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The Weekly Review, May 13 to 17, 2024

May 17, 2024, 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Racialized people, especially Canadian-born Black people, are more likely to face discrimination

From 2021 to 2024, just over half (51%) of racialized people aged 15 years and older reported experiencing discrimination or unfair treatment within the five years prior to the survey. This was nearly double the proportion (27%) recorded for non-racialized people. Discrimination based on race or skin colour was the leading perceived reason for discrimination against racialized people (66%). This was followed by discrimination due to ethnicity or culture (49%), accent (28%), and language (27%).

Source: Half of racialized people have experienced discrimination or unfair treatment in the past five years


Canadian manufacturing sales decrease in March

Canadian manufacturing sales decreased 2.1% to $69.9 billion in March, led by lower sales of petroleum and coal products (-8.0%) and motor vehicles (-7.9%). The machinery subsector experienced the largest increase, rising 2.9% to $4.5 billion in March. Sales in constant dollars decreased 2.0% in March, indicating that a lower volume of goods was sold as the Industrial Product Price Index increased 0.8% in March.

Source: Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, March 2024


Wholesale sales decline in March

Wholesale sales (excluding petroleum, petroleum products, and other hydrocarbons and oilseed and grain) fell 1.1% to $81.4 billion in March. Sales declined in three of the seven subsectors, with the largest decline coming from the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector. On an annual basis, wholesale sales were 0.4% lower in March 2024, compared with the same month one year earlier.

Source: Wholesale trade, March 2024


Record high investment in foreign securities in March

Canadian investors acquired an unprecedented $35.6 billion of foreign securities in March, ending the first quarter with a record investment of $51.5 billion. Meanwhile, foreign investors increased their exposure to Canadian securities by $14.4 billion in March after divesting $4.3 billion in February.

Source: Canada's international transactions in securities, March 2024


More people are living in food-insecure households

In 2022, 16.9% of Canadians were food insecure, compared with 12.9% in 2021. Overall, the proportion of individuals in households experiencing food insecurity has increased by 5.3 percentage points from 2018 to 2022.

Source: Canadians are facing higher levels of food insecurity

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