Manufacturing sales declined in 8 provinces in June, led by New Brunswick, Quebec, and Alberta. Meanwhile, Manitoba and Ontario posted increases, according to Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Manufacturing.
In Ontario, the heart of the country’s manufacturing, sales increased 0.5% to $30.8 billion in June, primarily attributable to higher sales of the motor vehicle industry (+13.1%) and non-metallic minerals (+10.7%). On a quarterly basis, total sales for Ontario were up 5.9% in the second quarter. In Manitoba, sales marked the highest level on record, rising 9.0% to $2.2 billion in June, mainly on higher sales in the chemical (+75.6%) and transportation equipment (+20.8%) product industries.
It was a different story for the rest of Canada.
In New Brunswick, following seven consecutive monthly increases, manufacturing sales fell 9.6% to $2.2 billion in June, primarily on lower sales of non-durables (-10.9%). On a quarterly basis, total sales in New Brunswick were up 9.2% in the second quarter.
In Quebec, sales declined 1.0% to $18.0 billion in June, mainly driven by lower production in the aerospace product and parts industry (-21.4%) and lower sales in the petroleum and coal and beverage and tobacco product industries. Year over year, total sales for Quebec rose 14.3% in June.
Manufacturing sales fall in 8 of 15 major Canadian cities
Looking at manufacturing sales by major metropolitan areas, manufacturing sales fell in 8 of the 15 selected census metropolitan areas in June, led by Windsor and Saskatoon. Sales in Toronto increased the most in June.
Manufacturing sales in Windsor decreased 22.9% to $1.2 billion in June, mainly on lower sales of motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts. The Windsor motor vehicle industry has faced repeated shutdowns due to a global shortage of microchips since 2021. The declines were partially offset by higher sales in the machinery and fabricated metal industries.
In Saskatoon, sales fell 8.5% to $477.0 million in June, following a 2.6% decline in May, mainly driven by lower food sales. The declines in June were partially offset by an increase in sales of computer and electronic products. Year over year, total sales in Saskatoon rose 12.6%.
Sales in Toronto rose 2.8% to $11.8 billion in June, mainly on higher sales of the motor vehicle industry (+27.1%) and to a lesser extent, chemicals (+2.8%). Compared with the same month a year earlier, total sales in Toronto were 20.6% higher.