Chemicals and Plastics

Canada’s growing chemicals and plastics sector is supported by secure access, low priced raw material and infrastructure. Chemicals and plastic production is among the world’s top for manufacturing; in Canada it is valued at more than $73 billionFootnote 1 with exports totaling near $40 billion in 2013.Footnote 2 It is poised for continued growth – Canada’s chemical sector alone is forecast to increase by 27% by 2020.

“ Canada’s access to competitively priced raw materials makes it a very attractive place to invest. NOVA Chemicals’ Canadian operations will be converting natural gas liquids from shale gas and oil development and oil sands upgrading off-gases into high-value petrochemicals, and we are evaluating even larger Canadian investments for the future ”

Grant Thomson, Senior Vice President and President Olefins and Feedstock NOVA Chemicals

  • With some of the world’s largest supplies of, and lowest costs for, feedstock and electricity, as well as quality skilled labour, world class research institutions, and easy access to nearby markets, global companies choose Canada for chemicals and plastics.
  • Canada has a strong, growing domestic market, but chemicals and plastics producers are also located within hours trucking distance of more than 190 million consumers – over 55% of North America’s population-based market.
  • Canada’s transportation infrastructure and border system are among the world’s best, facilitating movement of products and raw materials therefore reducing delays in getting a product to market.

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Footnote 1

Statistics Canada. Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging, Total Manufacturing Output and Revenues, NAICS 325 (Chemical manufacturing including pharmaceuticals) and NAICS 3261 (Plastic product manufacturing) (2011).

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Footnote 2

Industry Canada. Trade Data Online, Trade by Industry, NAICS 325 and NAICS 3261 (2013).

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