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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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August 30, 2019

Real GDP in Canada increased 0.2 per cent in June following growth of 0.2 per cent the previous month and 0.3 per cent in April. In June, there were gains in 17 of the 20 industrial sectors.  Goods-producing industries declined 0.2 per cent after growth the previous three months. Service-producing industries were up 0.3 per cent. Compared to June 2018, the Canadian economy is 1.5 per cent larger with an annualized value of $1,969 billion (chained 2012 dollars) in June 2019.                                                              


Manufacturing activity contracted 1.4 per cent offsetting the gain last month as both durable and non-durable manufacturing were down. Food, plastic and rubber, and chemical manufacturing were all down among the non-durables. Wood products and fabricated metal declined on lower international demand. Machinery (+0.3%) and transportation equipment (+0.1%) manufacturing both edged up.

The construction sector increased for the third time in the past four months. Residential, non-residential building, and repair construction gained while engineering and other construction was down. Real GDP for offices of real estate agents and brokers increased 0.7 per cent on Ontario and Quebec housing resale activity.

Oil and gas extraction was up with higher Newfoundland and Labrador crude oil production and the Government of Alberta easing oil production curtailment. Mining (excluding oil and gas) declined 2.4 per cent after three months of growth. Non-metallic (-3.6%) and metal ore (-1.4%) mining declined on lower international demand for potash and iron ore.

Retail trade gained 0.6 per cent led by building material, clothing and general merchandise after a cooler spring had softened activity the previous two months. Wholesale trade was up for the fifth month this year.

The finance sector expanded with growth in all subsectors in part due to an increase in issuance of new securities. Insurance carriers were up for the fourth consecutive month.




Comparing the size of the Canadian economy in January-June 2019 with January-June  2018, there has been a 1.4 per cent increase due to higher service sector output (+2.2 per cent) while the goods-producing sector declined by 0.9 per cent. Higher levels of activity in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, utilities and manufacturing only partially offset the lower levels of activity in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction and construction. Service sector output is higher across all subsectors with the largest increases in management of companies, professional, scientific and technical services, and accommodations and food services subsectors.

Source: Statistics Canada. 

Table  36-10-0434-01   Gross domestic product (GDP) at basic prices, by industry, monthly (x 1,000,000)

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