The Canadian dollar weakened versus 11 of the 16 most- traded currencies and has declined 0.9 percent this week. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said today's quarter-percentage point interest-rate increase to a seven-year high of 4.25 percent will help the bank bring inflation back below 2 percent.
Canada's dollar declined 0.6 percent to C$1.0189 per U.S. dollar at 9:18 a.m. in Toronto, from C$1.0124 yesterday. One Canadian dollar buys 98.15 U.S. cents.
The loonie, as the currency is known because of the image of the bird on the one-dollar coin, has traded near parity with its U.S. counterpart this year after climbing 17 percent in 2007. It touched a 2008 low of C$1.0379 on Jan. 22, and a high of 97.12 cents per U.S. dollar on Feb. 28.