Canada - Economic Indicator OverviewIf you desire a quick overview of the economy of Canada, the first place to look is the Canadian government's Canadian Economy Online. The Pulse of the Economy section provides monthly data stretching back 10 years for key economic indicators such as the unemployment rate and inflation for Canada. The sidebar also contains dozens of useful links to other sources of Canadian data and information.
Economic Growth in CanadaThe system for releasing GDP growth in Canada differs a great deal from the system used in the United States - a blog entry at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative provides a backgrounder on GDP releases in Canada and those in the United States. Statistics Canada page of Economic Accounts for Canada contains the most recent releases of Canada's GDP data. Of particular interest are Gross domestic product by industry which provides monthly real GDP data for Canada and Canadian economic accounts which provides quarterly real GDP data for Canada. Stastics Canada's CANSIM has downloadable quarterly data for real GDP growth in Canada. Note: There is a $3 fee to access the data.
S&P/TSX Composite Index - Main Stock Index for CanadaThe Toronto Stock Exchange website contains a great deal of information and news about stock markets in Canada. For data on Canada's major index or any stock in Canada, there are a number of useful websites that contain this information. My favorite of the bunch is Yahoo! Canada - Finance.
Canada's Unemployment RateStatistics Canada publishes their Canada Labour Force Survey each month. The survey contains information on the unemployment rate in Canada, how many jobs were gained or lost in the month in Canada, as well as data for individual Canadian provinces. Ten years of Canadian unemployment data can be found at Canadian Economy Online as well as at Trading Economics - Canada Unemployment Rate. I particularly enjoy the latter site due to the graphical treatment of the unemployment rate data.
Inflation Statistics for CanadaNear the middle of each month Statistics Canada releases monthly data on the Consumer Price Index which is typically used to measure inflation. The most recent release for Canada can be found at Latest release from the Consumer Price Index. Historic CPI data can be found at Canada - Consumer Price Index (CPI) History.
A number of sites provide historic monthly data for the rate of inflation in Canada, including Bank of Canada - Consumer Price Index and Canada - Historical Inflation Rates.