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
- 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.
Leading Networks, Research Groups and Support Programs
- Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED)
- Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF)
- Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (ACCA)
- Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
- Export Development Canada (EDC)
- Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
- Centre for Advanced Coatings Technologies, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
- Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design, McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)
- Centre for Applied Research on Polymers and Composites (Montréal, Quebec)
- Composites Innovation Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
- Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario)
- Institute for Polymer Research, University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario)
- Natural Resources Canada’s Canmet MATERIALS (Hamilton, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta)
- Networks of Centres of Excellence, Carbon Management Canada (Calgary, Alberta)
- Networks of Centres of Excellence, Composites Research Network (Vancouver, British Columbia)
- National Research Council Canada Construction (Ottawa, Ontario)
- National Research Council Canada Energy, Mining and Environment (Vancouver, British Columbia)
- Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (Calgary, Alberta)
- 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).
- Footnote 2
Industry Canada. Trade Data Online, Trade by Industry, NAICS 325 and NAICS 3261 (2013).