The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the effective lower bound of 0.25 percent on July 15th 2020, as widely expected. The Committee said that it will continue its quantitative easing program with large-scale asset purchases of at least CAD 5 billion per week of government bonds. Policymakers noted that the Canadian economy is starting to recover amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions but added that the outlook is extremely uncertain given the unpredictability of the course of the pandemic. The Bank expects the economy’s recovery to slow as the outbreak continues to have an impact on confidence and consumer behaviour. Policymakers projected that the real GDP will likely shrink by 7.8% in 2020 and resumes with growth of 5.1% in 2021 and 3.7% in 2022. The Committee added that is prepared to provide further monetary stimulus as needed to support the recovery and achieve the inflation objective.

Interest Rate in Canada averaged 5.86 percent from 1990 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 16 percent in February of 1991 and a record low of 0.25 percent in April of 2009. This page provides - Canada Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Canada Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2020. source: Bank of Canada

Interest Rate in Canada is expected to be 0.25 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Canada to stand at 0.25 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Canada Interest Rate is projected to trend around 0.75 percent in 2021 and 1.25 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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Canada Interest Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.25 0.25 16.00 0.25 1990 - 2020 percent Daily


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-27 01:00 PM Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.75%
2020-04-15 02:00 PM BoC Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2020-06-03 02:00 PM BoC Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2020-07-15 02:00 PM BoC Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2020-08-17 02:30 PM BoC Senior Loan Officer Survey
2020-09-09 02:00 PM BoC Interest Rate Decision 0.25% 0.25%
2020-10-19 02:30 PM BoC Business Outlook Survey
2020-10-28 02:00 PM BoC Monetary Policy Report


News Stream
Canada Holds Interest Rate, Continues QE Program
The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the effective lower bound of 0.25 percent on July 15th 2020, as widely expected. The Committee said that it will continue its quantitative easing program with large-scale asset purchases of at least CAD 5 billion per week of government bonds. Policymakers noted that the Canadian economy is starting to recover amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions but added that the outlook is extremely uncertain given the unpredictability of the course of the pandemic. The Bank expects the economy’s recovery to slow as the outbreak continues to have an impact on confidence and consumer behaviour. Policymakers projected that the real GDP will likely shrink by 7.8% in 2020 and resumes with growth of 5.1% in 2021 and 3.7% in 2022. The Committee added that is prepared to provide further monetary stimulus as needed to support the recovery and achieve the inflation objective.
2020-07-15
Canada Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged
The Bank of Canada kept its benchmark interest rate steady at the effective lower bound of 0.25 percent on June 3rd 2020, as widely expected. Policymakers noted that the covid-19 pandemic hit output and employment, still fiscal actions combined with lower interest rates are helping for an economic recovery. The Committee reduced the frequency of its term repo operations to once per week, and its program to purchase bankers’ acceptances to bi-weekly operations and said that it is ready to adjust these programs if market conditions warrant. Meanwhile, other programs to purchase federal, provincial, and corporate debt are continuing at their present frequency and scope. The Committee maintained its commitment to continue large-scale asset purchases until the economic recovery is well underway. Policymakers added that they will take any further action if necessary to achieve the inflation target. The Bank Rate and the deposit rate were also left unchanged at 0.5% and 0.25%, respectively.
2020-06-03
Canada Holds Interest Rate, Unveils Market Operations
The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.25 percent on April 15th 2020, as widely expected. Policymakers said that they had taken measures aiming to help restore confidence and stimulate spending by consumers and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Committee added that they will continue to purchase at least CAD 5 billion in Government of Canada securities per week in the secondary market; they will increase the level of purchases as required to maintain proper functioning of the government bond market and they will temporarily raise the amount of Treasury Bills it acquires. Policymakers also announced a new Provincial Bond Purchase Program of up to CAD 50 billion; and a Corporate Bond Purchase Program, in which the Bank will acquire up to a total of CAD 10 billion in investment grade corporate bonds in the secondary market. The Bank is also enhancing its term repo facility to permit funding for up to 24 months.
2020-04-15
Canada Cuts Interest Rate to 0.25% in Emergency Move
The Bank of Canada slashed its benchmark interest rate by 50bps to 0.25 percent in an emergency meeting on March 27th 2020. The move follows a similar margin cut on March 13th and brings borrowing costs to its effective lower bound aiming to support the economy and the financial system amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Committee also launched a Commercial Paper Purchase Program to help to restore a key source of short-term funding for businesses and said that will begin acquiring government securities in the secondary market until the economy recovers. Policymakers added that they are closely monitoring economic and financial conditions, in coordination with other G7 central banks and fiscal authorities and will take further action if necessary.
2020-03-27

Canada Interest Rate
In Canada, benchmark interest rate is set by the Bank of Canada's (BoC) Governing Council. The official interest rate is the Overnight Rate. Since 1996 the Bank Rate is set at the upper limit of an operating band for the money market overnight rate. Previously, from March 1980 until February 1996 the Bank Rate was set at 25 basis points above the weekly average tender rate for 3-month Treasury bills.