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The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River between Canada and the U.S. Canada’s labour productivity rate (as measured by nominal GDP per hour worked) is a gaping 27 per cent lower than that of the United States, according to the OECD.
The Ambassador Bridge spans the Detroit River between Canada and the U.S. Canada’s labour productivity rate (as measured by nominal GDP per hour worked) is a gaping 27 per cent lower than that of the United States, according to the OECD.
(Mark Spowart/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada’s productivity gap: We're not lazy, just small

In talking about Canada’s persistent and frustrating productivity gap with our U.S. neighbour, there’s a tendency to imply that it’s somehow a product of poor behaviour – we’re inefficient, we’re lazy, we’re not entrepreneurial, we don’t invest and innovate enough. But much of the problem may boil down to the simple, unavoidable fact that we’re smaller – not simply in terms of national heft, but, more importantly, at the individual-company level.