History of Ontario Manufacturing

The Rise of Big Data and Industry 4.0

November 9, 2017

In recent years, Ontario’s manufacturing economy has entered what many are calling “Industry 4.0”—a reference to the fourth industrial revolution beyond the simple automation of the 1950s and 1960s…

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2007 Decline

October 31, 2017

The period from 1990 to 2005 was overall moderately promising for manufacturing in Canada and Ontario. Other than two brief dips in 2001 and 2003, manufacturing sales in Ontario rose each year from 1994 until 2006. Similarly, employment in Ontario’s manufacturing industry experienced solid growth during the same period, except for the period from 2001 […]

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October 24, 2017

As discussed in earlier posts, Canada and the United States have a long history of trade agreements, going back to before Canada was a unified country. In 1854, the Reciprocity Agreement between all of British North America and the United States was put into place. This agreement greatly reduced tariffs for many types of raw […]

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The Early Days of Computers and Automation

October 23, 2017

The introduction of modern computers and automated robots changed global manufacturing almost as much as the spread of factories and machining had during the Industrial Revolution…

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Part 13: Space Race

September 21, 2017

Ontario was at the forefront of the space and satellite industry during the era of the “Space Race”—the Cold War-era competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in terms of space technologies and advancement. The Alouette I, launched in 1962, was Canada’s first satellite in orbit…

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Part 12: Aerospace

September 20, 2017

As discussed in earlier blog posts, the Canadian aerospace industry was growing as early as the First World War. Ontario continued to successfully design and manufacture aerospace products. Avro Canada was founded on the eve of World War II in Malton (which is part of Mississauga today) as a subsidiary of British aircraft company Avro….

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