Letting the foreign money float

When you journey, you realize that generally you must change extra Canadian cash to purchase overseas foreign money, and generally you want much less.

The worth of the Canadian greenback rises or falls in response to how a lot individuals in overseas change markets wish to purchase and promote it—that’s what makes it float.


The Financial institution of Canada doesn’t attempt to set the greenback’s change charge. We let markets set its worth. As a result of the Financial institution of Canada lets the Canadian greenback float, we will give attention to setting rates of interest to take care of inflation at 2 % in Canada.


Demand for our greenback is affected primarily by demand for Canadian items and companies—the extra individuals wish to purchase what we promote, the extra our Canadian greenback is price.

The power of our economic system relative to different international locations additionally impacts the greenback’s worth. Some particular elements that may make our greenback go up or down are:

  • our rates of interest relative to different international locations
  • our inflation charge relative to different international locations
  • demand for our monetary belongings, like shares and bonds