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February 4, 2021

Canada Badly Lags US, OECD in Business Investment

  • After improving against international competitors during the 2000s and early in the 2010s, business investment in Canada has slipped badly, lagging investment in the United States and other advanced economies.
  • New investment per available worker in Canada in 2020 was about 58 cents for every dollar of investment per worker in the United States – lower than at any point since the beginning of the 1990s.
  • Canadian policymakers can help improve Canada’s investment performance through infrastructure investments, lower and less distorting taxes, and incentives oriented toward growth and competition at home and abroad.