The Daily Monday, October 18, 2021

Press Release

Canada’s international transactions in securities, August 2021

Foreign investors acquired $26.3 billion of Canadian securities in August, mainly in the form of debt securities. At the same time, Canadian investors resumed their purchases of foreign securities, adding $15.2 billion worth to their portfolios in August.

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Personal Protective Equipment Survey, August 2021

Demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) among businesses stayed the same in August. Aside from a decrease in demand for PPE from February to May 2021, demand for PPE has been stable since December 2020. However, in August, more businesses had concerns about shortages of essential PPE, especially businesses in educational services.

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Food prices in the Consumer Price Index

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food prices have been impacted by factors such as weather, supply disruptions and shifting consumer demand. In turn, this affects Canadians’ pocketbooks. Food is the second largest component of the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI), with Canadians directing about 17% of their expenditures to food from stores and restaurants. Statistics Canada would like to provide more information on the data and methods used to calculate the food purchased from stores index in the CPI.

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Outlook of rural businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, third quarter 2021

As summer approached, with rising vaccination rates and the easing of restrictions, rural Canadian businesses continued to adapt to the effects of the pandemic.

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Study: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian seniors

Although COVID-19 has affected all Canadians, seniors are particularly vulnerable to its health impacts, including a higher risk of hospitalization, complications, as well as death. A new article published today, “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian seniors,” summarizes some of the health, social, and financial impacts of the pandemic on seniors in Canada.

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