Statistics Canada is set to release its gross domestic product reading for the third quarter Thursday morning.
The federal agency’s preliminary estimate suggested the economy shrank 0.1 per cent.
A decline in real GDP would mark the second consecutive quarterly contraction, meeting the definition of a technical recession.
However, economists tend to have a higher bar for calling a recession as they look for signs of a broader slowdown.
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The softening economy comes as high interest rates put a damper on business and consumer spending.
Forecasters anticipate that slowdown to continue into next year, likely leading to a rise in unemployment as well.
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