The staff report on Canada's 2009 Article IV Consultation examines economic developments and policies. Canadian banks have weathered the crisis better than major-country peers, but the credit cycle will be challenging, particularly given high household debt. Financial instability is a tail risk, but heightened vigilance is warranted. The Bank of Canada has appropriately loosened monetary policy, bringing the policy rate target to a record-low 1/2 percent. Macroeconomic policies have adopted an expansionary tilt, and authorities have taken steps to safeguard financial stability.