Machinery and Equipment

Canada’s skilled workforce and specialization in advanced materials, hybrid technologies, and intelligent systems, machinery and plant design continues to attract foreign investors.

“ Here we have access to a highly skilled workforce and are close to many of our major clients and partners. Establishing a plant [in Canada] is a strategic decision that we have never regretted, and which we continue to support through new investment and innovation. ”

Colin Folco, General Manager, Dieffenbacher North America 

Canada’s expertise in machinery and equipment is fuelled by robust education and R&D infrastructure, ready access to major international markets and strong demand from domestic industries such as agriculture, minerals, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, chemicals and plastics.

  • With nearly 8,700 companies and a direct-production labour force of more than 113,000 people, the industry generated sales of $44.8 billion in 2011. Canada exported more than $21.5 billion worth of machinery-manufacturing equipment in 2010, more than the US on a per-capita basis.
  • Canada is the first country in the G-20 to create a tariff-free zone for industrial manufacturers; tariffs on all manufacturing inputs will be eliminated by 2015.
  • In 2010, Canada’s machinery and equipment manufacturing sector attracted $5.8 billion worth of international investment, 75 percent more than in 2005.
  • Between 2003 and 2011, more than 50 foreign companies established greenfield operations in machinery, metals, and engines and turbines in Canada. The country is renowned as a global leader in many of these industries.
  • Machinery-manufacturing revenues are forecast to increase by almost 30 percent by 2015. In 2010, the value-added of machinery manufacturing grew by 9.4 percent.