September 16, 2021
Business Investment in Canada Not Keeping Pace with Workforce or Competitors Abroad
- Recent figures on Canada’s stock of capital and new investment prefigure lower incomes for Canadian workers, according to a new report released by the C.D. Howe Institute.
- Authors William B.P. Robson and Miles Wu examine Canada’s stock of business capital and new investment, comparing it to the United States and other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
- Since 2015, Canada’s stocks of capital per worker have been stagnant or declining and its rates of gross investment per worker have been weak, write the authors. Moreover, business investment has been feeble compared to investment in the US and other countries, a contrast that appears to have worsened during COVID-19.