Bank of Canada raises key interest rate to 0.75%

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada has hiked its benchmark interest rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, its first increase in nearly seven years.

Such a move will increase the costs of mortgages, home equity lines of credit and other loans linked to the big bank prime rates.

The announcement comes following a series of data suggesting the economy started the year on a strong footing, even as inflation has remained below the Bank of Canada’s target of two per cent.

The central bank last...

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