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Glen Hodgson is senior fellow and Michael Burt is director of industrial and economic trends at the Conference Board of Canada.

Manufacturing is still an important part of Canada’s economy. The sector directly accounts for about 10 per cent of Canadian gross domestic product and half of our exports, making it larger than the energy sector. However, its role in the economy has been steadily shrinking. Manufacturing employs half a million fewer Canadians today than it did in 2000.

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