Employees in manufacturing

The largest employer in manufacturing is the food and beverage industry

  • About 259,500 employees, or 15% of all manufacturing workers—more than in any other part of manufacturing—were in the food, beverage and tobacco industry in 2007. Transportation equipment factories had the second-largest number of workers in manufacturing. Nearly two-thirds of transportation equipment employees (some 143,200 of 217,300 employees in 2007) were in Ontario, and 45,500 were in Quebec.

  • However, the manufacturing sector has suffered employment declines in recent years, losing 211,500 jobs from 2001 to 2007. The textile mills, clothing and leather industry was particularly hard hit, accounting for 32.4% of total job losses in manufacturing.

  • Employment in non-metallic mineral product manufacturing and miscellaneous manufacturing remained almost unchanged since 2001, while there was a modest increase in the number of jobs in machinery manufacturing (3.6%). However, the three industries had only 14.3% of all manufacturing jobs in 2007.

Chart E.5
Employees in manufacturing, 2007

Chart E.5 Employees in manufacturing, 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours, CANSIM table 281-0024.

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