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19 Jan

Bank of Canada Keeps Rates The Same Again


Posted by: Kimberly Walker

Once again, the Bank of Canada announced it would keep the key interest rate at a record-low 0.25 per cent to achieve its inflation target of two per cent.

While the Bank said economic growth in Canada resumed in the third quarter of 2009 and there has been a slightly higher than expected rate of inflation in recent months, it reiterated that the economy is still lagging, particularly due to factors like a strong Canadian dollar and low levels of U.S. demand.

Repeating many of the same projections as its October monetary policy report, the Bank predicted the economy to return to full capacity and reach a two per cent inflation rate in the third quarter of 2011. It forecast the economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2010 and 3.5 per cent in 2011.

The next Monetary Policy Report will be released Friday and the next rate announcement will be made March 2.