- Advocacy: Manufacturing Industry
- Events: Manufacturing Month, Innovation Awards, Industry Tour
- Projects: Manufacturing Awareness, skill shortage, land use projects
Manufacturing is vital to both the Canadian Economy and the local Surrey Economy. Manufacturing is the most important wealth generating sector of the Canadian Economy, and the largest single business sector, directly representing:
- 1.8 million Canadian Employees, or 10.5 percent of the workforce.
- $1.85 billion paid in weekly average salaries to Canadians, more than any other public or private sector in Canada.
- $166 billion in GDP, 14% of Canada’s total.
- $280 billion in exports, 63% of Canada’s total and more than double natural resources.
- Three quarters of all private sector research and development activity.
- $3.15 in economic spin-off for every $1.00 in manufacturing output.
- 30% of the tax revenues paid by business to all levels of government in Canada.
Canada’s manufacturing industries face unprecedented challenges, not only from the bottom-line pressures of a strong Canadian dollar and high business costs, but from the longer-term impacts of globalization, demographics and rapid technology change.
The Surrey Board of Trade is forming a Manufacturing Industry Team. A group of results focused individuals who are willing to put in the time and effort to gain measurable results in the following areas:
- Workplace development
- Skills shortage
- Transportation issues
- The image of Manufacturing as a desirable career
- Business attraction to Surrey
If you are passionate about manufacturing and are willing to commit some of your time to achieve results, with some work in between meetings, please email Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade firstname.lastname@example.org.