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Canadian international merchandise trade, April 2022
Following two months of strong increases, growth in Canadian merchandise imports and exports slowed in April, with imports rising 1.9% and exports increasing 0.6%. As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade surplus with the world narrowed from $2.3 billion in March to $1.5 billion in April.
Canadian international trade in services, April 2022
Canada’s monthly international trade in services deficit widened from $796 million in March to $1.3 billion in April. Overall, imports of services increased 5.5% to $13.5 billion, while exports were up 1.6% to $12.2 billion.
Energy statistics, March 2022
Primary energy production rose 2.8% in March to 2.0 million terajoules. This was the second consecutive year-over-year, monthly increase, following February’s 2.8% rise.
Retail Commodity Survey, March 2022
Retail sales reached $59.2 billion in March, an increase of 4.2% compared with the same month a year earlier. Higher sales were reported in 11 of the 19 commodity classes.
Self-rated mental health decreases after another year of the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on the lives of Canadians since March 2020. Restrictions have been put into effect by health authorities throughout the pandemic to help limit the spread of the virus, with increased restrictions implemented during time periods where COVID-19 cases have surged. Public health recommendations to limit the spread of the virus, such as limiting social contacts to varying degrees and restricting non-essential travel, as well as job uncertainty and fear of the virus itself have impacted Canadians both socially and economically. As the pandemic continues to evolve, new results show that the self-rated mental health (SRMH) decreased between fall 2020 and early 2022.
Farm product prices, April 2022
Prices received by farmers in April for grains, oilseeds, specialty crops, cattle, hogs, poultry, eggs, and dairy products are now available at the provincial level.
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