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Target for the overnight rate

The Bank carries out monetary policy by influencing short-term interest rates. It does this by raising and lowering the target for the overnight rate.

The overnight rate is the interest rate at which major financial institutions borrow and lend one-day (or "overnight") funds among themselves; the Bank sets a target level for that rate. This target for the overnight rate is often referred to as the Bank's key interest rate or key policy rate.

Changes in the target for the overnight rate influence other interest rates, such as those for consumer loans and mortgages. They can also affect the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar.

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DATE TARGET(%) CHANGE (%)
December 7, 2016 0.50 ---
January 18, 2017 0.50 ---
March 1, 2017 0.50 ---
April 12, 2017 0.50 ---
May 24, 2017 0.50 ---
July 12, 2017 0.75
1.50
+0.25
September 6, 2017 1.00 +0.25
October 25, 2017 1.00
1.75
+0.25
December 6, 2017 1.00 +0.25
January 17, 2018 1.25 +0.25
March 7, 2018 1.25 ---
April 18, 2018 1.25 ---
April 18, 2018 1.25 ---
May 30, 2018 --- ---
July 11, 2018 --- ---
September 5, 2018 --- ---
October 24, 2018 --- ---
December 5, 2018 --- ---
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