The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it was holding its interest rate at 5%, as expected. The next announcement is Oct. 25.
The Bank's Governing Council said there are signs that supply is catching up to demand, and it is still assessing how previous rate hikes are affecting the economy.
"However, Governing Council remains concerned about the persistence of underlying inflationary pressures, and is prepared to increase the policy interest rate further if needed," said the news release issued by the bank.
The pause comes as political pressure increases to stop raising rates, though the Bank has been clear it's committed to restoring price stability for Canadians and does not make decisions based on government requests.
"I know a lot of our members are affected by increasing costs caused by inflation and higher interest rates," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "It's not an easy time, but we're also seeing investments in more efficient operations and a focus on sustainability that will make our community more resilient in the long run."