2024 | Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement Dates | Matt Gul & Selin Gul



June 5th, 2024

Prime drops for the first time in 4 years!

Homeowners in Canada can breathe a sigh of relief after the Central Bank cut interest rates for the first time in four years and signalled more to come, easing some pressure on variable rate mortgage holders. The Bank of Canada has cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, a decision that marks the first time its key rate has fallen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first sign of interest rate relief in four years for financially stretched Canadians, due to cooling inflation and weaker-then-expected economic growth in the first quarter of 2024. April inflation fell to 2.7 per cent, down from 2.9 per cent in March. 

“With continued evidence that underlying inflation is easing, Governing Council agreed that monetary policy no longer needs to be as restrictive and reduced the policy interest rate by 25 basis points. Recent data has increased our confidence that inflation will continue to move towards the 2% target,” the Bank noted in its interest rate announcement.

This is good news for Canadians who are renewing their mortgages, have a variable-rate mortgage, line of credit or are carrying other types of loans. However, housing experts warn that the rate cut could spark a flurry of activity in the housing market, with those who have been sidelined by higher rates seeing this as an opportunity to re-engage in the market. And a boost in demand is often accompanied by a boost in price. With the potential for further interest rate cuts this year, time will tell how the Canadian housing market responds. For now, enjoy the quarter-point cut!


Graphic is sourced from The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

April 10th, 2024

The Bank of Canada kept the lending rate untouched at five per cent, but left the door open for cuts in June, saying it believes inflation will continue to slow. 

Governor Tiff Macklem said in a news conference today that a June cut is “within the realm of possibilities,” adding that central bankers have been encouraged by the progress of several main economic indicators since January.
 
He continued with "What do we need to see to be convinced it's time to cut? The short answer is we are seeing what we need to see, but we need to see it for longer to be confident that progress towards price stability will be sustained."
 
Few had expected the Bank to announce a rate cut as early as today, although expectations are hardening around a likely rate drop in the summer – possibly in June, when its next decision on rates is due but it is looking more like July at this stage.
 
The bottom line is we are headed in the right direction and the Central Bank just needs to see a bit more time with the improvements. Experts are predicting a 40% chance of a reduction in June and a 60% chance in July. The bond market will respond to these drops when they happen and we will see the fixed interest rates come down once we see the Prime rate start to fall



March 6th, 2024

The Bank of Canada did as most experts expected this morning and held the overnight rate steady at 5% for the fifth consecutive month, citing weak GDP, reduced consumer spending and falling wage growth as among the main drivers of its decision.

It appears to be working, with the inflation rate easing back to 2.9 per cent in January, however underlying price pressures persist. “We’ve come a long way in our fight against high inflation. . .but it’s too early to loosen the restrictive policy that has gotten us this far,” said Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, at the press conference opening statement.

The experts are still predicting the first drop in June with potentially a drop of 1% by end of 2024. The arrival of spring has brought a flurry of activity in the housing market, with both sellers and buyers eager to make their moves. There seems to be a lot of pent-up demand that is coupled with current low inventory which has me seeing most deals being multiple offers at the moment. 

Fixed rates have seen a dip from their previous highs, sparking optimism among homeowners and prospective buyers alike. This drop in fixed rates has added an extra layer of excitement to the already bustling market. The bottom line is it looks like we are past the rate increases and we will hopefully see some nice interest rate reductions in 2024.



January 24th, 2024
 
The Bank of Canada holds Rates steady. 
 
As most experts had predicted, the Bank of Canada announced, in a more upbeat statement, that it will maintain the overnight rate at 5%, for the fourth consecutive meeting. 
 
There is a good chance that monetary tightening has done its job, and inflation will trend downward in the coming months. It has been a rough ride trying to get to 2% inflation, but many experts predict we are heading there probably sooner than the Bank expects. The Bank anticipates inflation to hover around 3% in the first half of 2024, gradually returning to its 2% target in 2025.
 
Anticipating a combination of falling inflation, weak economic growth, and a softening labour market, projections suggest that rate cuts are imminent to stimulate the economy in preparation for 2025. Analysts foresee a potential reduction in the overnight rate by June 2024. Once the Bank begins to take the rate down, it is expected that it will do so gradually, a quarter point at a time, and over a series of meetings. We could well see the overnight lending rate fall by 1% to 1.5% by the end of this year.
 
We have seen the Bond market starting to come down in anticipation of the reductions in the overnight Lending rate this year. This has brought the 5 year Fixed rates down from the 6.5% range into the lower to mid 5% range. Fixed rates should continue to fall as the overnight Lending rate is eased going forward this year. Prime rate remains unchanged.
We are coming out of a very tough few years for many individuals.  



Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement Dates / 加拿大央行利率公佈日期

- Wed January 24 + 0.00
- Wed, March 6 + 0.00
- Wed, April 10 + 0.00
- Wed June 5 - 0.25
- Wed, July 24
- Wed, September 4
- Wed, October 23
- Wed December 11

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