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Ottawa, November 23, 2006
2006-070

Archived - Canada's New Government Renews Inflation-Target Agreement With the Bank of Canada

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The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced that as part of its Advantage Canada plan to build a strong economy for Canadians, Canada's New Government has reached an agreement with the Bank of Canada to renew Canada's inflation-control target for a further five years to 2011.

"Maintaining low, stable and predictable inflation goes right to the bottom line of every household budget" said Minister Flaherty. "It ensures affordable mortgage rates, allows more families to purchase new homes, secures the value of incomes and keeps the costs of purchases stable."

First introduced in 1991, the inflation-target regime has kept inflation low and stable. It has allowed households and businesses to make more accurate long-range plans and benefit from lower mortgage and loan costs. Under the renewed agreement, the inflation target will continue to be the 2 per cent mid-point of the 1 to 3 per cent inflation-control range.

A copy of the Joint Statement of the Government of Canada and the Bank of Canada on the Renewal of the Inflation-Control Target is attached.

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For further information, media may contact:

Eric Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861

David Gamble
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080


Joint Statement of the Government of Canada and the Bank of Canada on the Renewal of the Inflation-Control Target

The primary objective of Canada's monetary policy is to enhance the well-being of Canadians by contributing to sustained economic growth, rising levels of employment and improved living standards. Experience has clearly shown that the best way monetary policy can achieve this goal is by giving Canadian households and businesses confidence in the value of their money.

It has been 15 years since Canada adopted an inflation-targeting framework to guide its monetary policy. During this time, Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has been reduced to a low, stable and predictable level of close to 2 per cent, real output has expanded at an average rate of 3 per cent per year and the unemployment rate has fallen to 30-year lows. Although a generally supportive international environment, coupled with significant domestic economic reforms and a prudent fiscal policy track, has played an important role in these positive developments, a key contributor has been Canada's monetary policy under the inflation-targeting framework. The joint commitment of the Government of Canada and the Bank of Canada to the inflation targets has helped anchor inflation expectations. It has also provided a more stable and certain economic environment in which Canadians can make their investment and spending decisions.

Based on this positive experience, the Government of Canada and the Bank of Canada agree to renew the inflation target on the following basis:

The Bank will continue its ongoing research into potential improvements in the monetary policy framework. Before the end of 2011, the Government and the Bank will review the experience over the period and the results of the research, and determine the appropriate target for the years ahead.

The commitment by the Government and the Bank to this inflation-control target will ensure that Canadians continue to derive the economic and social benefits from low, stable and predictable inflation and will underpin confidence in Canada's economic prospects in the coming years.

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For further information, media may contact:

Eric Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861
David Gamble
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080
Annie Portelance
Bank of Canada
613-782-8782