79 predictions for 2020 | Future forecast

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Read 79 predictions for 2020, a year that will see the world transform in big and small ways; this includes disruptions throughout our culture, technology, science, health and business sectors. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

Fast Forecasts for 2020
  • Between 2020 to 2023, a periodic solar event called a "grand minimum" overtakes the sun (lasting through 2070), resulting in diminished magnetism, infrequent sunspot production and less ultraviolet (UV) radiation reaching Earth — all bringing a cooler per Likelihood: 50% 1
  • US wireless consumers in most urban centers will start gaining access to 5G devices and connectivity between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • A US recession surfaces between 2020 and 2022, this time caused by excessively high levels of corporate debt. An interest rate rise is argued as the likely culprit since over-leveraged companies collapsed under the weight of their loan repayment terms. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Stronger Customer Authentication implements new frameworks for identity confirmation for customers making payments or purchases online. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • With little to no growth in business investment, the UK economy risks dipping into a recession amid Brexit tensions and uncertainties between 2020 and 2022. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Between 2020 to 2021, the federal government will hold telecommunications auctions for wireless spectrums that can be used to build ultra-fast 5G networks. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion begins construction, eventually enabling a more efficient shipment of crude oil from Alberta to Vancouver and then out to Asian markets. It will also add 590,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity, a 15% boost to West Likelihood: 100% 1
  • The Canadian Farm Builders Association’s (CFBA) apply new farm building code requirements into the 2020 National Building Code update. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Canadians with criminal records will have their cannabis-related convictions pardoned between 2020 and 2023. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • To improve road safety, new regulations from Transport Canada mandates that trucks and buses now need to be outfitted with electronic stability control technology and mandatory electronic logging devices. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Canada's largest solar energy project set to start construction and will eventually generate about 800 million kWh per year, enough to power 100,000 homes. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • Health Canada enacts new rules in how it negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies in a bid to lower pharmaceutical prices. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • Canada's largest province, Ontario, to ban cellphones in classrooms. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • The number of Canadian households paying for at least one streaming video service will eclipse traditional TV subscribers. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • Canadian now spend more screen time on mobile phones than watching TV. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Microsoft opens new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • To build climate change resilience, Canada updates its building codes with new guidelines for certifying the resiliency of roofs to extreme weather events. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The Empire State Trail, a 1,200-km bike trail that stretches from Canada all the way to New York City, is completed. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Rogers, a Canadian telecom, rolls out a nationwide LTE network (LTE-M) designed for devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). This network will serve as a platform to enable future consumer IoT applications such as wearables. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • Canada's largest province, Ontario, to make one credit of online courses mandatory for all high school students in a push to accelerate future e-learning initiatives. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • One million new immigrants will have settled in Canada since 2018. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The Bank of Canada to become the administrator of a key interest rate benchmark, the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average (CORRA). Likelihood: 100% 1
  • 5G spectrum auctions to be sold between 2020 to 2021 to accelerate the build-out of a national 5G network. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Canada enacts a progressively increasing carbon tax in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • 5G internet connectivity to be introduced into major Canadian cities between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • National housing prices rise by 1.9%. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Numerous amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) will force employers to completely reassess how they manage harassment and violence in the workplace. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Canada joins the Asia-Pacific trade deal, otherwise known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • With the Pay Equity Act coming into force, employers are now expected to identify and correct gender discrimination that may be present in their compensation practices and to adjust the wages of affected employees. Likelihood: 100% 1
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  • Japan completes exaflop supercomputer using ARM processors. 1
  • India completes a massive optical fiber network that connects 600 million rural citizens to the Internet. 1
  • China wants to land probe on dark side of the moon. 1
  • China completes its reform of its military, shrinking it by 300,000 soldiers and modernizing how it operates overall. 1
  • The Paris climate change deal comes into effect with the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. 1
  • Solar becomes more economical than regular electricity in more than half of the U.S. 1
  • The PS5 debuts. 1
  • More people will own a phone than have electricity. 1
  • There are 6.1 billion smartphone users globally, overtaking basic fixed phone subscriptions. 1
  • Legal marijuana sales to hit $23B in the United States. 1
  • Robot exoskeleton to help elderly persons remain active becomes widely available for purchase 1
  • World's first robot Olympics held in Japan 1
  • Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 1.2 US dollars 1
  • London's "Stratford City" is fully built 1
  • China completes the world's largest rail system (120,000 km) 1
  • New Zealand's "Rebuilding of Christchurch" is fully built 1
  • Indonesian's "Sunda Strait Bridge" is fully built 1
  • Saudi Arabia's "Kingdom Tower" is fully built 1
  • Congo's "Great Inga Dam" is fully built 1
  • Scandinavia and Germany's "Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link" is fully built 1
  • China's "Great City" is fully built 1
  • Venera-D space probe to reaches Venus 1
  • Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) goes into operation 1
  • Giant Magellan Telescope goes into operation 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 7,758,156,000 1
  • Share of global car sales taken by autonomous vehicles equals 5 per cent 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 6,600,000 1
  • (Moore's Law) Calculations per second, per $1,000, equals 10^13 (one mouse brain) 1
  • Average number of connected devices, per person, is 6.5 1
  • Global number of Internet connected devices reaches 50,050,000,000 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 24 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 188 exabytes 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Brazilian population is 15-24 and 35-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Mexican population is 20-24 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Middle East population is 20-24 1
  • Largest age cohort for the African population is 0-4 1
  • Largest age cohort for the European population is 35-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Indian population is 0-9 and 15-19 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Chinese population is 30-34 1
  • Largest age cohort for the United States population is 25-29 1

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Corporate Forecasts for 2020
  • Microsoft opens new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. 1

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