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Manufacturing and Materials Sector

The Toronto region is located in one of North America's manufacturing heartlands. As of the 2006 Census of Canada, there were 296,560 people employed in the Manufacturing and Materials sector in the Toronto region (See table below, Employment in the Manufacturing and Materials Sector, 2006). Dominated by small and medium size enterprises, the Manufacturing and Materials sector accounts for 9% of Toronto's total GDP.

Employment in the Manufacturing and Materials Sector, 2006
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In 2010, the Government of Canada announced the elimination of over 1,500 tariffs on manufacturing
inputs and machinery and equipment. This will make Canada the first country in the G20 to become
a tariff-free zone for manufacturers. The majority of these items have already become duty free, with the remainder scheduled to be eliminated by 2015. These unilateral moves by the government raise the competitiveness of Canadian companies around the world.

Manufacturing and Materials Sub-Sector Facts
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Current Economic Conditions in Canada for Manufacturers and Exporters
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Support Infrastructure

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Table provides key economic variables that affect the manufacturing decisions of any business. Variables include the interest rate, rate of inflation ,and the value of the Canadian dollar.
A breakdown of employment in the Manufacturing and Materials sector by sub-sector.
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