The C.D. Howe Institute Monetary Policy Council is comprised of 12 of Canada’s most distinguished financial-market and monetary economists. Chaired by the Institute’s President and Chief Executive Officer William Robson, it provides the Bank of Canada, financial-market participants and economic policy commentators with a regular independent assessment of the appropriate stance of Canadian monetary policy as the Bank of Canada pursues its 2 percent inflation target.

The Monetary Policy Council convenes to discuss the Bank of Canada’s policy toward the overnight rate, the very short-term interest rate the Bank targets for monetary policy purposes, shortly before each of the Bank’s interest-rate announcements.

The Bank of Canada’s interest-rate announcements occur roughly every six weeks. The Monetary Policy Council’s recommendations, including the individual votes of its members, appear on the C.D. Howe Institute’s website at 2:00 p.m. on the Thursday before each scheduled announcement. You can find the MPC and Bank of Canada schedules here.


William B.P. Robson

President and Chief Executive Officer


Avery Shenfeld

Managing Director, Economics, Department, CIBC
Pierre Siklos

Professor of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University
Craig Wright

SVP & Chief Economist, RBC

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