
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Consensus Forecasts based on a panel of 39 expert analysts.
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Canada Economic Data
What is Canada's major industry?
What is Canada's biggest export?
Is Canada doing well economically?
Canada's main industry is the services sector, which dominates its economy, including finance, real estate, and business services. Additionally, it has significant natural resource industries like oil and gas, forestry, and mining.
Canada's biggest export is crude oil, particularly to the United States. This is a significant part of Canada's economy, reflecting the country's substantial oil reserves, primarily in Alberta's oil sands, and its status as one of the world's top oil producers and exporters.
Canada's economy is performing well, marked by a strong, diversified economy, low unemployment, and robust exports. Other economic strengths include abundant natural resources, an educated population, and strong trade ties. However, it faces challenges relating to housing affordability and household debt.