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Vehicles on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. of Canada’s Oakville, Ont., assembly plant.
Vehicles on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co. of Canada’s Oakville, Ont., assembly plant.
(FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

ANDREW JACKSON

The dismal state of Canadian manufacturing

It is hardly news, but the scale of the manufacturing crisis in Canada continues to astound.

Between 2002 and 2013, manufacturing employment fell by 557,000 jobs, meaning that one in four (24 per cent) of the jobs that existed in 2002 have disappeared. As a share of all jobs, manufacturing fell to 9.8 per cent from 15.0 per cent over this period.