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© 2010 International Monetary Fund

December 2010

IMF Country Report No. 10/378

Canada: Selected Issues Paper

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Selected Issues

Prepared by Nicoletta Batini, Thomas Dowling, Grace Bin Li, Evridiki Tsounta (all WHD), and John Kiff (MCM)

Approved by the Western Hemisphere Department

November 24, 2010


  • I. The Post-Crisis Canadian Housing Market

    • A. Introduction

    • B. The Ups and Downs Following the Crisis

    • C. Estimation

    • D. Conclusions

  • Figures

  • I.1. G-7: Price-to-Income and Price-to-Rent Ratios, 1970–2010

  • I.2. Select Eastern Canadian Provinces: House Price Deviations from Model Predictions, 1993Q1–2010Q3

  • I.3. Select Western Canadian Provinces: House Price Deviations from Model Predictions, 1993Q1–2010Q3

  • I.4. House Price Dynamics

  • II. Interpreting Canada’s Currency Movements During the Crisis

    • A. Background

    • B. Empirical Results

  • Appendix

  • II.1. Methodology and Diagnostic Tests

  • Appendix Tables

  • II.1. Tests for Unit Roots and Stationarity (1992Q4 to 2010Q2)

  • II.2. Co-Integration Tests

  • II.3. Test for Weak Exogeneity: LR Test for Binding Restrictions

  • II.4. Estimation Results

  • III. Canada’s Potential Growth: A Post-Crisis Assessment

    • A. Introduction

    • B. Main Findings

    • C. Conclusions and Policy Implications

  • Tables

    • III.1. Path for Potential Output Growth Components

  • Figures

    • III.1. Canada: Potential Output Growth

  • IV. The Bumpy Road Ahead for North American Automakers

    • A. Background

    • B. Spillover Analysis: How Would the Canadian Auto sector Weather a U.S. Double-Dip Recession?

    • C. Long-Term Challenges

  • Tables

    • IV.1. Auto Industry Performance During the Crisis

    • IV.2. Automotive Industry in 2009

    • IV.3. Impact of U.S. Growth on Canadian Automotive Industry Under Alternative Growth Scenarios

  • Figures

    • IV.1. State of the Auto Industry

    • IV.2. Projected North American Automotive Sales in Alternate Scenarios

  • Boxes

    • IV.1. Canada’s Auto Industry and the “Big Three”

  • V. Canada’s Housing Finance System: Policy Backdrop

Canada: Selected Issues Paper
Author: International Monetary Fund