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- All 2014 Official International Reserves -

The Department of Finance announced today that Canada's official international reserves increased by an amount equivalent to US$845 million during April to US$77,295 million.

Details on the level and composition of Canada's reserves as of April 30, 2014, as well as the major factors underlying the change in reserves, are provided below. All figures are in millions of US dollars unless otherwise noted.

Foreign Currency Reserves
  millions of US dollars
Securities 63,244
Deposits 574

Total securities and deposits (liquid reserves): 63,818
Gold1 124
Special drawing rights (SDRs) 8,730
Reserve position in the IMF 4,623

Total:
  April 30, 2014 77,295
  March 31, 2014 76,450

Net change: 845
Details on Deposits
 millions of US dollars
Other central banks/Bank for International Settlements 524
Banks headquartered in Canada 0
  Of which: located abroad 0
Banks headquartered abroad 50
  Of which: located in Canada 0

Total: 574
Details of Net Change
 millions of US dollars
Reserves management operations2 561
Gains and losses on gold sales 0
Net investment gains and losses:
  Return on investments3 178
  Foreign currency debt charges -68
  Revaluation effects4 174
Net government operations5 0
Official intervention 0
Other transactions 0

Net change: 845
Currency Composition of Deposits and Securities
 millions of US dollars
US dollars 43,711
Euro 19,496
Pound sterling 310
Yen 301

Total: 63,818
Predetermined Short-Term Drains on Foreign Currency Reserves (Nominal Value)
  millions of US dollars
 
  0-1 month 1-3 months 3-12 months Total
Foreign currency securities6:
  Principal -929 -3,631 -3,898 -8,458
  Interest -76 -323 -816 -1,215
Aggregate short forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar 0 0 0 0
Aggregate long forward positions in foreign currencies vis-à-vis Canadian dollar 0 0 0 0

Total net drains: -1,005 -3,954 -4,715 -9,673
Additional Information (Nominal Value)
 millions of US dollars
Undrawn, unconditional credit lines with banks headquartered outside Canada 0
Securities lent under repurchase agreements7 0
Securities held under repurchase agreements8 374
Financial derivatives assets (net, marked to market):
  Forwards -10
  Swaps -2,023

NOTES:

  1. There were no sales of gold settled in April. On April 30, gold holdings stood at 95,895 ounces. The valuation is based on the April 30, 2014, London p.m. fix of US$1,288.50 per ounce.
  2. Net change in securities and deposits resulting from foreign currency funding activities of the Government. (Issuance of foreign currency liabilities used to acquire assets increases reserves, while maturities decrease reserves). During April, Canada bills decreased by US$32 million to a level of outstanding bills of US$1,989.4  million; a total of US$653.2 million of cross-currency swaps of domestic obligations was raised; and an equivalent of US$60.1 million in foreign exchange swaps matured.
  3. "Return on investments" comprises US$98 million of interest earned on investments and a US$80-million increase in the market value of securities resulting from changes in interest rates.
  4. "Revaluation effects" reflect changes in the market value of reserve assets resulting from movements in exchange rates. In April, the revaluation effect was mainly due to the appreciation of the euro.
  5. "Net government operations" are the net purchases of foreign currency for government foreign exchange requirements and for additions to reserves.
  6. "Foreign currency securities" include maturities of foreign currency debt, cross-currency swap payments and an estimate of interest payments on foreign currency liabilities.
  7. "Securities lent under repurchase agreements" are included in total reserves. Collateral provided in securities lending transactions is not included in total reserves.
  8. Cash invested under repurchase agreements is included in total reserves. Collateral provided in securities lending transactions is not included in total reserves.
Official International Reserves (10-Year Synopsis)
   millions of US dollars
 
Date US dollars Other currencies Gold SDRs IMF position Total
April 30, 2014 43,711 20,107 124 8,730 4,623 77,295
March 31, 2014 43,452 19,554 124 8,709 4,611 76,450
February 28, 2014 44,297 19,424 127 8,718 4,603 77,169
January 31, 2014 40,411 18,917 120 8,642 4,688 72,778
December 31, 2013 39,514 18,916 115 8,675 4,717 71,937
November 29, 2013 39,852 18,813 122 8,648 4,603 72,038
October 31, 2013 39,152 18,821 130 8,663 4,731 71,497
September 30, 2013 39,190 18,656 130 8,641 4,775 71,392
August 30, 2013 38,667 17,938 139 8,583 4,601 69,928
July 31, 2013 38,392 18,066 133 8,571 4,595 69,757
June 28, 2013 38,090 17,634 121 8,528 4,513 68,886
May 31, 2013 38,787 18,868 142 8,499 4,399 70,695
April 30, 2013 39,200 19,286 150 8,594 4,405 71,635

December 31, 2013 39,514 18,916 115 8,675 4,717 71,937
December 31, 2012 35,622 19,621 181 8,754 4,368 68,546
December 30, 2011 32,826 19,985 167 8,966 3,875 65,819
December 31, 2010 26,677 18,211 153 9,054 3,056 57,151
December 31, 2009 23,879 18,723 119 9,212 2,424 54,357
December 31, 2008 22,804 18,733 95 991 1,249 43,872
December 31, 2007 19,257 20,057 91 1,015 661 41,081
December 31, 2006 15,608 17,590 69 963 833 35,063
December 31, 2005 16,842 13,822 56 897 1,401 33,018
December 31, 2004 14,426 15,740 48 925 3,327 34,466
December 31, 2003 15,575 15,961 45 838 3,848 36,267

Future Release Dates

The next release is June 4, 2014 (covering the period May 2014).

For further information on the Exchange Fund Account, please consult the Report on the Management of Canada's Official International Reserves—April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013.

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