The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

The Ambassador Bridge spanning the Detroit River between Ontario and Michigan sees a heavy flow of goods between the two countries. In the 15 years following the 1988 Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement (and the subsequent North American free-trade agreement in 1994), Canada’s exposure to the U.S. market grew from 73 per cent of its total exports to nearly 85 per cent.
The Ambassador Bridge spanning the Detroit River between Ontario and Michigan sees a heavy flow of goods between the two countries. In the 15 years following the 1988 Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement (and the subsequent North American free-trade agreement in 1994), Canada’s exposure to the U.S. market grew from 73 per cent of its total exports to nearly 85 per cent.
(Mark Spowart/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada’s diversifying export base a step in right direction

The usual tale surrounding Canada’s manufacturing exporters is one of cutthroat global competition, closing factories and disappearing jobs. But a new Statistics Canada report shows that this is only one side of the story – the one tied to our biggest trading partner, the United States. Canadian manufacturers are doing just fine in the rest of the world, thank you very much.