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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of Canada

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2015: 95.4%

Trade Balance, 2015: -$12.6 bln.

Inflation, 2015: 1.2%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:


Supporting Factors

Major commodity exporter


Factors of Weakness

Dependence on United States as a major counterparty

The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada and is the 7th most traded currency in the world. It is often nicknamed “loonie” for the image of the aquatic bird on $C1 coin. The loonie was introduced as a currency used in Canada and all of its provinces in 1871, while the fixed exchange rate was abandoned in 1970. It is used by some central banks as a reserve currency. The performance of the currency depends on raw materials. Prices for crude oil are the most influential factor on the value of Canada’s dollar as oil is the most important export of Canada.

Canadian Dollar News Archive

Canadian Dollar Tumbles amid Crude Oil Sell-Off

The Canadian dollar fell more than 1% against its major counterparts today as the sell-off of crude oil hurt the commodity-linked currency while poor economic data from China gave traders even more incentive to avoid currencies related to raw materials.

Higher Oil Prices Help Canadian Dollar

Canadian dollar is getting a boost today, reaching its highest level against the US dollar in about nine months, and gaining against some of its other counterparts as well. Higher oil prices are providing support to the loonie today.

Oil Gives Canadian Dollar a Bump

Canadian dollar is getting a bit of a bump against its major counterparts today, thanks in large part to higher oil prices. With oil prices gaining again, that is helping the loonie, and should provide some support for the economy, although more swings are likely.

Oil Drops, Stalling Loonie’s Rally

Oil prices are dropping today, stalling the rally the Canadian dollar has been seeing in recent days. Yesterday, the loonie reached the 79-cent mark against the US dollar, and some think that Canadian dollar could breach 80 cents in the coming weeks.

Loonie Down on Oil, Economic Cautions

Canadian dollar is mostly lower today, falling as concerns about the economy continue and as oil prices remain weak. Although oil is higher than it has been in a while, it is still down on the day, and there are worries about what that means for the Canadian economy.

Canadian Dollar Firms After BoC Meeting

The Bank of Canada left its interest rates unchanged during the Wednesday’s policy meeting. The decision made the Canadian dollar firmer, though it was unable to outperform its US rival.

Huge Gains of Crude Oil Benefit Canadian Dollar

Crude oil demonstrated big gains during the Tuesday’s trading session, and so did the Canadian dollar — the currency that is closely tied to crude.

Canadian Dollar Gains on Crude Oil Rally & Employment Data

The Canadian dollar rallied today, propelled higher by the amazing employment data and the rally of crude oil. The falling housing starts were unable to deter the currency from rising.

Canadian Dollar Slides, Attempts to Rebound

The Canadian dollar fell today after the nation’s trade balance worsened unexpectedly. The currency is trying to regain its footing with the help of crude oil rally.

Loonie Stays Mostly Lower in Currency Trading

Canadian dollar continues to head mostly lower today in currency trading on the FX market. Loonie saw a bit of a surge at the end of last week, but now the currency is settling back down.