Economic Importance

Employment

  • The Canadian plastics industry employs about 76,530 people. Source: Statistics Canada                    
  • It is the 5th largest manufacturing employer in Canada (at the four-digit NAICS code level). Source: Statistics Canada, Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging   

Wages and Salaries  

  • The industry pays about $4.1 billion a year in wages and salaries. Source: Statistics Canada, Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging  

    Wages & Salaries  ($billions)

    2000

    2009 

    $4.4

    $4.1  

Average Annual Salaries  

  • The average annual salary per employee is $45,242. Source: Statistics Canada, Annual Survey of Manufactures and Logging   

    Average Annual Salaries

    2000

    2009 

    $36,876

    $45,242   

Number of Firms  

  • There are about 2422 firms engaged in plastic products in Canada. Source: Statistics Canada  
  • The industry is clustered in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. Source: Statistics Canada  

Manufacturing Revenues    

  • The industry’s manufacturing revenues total about $26.3 billion. Source: Statistics Canada   

GDP

  • GDP in the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector decreased from $9.2 billion in 2001 to $7.6 billion in 2010. The decrease in GDP reported between 2001 and 2010 represented a compound annual rate of 1.9%. Between 2009 and 2010, the total value-added of the Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing subsector increased by 8.7%. Source: Industry Canada, Statistics Canada

Trade Balance  

  • Plastics industry exports totalled $13.8 billion in 2010. Source: Statistics Canada  
  • While Canada continues to have a healthy trade surplus in plastic products with the U.S. ($1.1 billion in 2010), this has been offset in recent years by increasing imports from Pacific Rim countries such as China, Japan and Indonesia. Source: Industry Canada
  • Plastics companies paid a total of almost $300 million in income tax in 2008. Source: Industry Canada.   

Major Markets

  • Pastics products are used by virtually every end-use segment of the economy.   In the broadest sense, there are 3 major sub-sectors of the plastics industry: packaging, building materials, and transportation/automotive.

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