Canada Manufacturing

Should Canadians Be Worried About the Weak Loonie?

Peter Hall | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

A weaker Canadian dollar poses a threat to imported inputs to Canada's production machine, and to future Canadian investments abroad. But the soaring U.S. dollar isn't the only currency in play. Movements in other currencies are less dramatic. Perhaps this is an opportunity to scan the globe both for inputs to our production process and for direct investment undertakings in less-traditional markets.

These Canadian Industries Are Winning the Trade Game

Peter Hall | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

How is Canada faring in our industrial diversification? Progress on trade diversification over the past 15 years is likely one of the most remarkable developments in Canadian economic history. A strong dependence on traditional markets was only enhanced by the Canada-US FTA, which saw exports to the US soar to over 85 per cent of the total. But a big shift began in the New Millennium.

Stop the Struggle: It's Time for Frustration-Free Packinging

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With the holidays just around the corner, this got me thinking about the issue of "frustration-free" packaging. Not only is complex wrapping simply no fun for the kids receiving gifts packaged in such a manner, the fact is it's a much larger issue for the most rapidly growing segment of our population -- older adults.

Canadian Retailers Must Put Child Labour on the Agenda

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Cheryl Hotchkiss

Today's products come to you courtesy of a whole string of contractors and subcontractors, each with different employment and safety standards. Moving down the supply chain, you often find children forced to work in brutal, dangerous conditions for very little pay. Hours are so long that many have no chance to continue in school, relegating them to lifetimes of low-paid labour.

BRUTAL Day On The Stock Markets

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO — North American stock markets sold off sharply Monday as a disappointing read on American manufacturing added to worries over whether econo...

Not Every Customer Is Created Equal

Paul Barter | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

It used to be that if you wanted to make something for everyone, you had to assume everyone was more or less the same. Not anymore. Today it's about producing personalized products for each one of us. Mass personalization is just beginning to come online and enter the collective consciousness.

Think Globally, Not Locally

Mark Milke | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Plenty of people will shamelessly demand government spend lots of extra money to "buy local," even if the cost is millions or billions of dollars more. This is daft. The notion that jobs in Canada come at the cost of employment in Japan, India, China or Germany, or vice-versa, is profoundly mistaken. Jobs can be created in one's own country and abroad at the same time.

Your Ten Dollar T-Shirt Is Not The Problem

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

The price of a piece of clothing is not at all indicative of the working conditions of its manufacturer. On top of that, implying (or outright saying) that there is something morally wrong with paying ten dollars for a t-shirt is incredibly classist. The truth is that when brand names charge higher prices for their items, that extra cash usually goes to two places: into the pockets of CEOs and other higher-ups, and into the company's advertising budget.

Ontario Should Lead the Cleantech Revolution

Mike Schreiner | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Ontario desperately needs a bold plan to create jobs for the 21st century. We need to replace the 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the last decade. Ontario needs to invest in where the puck is going: the cleantech and low carbon economy. Do we have the courage and vision to skate there?

Manufacturing Takes A Hit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A seasonal pause by Ontario's auto industry, combined with weakness in a broad range of other sectors, pushed Canada's manufacturing sales in...

How a Small Mid-Western State Could Change Canada's Future

Nik Nanos | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business
Nik Nanos

Americans and Canadians should take note -- beyond the surface in Ohio lies an incubator and perhaps even a model for what a future energy self-sufficient North American economy might look like. This should cause Canada to worry about moving from leader to laggard economically.

Helping Or Hurting Canada?

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - President Barack Obama's push to make the United States "a magnet" for manufacturing jobs won't end up bleeding jobs away from Canada, the U....

How the Looming Apocalypse Has Taught Us to Prepare

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalia Yanchak

Two words: Apocalypse Preparedness. It's on the minds of the citizens of the Western World and is stimulating this Leftist-Libertarianism. Simply put, when the world goes to shit and it's every person for themselves, those with a cold-storage full of preserves and an equipped workshop that can repair radios and shotguns will be more likely to survive.

Canadian Manufacturing Shrinks Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 1.4 per cent in October to $48.8 billion, reflecting drops in aerospace products and part...

The Man Coming Up With Sunny Solutions

David Dodge | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to solar panel manufacturing the laws of supply and demand may as well be Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Just ask the former president of one of the largest solar photo-voltaic module manufacturers in Canada. He's an affable, friendly guy who got started in the solar industry 24 years ago.

Rachel Mendleson

The True Extent Of Canada's Growing Reliance On Raw Materials | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Business

A new report from Bank of Montreal predicts that oil-rich Alberta will lead the country in economic growth this year, yet another confirmation of Cana...

What's Going On With Canadian Manufacturing?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent to $48.3 billion in July, the third decrease in five months.It says declines in ...

Is it Dutch Disease or a Central Canadian Cold?

David Gratzer | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
David Gratzer

On Friday, Mark Carney told us that advocates of the so-called Dutch Disease theory have it wrong. A bit of data is a good thing in a heated debate. Consider Statistics Canada latest (seasonally adjusted) monthly manufacturing sales numbers covering June 2012 sales. And when you do, ask yourself a simple question: does the data support Dutch Disease -- or are we seeing a case of a Central Canadian Cold?

Canada's Manufacturing Sales Down Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.4 per cent to $48.7 billion in May, the fourth decrease in five months.A 9.6 per cent ...

Rachel Mendleson

Poor Earnings, Mental Illness Stalk Canada’s Laid-Off Auto Workers | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada Business

Canada’s labour market may be bouncing back, but many of the auto workers who used to power southwestern Ontario’s manufacturing sector continue t...

Rachel Mendleson

Canada's Car Factories Are Back, Minus The Jobs | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 06.15.2012 | Canada Business

Canada’s battered auto and transportation sector is bouncing back to life, but jobs in the sector aren't, new data suggests. In a note to investo...

Manufacturing Sales Drop Again

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Production at Canada's factories fell for the third time in four months in April in yet another signal the global slowdown is starting to hit...

Flaherty To Mulcair: You Don't Understand Canada's Economy

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has it wrong when it comes to the oilsands, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Friday.Mulcair told a CBC radio pro...

Canada's Up-And-Down Manufacturing Sector Down Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.3 per cent to $49.1 billion in February, following a decrease in January.The agency say...

Economic Growth Slows: StatsCan

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's economy started off the year on positive, if tentative, footing in January, registering a modest 0.1 per cent gross domestic product...