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The Bank of Canada today cut the overnight rate to 3/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 per cent and the deposit rate is  1/2 per cent.

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Bank of Canada cut overnight rate target  to 3/4 per cent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Ottawa, Ontario March 13, 2019

The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to ¾ percent.

The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 percent and the deposit rate is ½ percent. This unscheduled rate decision is a proactive measure taken in light of the negative shocks to Canada's economy arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent sharp drop in oil prices.

It is clear that the spread of the coronavirus is having serious consequences for Canadian families, and for Canada's economy. In addition, lower prices for oil, even since our last scheduled rate decision on March 4, will weigh heavily on the economy, particularly in energy intensive regions.

The Bank will provide a full update of its outlook for the Canadian and global economies on April 15. As the situation evolves, Governing Council stands ready to adjust monetary policy further if required to support economic growth and keep inflation on target. The Bank has also taken steps to ensure that the Canadian financial system has sufficient liquidity. These additional measures have been announced in separate notices on the Bank's website. The Bank is closely monitoring economic and financial conditions, in coordination with other G7 central banks and fiscal authorities.

 Source: Bank of Canada

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