No change to Bank of Canada key rate

The Bank of Canada announced today that it is keeping its benchmark rate unchanged despite a weaker economy in the fourth quarter of last year and expectations that growth in the near term will be weaker. Should the recent slowdown in growth be more persistent than forecast, we may see a rate cut. In particular, the Bank will be watching consumer spending, the housing market and business investment.


The next rate-setting day is Wednesday, March 4th.  

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Today’s Bank of Canada rate hold announcement marks almost four straight years that the key benchmark rate has remained unchanged, since September 8, 2010. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit; the prime rate stays at 3%.

 

The announcement noted that “the risks to the outlook for inflation remain roughly balanced, while the risks associated with household imbalances have not diminished.” With these considerations, the Bank is maintaining its monetary policy stimulus, and remains neutral with respect to the timing and direction of the next change.

 

The next rate-setting day is October 22nd.

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