Investment in Canada's buyout and private equity (PE) market continued at a strong pace in the first nine months of 2018, according to final data released by Refinitiv. PE deployments hit $24 billion at the end of September, down 7 percent from a year ago, but still marking the second most active first nine months in dollar terms on record. Transaction volumes in this period were more significantly reduced, with 255 PE deals done, the lowest number in five years. Overall, Canadian PE market activity declined in Q3 2018, with 76 deals securing $5.6 billion. At the end of September, the oil and gas sector captured the largest share of values, or 28 percent.