Canada’s manufacturing industry typically conjures images of machinery, steel, cars and technology.
These sectors are vital not just because their health is critical to the country’s economy, but because they have come to define what Canada is, and what it brings to the world.
But the country’s largest manufacturing sector is no longer one that produces auto parts or high-tech gadgets like BlackBerrys.
It’s food. The sector is the country’s largest manufacturing industry by sales, the most recent statistics show. Sales set a record last year, topping $80-billion – more than textiles, paper, machinery and aerospace combined. Also last year, it quietly passed transportation equipment to become the industry’s top employer. Solid demand in Canada and abroad is helping the resilience, and so is the sector’s adaptability to change.