In September, manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan increased from the previous year by 8.2 per cent, totalling $1.24 billion. This is the highest rate of manufacturing growth among the provinces, and more than five times the national average. Saskatchewan manufacturing sales, on a month-to-month basis, increased one per cent, which was the third best among the provinces.
“Manufacturing is one of the mainstays of the Saskatchewan economy and the impressive year-over-year growth is good news,” said Jeremy Harrison, minister of the economy. “Our provincial manufacturers are innovative, competitive-minded and are meeting the needs of global markets with made-in-Saskatchewan solutions.”
Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector employs about 26,000 people, and posted $14.1 billion in total sales, in 2015. Sectors that saw significant growth on a year-over-year, seasonally unadjusted basis include food manufacturing, with an increase of 34.4 per cent, machinery manufacturing, with an increase of 16.8 per cent and wood products, with an increase of 31 per cent growth.