In 2024, Canada’s economy is likely to be in a strong position due to key developments in the past four years. Subsequent to a period of hesitation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has been rapidly and responsibly transitioning towards a diversified and resilient economy that accommodates different dynamic industries and welcomes foreign investment. Canadian finances are currently in robust health after record high GDP growth and the government has been able to re prioritize resources from certain sectors to others, when needed. In addition, a wide array of economic opportunities currently exist for entrepreneurs and individuals, particularly in Canada’s growing technology industry. All in all, Canada’s economy looks to be on-track for prosperous growth in six years’ time.
To start off, it is important to analyze the state of Canada’s finances as a nation. According to the World Bank, as of 2021, Canada’s GDP was 758.21 billion CAD, however rapidly closing the gap on the United States. Canadian market growth also skyrocketed in 2020 due to low resources caused by the pandemic, producing nearly a 6.6% GDP enhancement; the highest of all G7 nations. This put the nation in a possible surplus situation and enabled the Ministry of Finance to invest aggressively in various facets of the economy.
In the fall of 2021, the Honorable Chrystia Freeland announced the ambitious “Go-global strategy” which is projected to double Canadian exports by 2035 and spur 20K new companies to be invoiced overseas. This initiative has since become one of the most drastic economic shake-ups since Freeland took office in 2019, by investing substantially into service, manufacturing and technology industries through partnership programs,MOU’s and incubation programs. Additionally, the federal and provincial governments plan to invest 4.5 billion CAD into the SME segment along with 9.2 billion CAD into renewable energies. Over the next 5-6 years investment into these companies and R&D is expected to yield favorable economic results for the nation.
In the long run, technological advancements are expected to significantly augment Canadian economic prospects in204 by significantly increasing productivity, moving away from labor-intensive processes to more automated roles. Technology, such as AI, robotics, IoT and industrial automation, have already been integrated in many enterprises and are predicted to become even significantly more prevalent in a few years’ time. The advancement of self drive automobile, individual flight vehicles and electric trucks are projected to be a game-changer for the transportation industry in 2024, assisting reduce traffic congestion, facilitate faster deliveries and lower maintenance costs. Furthermore, manufacturing companies are speculated to capitalize on the AI revolution, by refining production processes, rising speed and optimizing efficiency. As these new technologies become prevalent, it is expected that these will drive a wave of digital transformation and automation for enterprises, in turn creating a plethora of job opportunities and attracting foreign investments.
The influx of foreign investments in Canada’s economy, is likely to be unrivaled by any other nation in 2024. This is generally due to favorable foreign investment policies Canada has conducted by negotiating better trade relations and multiple free-trade agreements with the European Union, United Kingdom and Mexico. Canada is renowned for its low-business risk, high-labor capabilities, strong economic regulations, tolerant policies and deep integration of technology; allowing the nation to easily compete amongst G7 countries, provide simplified entry into North American markets & attract FDI worth billions of dollars in subsequent years. All of these factors make the country an attractive launch-pad for enterprise growth in the near future.
An important element to achieving a vibrant Canadian economy in such a short time frame is sustaining social stability, securing public and environmental safety, and fostering inclusivity. Canada will have to majorly invest in reinforcing systems for healthcare, education and social services in order to create a sustainable environment in which opportunity is offered to Canadians across different backgrounds, and inclusion and advancement is possible for ethnic & gender minorities. High public safety standards enforced by tougher laws & transparency mechanisms along with public awareness can strengthen Canada’s reputation of being a socially responsible global leader.
All in all, Canada’s economy looks to have a significantly rosy future with the growth likely to be rapid but methodical. Through successful integration of certain economic policies alongside prudent financial management, Canada can enjoy strong economic growth amongst its G7 peers in 2024. It is essential for Canadian Diaspora to action and ensure that environmental/social responsibilities are adhered to and businesses continue to scale for continuous economic success in the long term.
This will only be possible by there being a hard work and Innovation, both financially and personally for success t continue a prosperous future for generations to come.