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Posted: January 19, 2018

Canadian Chamber urges BoC to be cautious

Letter to the Editor

Following yesterday’s announcement of a .25% increase in the prime lending rate, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is urging the Bank of Canada to be cautious about future increases.

While Canada’s economy is strong, we remain concerned about slowing growth as we look ahead in 2018 and into 2019. Further rate increases motivated in part by government policies that drive up the cost of living could negatively impact consumer spending, as well as the housing market in Canada.

This would only exacerbate existing challenges facing Canadian businesses, including those that the Canadian Chamber has consistently identified, such as the need to address the increasing regulatory burden on companies, the uncertainty about the future of NAFTA and other important trade agreements and opportunities, and the persistent lag in business investment across the country.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce


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