March 2024 Bank of Canada Rate Update

March 6, 2024

No change to the BOC prime rate announced today.

For the fifth consecutive meeting the Bank of Canada kept its policy rate unchanged at 5.00%.

You can read the BOC press release here.



We’ve been promising rate cuts for months now.

But where are they?

Every single media outlet and talking head seams to have the answer… “around June”.

However I think expectations of a rate cut in June have to be tempered.

While that timeline is certainly plausible it remains far from certain. At least not as certain as the market expects based on the data we have at the moment.


There certainly are growing signs that the economy is struggling under the weight of high interest rates. Headline inflation in January dropped to 2.90%, the expectation was 3.30%. Very encouraging.

Our most recent GDP reading of 1% in Q4 (which narrowly avoided a recession) hasn’t really inspired a lot of confidence. Economists feedback was the data was underwhelming and that all of the growth came from net exports.


There are two reasons why the Bank of Canada may opt to disappoint markets and delay a rate cut until later in the year.

  1. Firstly, the US economy is not showing many signs of slowing down yet which means that they are further away from rate cuts than we are in Canada. A divergence in rate policy between the US and Canada means that the Canadian dollar will weaken which ultimately has an inflationary effect for us here in Canada.
  2. Cutting rates on the June timeline threatens to reignite Canada’s housing market. According to Scotia’s chief economist Derek Holt cutting rates too soon “would be about the dumbest thing the Bank of Canada could do“. (Gotta love a great quote like that)

Having said that the expectation remains that we will see lower rates by the end of this year and I agree.


The following table summarizes the big six banks expectations of Bank of Canada moves and bond market moves in the coming months.


2024 mortgage interest rate expectations
2024 mortgage interest rate expectations big 6 banks

As you can see, one thing they all agree on is lower rates are imminent.

Bottomline from this table we expect interest rates to settle down about 2.00% lower than they are today in the coming months.

The next Bank of Canada meeting
is scheduled for April 10th

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Until next time…


Christopher Molder

Mortgage Broker

Christopher is a mortgage broker based in Toronto, Canada. And a son of a broker too. He’s a second generation mortgage broker. Following in his father’s steps he joined the family mortgage business straight out of university.