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04 May


BMO Economics Report: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region Expansion to Accelerate

May 4, 2018 | By |

  • Strong activity in Ontario and Quebec
  • States in the region to build momentum with accelerating U.S. economy
  • Possible disruption to NAFTA poses trade challenges to region

MONTREAL, TORONTO and CHICAGO, May 4, 2018 /CNW/ – Building on momentum seen from the previous year, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence economy is poised to accelerate in 2018, according to a new report from BMO Economics. The report, Partners in Growth and Trade, was released today during a presentation by BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter at the Council of the Great Lakes Region’s fourth Great Lakes Economic Forum in Montreal.

The region includes Ontario and Quebec in Canada, along with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States.

“The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region is a vital driver of North American economic output, employment and trade, accounting for nearly a third of combined Canadian and U.S. GDP, jobs and exports,” said Mr. Porter. “Its economic output was estimated to reach US$6 trillion in 2017; this outranks Japan, Germany, the U.K. and France, and would represent the third-largest economy in the world – behind the U.S. and China – if it were a country.”

The region also represents an important component of BMO’s cross-border capabilities, given that many of its customers transact in both Canada and the United States. BMO is uniquely and best positioned to serve these customers offering a full spectrum of financing, advisory and wealth management services.

Mr. Porter noted that the the U.S. economy is expected to accelerate this year, growing at a 2.8 per cent clip in 2018 – up from 2.3 per cent last year. In contrast, Canada looks to soften to 2.0 per cent from 3.0 per cent in 2017, as the economy settles back toward potential after a temporary surge. “Ontario’s latest three-year run of near-3 per cent growth was the strongest in 15 years, while Quebec’s, at around 3 per cent, was the strongest since 2000 last year; both are forecast to ease to the low-2 per cent range this year. In contrast, most U.S. states in the region are expected to build on the momentum seen in 2017, which should help nudge up overall growth.”

Mr. Porter also assessed the potential impact of possible trade disruptions, such as a breakup of NAFTA. “To be sure, there are many moving parts when considering the impact – such as currency, price changes, trade substitution with other countries or inter-provincially – but a rough assessment shows that the Great Lakes region would be relatively hard hit.” He noted, however, that while the termination of NAFTA would be a net negative for the overall Canadian economy and a mild negative for the U.S., it remains a manageable risk to which policymakers, businesses, and markets would adjust in relatively short order.

The full report can be downloaded at

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Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of CDN$728 billion as of January 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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23 Apr


Reduce business property taxes to make Ontario more competitive: Toronto Region Board of Trade

April 23, 2018 | By |

TORONTO, ON, April 23, 2018 — To mitigate the costs of an increased minimum wage and high energy prices faced by Ontario business, Toronto Region Board of Trade (the Board) is calling on the campaigning parties Read More

22 Nov


Mayors, Businesses and NGOs in Ottawa to call for increased investment to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

November 22, 2017 | By |

During the second annual Great Lakes Day on Parliament Hill, a number of organizations, including the Council of the Great Lakes Region, called on the Government of Canada to establish Read More

17 Aug


Great Lakes Manufacturing Council Celebrates Its Accomplishments as it Passes the Torch to the Council of the Great Lakes Region

August 17, 2017 | By |

Following 10 years of successfully bringing people together to work individually and collectively to improve the conditions for successful manufacturing in the Great Lakes region, the board of directors of the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council (GLMC) has decided to cease the GLMC’s operations and pass the torch to the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR). Read More

11 Jul


Northeast-midwest institute and the council of the Great lakes region announce new partnership

July 11, 2017 | By |

The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) are very pleased to announce a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Read More