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The future of Quebec’s manufacturing industry — “Working together for a better future”

Deloitte presents a series of manufacturing roadshows and ways to benefit from the reindustrialization of North America

With America’s reindustrialization and Quebec’s new policy, the manufacturing sector in Quebec could increase its competitiveness. Learn more.

Montreal, May 29, 2013 – At a time when Quebec manufacturers are showing greater resilience and facing changes with better-than-expected flexibility, the industry is standing at a crossroads. With the return of manufacturing investment to North America as part of the reindustrialization of America and with the development of the Government of Quebec’s brand new industrial policy, there are promising opportunities for the future competitiveness and sustainability of Quebec’s manufacturing sector.

After the success of its first manufacturing roadshow, in which Deloitte presented an industry profile and proposed thirty-some solutions to re-energize the sector, Deloitte now wants to shed new light on the most recent opportunities:

  • How to benefit from the reindustrialization of North America?
  • What will be the opportunities for Quebec?
  • How can the government’s industrial policy be a game-changer?

“This manufacturing roadshow will focus on development opportunities in Quebec’s manufacturing sector and showcase the province’s industrial leaders that are major international players,” said Louis J. Duhamel, Consulting partner and Deloitte’s Corporate strategy leader in Quebec. “Quebec is about to become the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt an industrial policy and it is crucial for Quebec manufacturers to mobilize and move quickly to revive this vital sector of the province’s economy.”

New jobs require a strong network of suppliers
The future of Quebec’s manufacturing industry hinges on a number of issues: in recent years, manufacturers have faced major challenges with regards to access to capital, markets and talent. Also, the rising value of the Canadian dollar is a significant hurdle for exporters. However, rising Chinese wages and transportation costs, among other factors, have compelled companies to relocate some of their plants to the United States and Canada.

Major U.S. corporations have recently reshored certain production capacities, leading to the net creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs since 2010 in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Those corporations will require a strong network of suppliers, which is where Quebc manufacturers could be called on to contribute.

Re-launching the manufacturing sector
The current Quebec government has announced a new industrial policy for the province, which could provide the support needed to relaunch its manufacturing sector. The industrial policy might become one of the most important development opportunities for the province since the North American Free Trade Agreement with a number of focus areas, including the following:

  • Productivity
  • Innovation
  • Market diversification
  • Enterprise growth
  • Labour shortage
  • Environmental debt
  • Private investments.

Manufacturing is essential to the economy through its indirect impact on the entire value chain. For every ten jobs created in the manufacturing sector, six others are generated in other sectors. According to Deloitte, manufacturing creates more wealth than any other economic sector. That is why Deloitte is inviting all stakeholders to participate in its Quebec-wide roadshow on the future of the manufacturing sector. After all, we are all manufacturers.

To obtain the full study (French only), please contact Charles-Étienne Daoust.

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte operates in Quebec as Deloitte s.e.n.c.r.l., a Quebec limited liability partnership.

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

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Vital Adam
Deloitte Canada
Senior Manager, Public Relations

Sarah Moreau
Hill+Knowlton Stratégies Canada
514 395-0375 ext. 234 / 1 514 219-2764

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