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Canada’s manufacturing sales rose in 2016, led by cars, food

Canada’s manufacturing sales rose in 2016, led by cars, food

Manufacturing sales rose in 2016 after declining in 2015, Statistics Canada reports. Sales were up 1 per cent to $614.4 billion last year, reaching a record $53.5 billion in December. The highest previous monthly record was $53.1 billion in July of 2008. Ten of the twenty-one industries in the manufacturing sector reported gains in 2016,… Continue Reading

Little agreement on whether it works, but governments press ahead with infrastructure spending

Little agreement on whether it works, but governments press ahead with infrastructure spending

Public infrastructure is one of the few forms of government spending that both liberals and conservatives support, says The Economist in a 2014 article on the subject. Citing a study by the International Monetary Fund, the respected British magazine added that the economic benefits of infrastructure spending, principally growth through higher demand in the short… Continue Reading

Strong manufacturing rebound in February led by energy sector

Strong manufacturing rebound in February led by energy sector

Manufacturers in Canada took orders, bought raw materials and raised production levels in February at the fastest rate in more than two years. The robust and accelerated growth contributed to a sustained recovery in job creation and business confidence in the manufacturing sector, according to the latest IHS Markit report. The Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchasing… Continue Reading

Ontario must develop its cybersecurity industry to remain competitive: report

Ontario must develop its cybersecurity industry to remain competitive: report

A new report on cybersecurity in Canada says that cyber attacks on Canadian companies and organizations are becoming more frequent, rising by about 30 per cent since 2014. Unfortunately, those under attack believe that they are losing the fight, as the attacks become more sophisticated, more severe, more costly, and more frequent. The average reported… Continue Reading

Canada’s prosperity at risk from disruption, lack of skilled workforce: reports

Canada’s prosperity at risk from disruption, lack of skilled workforce: reports

Disruption is a common theme running through two recent reports on prosperity in Canada, one from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the other from the federal government’s top advisor on economic growth. The OCC report observes that business prosperity in Ontario and elsewhere is being challenged by rapid breakthroughs in areas of technology such as… Continue Reading

Canadian companies should look to Mexico for export growth: HSBC Bank Canada

Canadian companies should look to Mexico for export growth: HSBC Bank Canada

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada and HSBC Bank Canada says that three Canadian industries—primary metal manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, and machinery manufacturing—have the innovative products, demand and capacity to take advantage of the Mexican economy, despite Mexico’s having a clear cost advantage. An additional eleven industries are well positioned to grow their… Continue Reading

Manufacturing sales up in November, government scraps duties on imported food ingredients

Manufacturing sales up in November, government scraps duties on imported food ingredients

On the strength of higher sales in primary metal products, petroleum and coal products and chemicals, Canada’s manufacturing sales rose 1.5 per cent in November, to $51.8 billion, reports Statistics Canada. Metal manufacturers reported the largest gain, 9.1 per cent, with makers of iron and steel pipes posting the largest gains in dollars. Petroleum and… Continue Reading

Microsoft acquires Montreal AI firm that creates “curious” machines that think like humans

Microsoft acquires Montreal AI firm that creates “curious” machines that think like humans

Microsoft has acquired a Montreal-based artificial intelligence company whose mission is to create literate machines that can think, reason and communicate like humans. Maluuba, which has been in business for just over five years, is described by Microsoft as having one of the most impressive deep learning research labs for natural language understanding. Microsoft’s aim… Continue Reading

Manufacturing up in December amid uncertainty about future US-Canada relations

Manufacturing up in December amid uncertainty about future US-Canada relations

Business conditions in Canada’s manufacturing sector showed “modest” improvement in December, according to the latest Markit Canada Manufacturing Purchase Managers’ Index (PMI). The December reading of 51.8 was the highest in five months and well above the record-low of 47.5 set one year ago. The improved business conditions reflected growth in new orders, rising production… Continue Reading

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