Figures suggest economic activity can quickly bounce back when the virus is contained.
'The first quarter of 2021 is shaping out to be a very good one for Canada.'
Statistics Canada said the economy grew at an annualized rate of 9.6% over the last three months of 2020
Think-tank says the local economy "will not escape the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Gains have been linked to the loosening of restrictions that forced non-essential businesses to close this spring, but haven't been enough to haul the economy back to pre-pandemic levels.
GDP contracted at an annualized rate of 38.7%, the worst posting for the economy dating back to when comparable data was first recorded in 1961.
But early estimates point to growth of 3% in May.
The outsized influence of the federal government on the local economy means Ottawa will fare better than many other Canadian cities.
Weakness in the mining sector and troubles for the transportation sector caused by winter weather and a derailment that cut a key rail line weighed on the economy in February.
The pace of economic growth in Canada slowed in the third quarter as business investment spending moved lower and the growth in household spending slowed, Statistics Canada said Friday.