History of Ontario Manufacturing

Part 5: Confederation and Early Auto Industry

August 21, 2017

After Confederation in 1867, Canada’s national economic policy and the Industrial Revolution resulted in manufacturing becoming Ontario’s most important industry. A group of businessmen formed the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association in 1871 in an attempt “to promote Canadian industries and to further the interests of Canadian manufacturers and exporters.”…

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Part 4: The Textile and Ship-Building Industries

August 18, 2017

With innovations came new ways to produce garments and clothing in Canada. The textile and clothing industry emerged in urban centres (unlike the brewery and milling industries, which mainly grew in more rural environments). Lybster Mill, for example, was founded in 1860 in the Merritton area of St. Catharines and produced cotton…

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Part 3- The Industrial Revolution

August 17, 2017

The Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries caused dramatic changes in Ontario’s economy—along with the economies of Britain, the United States, and Europe. The development of railways and canals in the early 1800s facilitated trade across British North America and with the United States, and the end of Britain’s mercantilist and protectionist policies in the 1840s and 1850s further boosted trade…

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Part 2- The Rise of Ontario’s Timber and Agricultural Industries

August 16, 2017

Early in the 19th century, after America declared independence and Britain had to turn to Canada as a source of timber instead, timber became a major Canadian export. Various wars in Europe further increased demand for timber to be used in naval vessels, and much of this timber came from Ontario.

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The History of Ontario’s Manufacturing Industry: Part 1 – The Fur Trade

August 15, 2017

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, Trillium has decided to author four blog posts pertaining to the history of Ontario’s manufacturing industry, from Confederation up until the present day. To start off we will discuss the economic history and development of Ontario.

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