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Category 1 recessions have only a short, mild drop in GDP and no decline in quarterly employment.
At the other extreme, Category 5 recessions involve extremely rapid contractions of the economy over an extended period of time.
The Council released its first report on October 24, 2012, providing an assessment of the 2008/09 recession, as well as an historical chronology of business cycle dates going back to 1926 (a background commentary that explains in greater details the methodology and the chronology can be found here).
In its second report, the council determined that as of July 22, 2015, data did not provide evidence that Canada had entered an economic downturn.
The Council also acts as a conduit for research aimed at developing a deeper understanding of how the economy evolves and to provide guidance to policymakers.
The Council performs a similar function to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Business Cycle Dating Committee in the United States.
The Council is comprised of Canada’s preeminent economists active in the field.
The Council defines a recession as a pronounced, pervasive and persistent decline in aggregate economic activity.In deciding on the occurrence and timing of a recession, the Council looks at three dimensions: duration, amplitude, and scope – or how widespread a downturn is.