CPA Canada Business Monitor

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is proud to present the CPA Canada Business Monitor. This report draws on the strategic thinking and business insight of professional accountants holding key leadership positions in a wide range of Canadian organizations to provide a view of business trends and economic optimism across Canada.


Key findings from Q2 2014 Backgrounder include:

  • A greater number of Canadian professional accountants in senior corporate positions are forecasting a jump in employee numbers as economic optimism holds steady, according to the latest CPA Canada Business Monitor (Q2 2014).
  • Almost half (48 per cent) of those surveyed are forecasting a growth in employee numbers at their companies in the year ahead, up from 43 per cent in the previous quarter. Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents predict no change, 12 per cent expect a drop and one per cent do not know.
  • There also are positive projections for revenues and profits. Seventy-three per cent of respondents expect their revenues to grow in the next year (identical to Q1) and 69 per cent (66 per cent in Q1) are forecasting an increase in profits. In addition, the majority of respondents continue to like the prospects of their own company over the next 12 months. Sixty-six per cent are optimistic compared with 62 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.

    Clearly, the findings offer hope for a strengthening Canadian economy,” says Kevin Dancey, FCPA, FCA, president and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). “It is particularly encouraging to see economic optimism holding steady at an elevated level but it has only been for two quarters. It’s too early to determine if we are on a path to sustained economic recovery.
  • When it comes to challenges facing the Canadian economy, the survey respondents believe international markets pose the greatest threat. The state of the U.S. economy is viewed as the biggest challenge cited by 30 per cent of respondents. It is followed by the rest of the global economy referenced by 12 per cent of those surveyed.
  • Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has been in the position for just over a year now. The majority of professional accountants surveyed (71 per cent) believe that Canadian business has become more comfortable with Poloz as governor since he assumed the post. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents feel Canadian business is less comfortable.

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