Canadian Plastics


January 6, 2021  

Record improvement in Canadian business conditions during December, report says

Canadian manufacturers reported an overall improvement in business conditions during December, according to a new report from IHS Markit Canada.

December 21, 2020  

Ontario invests $77 million to help job seekers retrain after COVID-19 layoffs

This funding is being provided through the redesigned Second Career grant program and will help more than 2,750 job seekers with up to $28,000 for tuition, training materials, and living expenses.

December 15, 2020  

Manufacturing sales edged up 0.3% in October, StatCan says

Manufacturing sales grew to $54.1 billion led by the paper, petroleum, and coal industries, and with 2.2% growth for plastic and rubber product manufacturers.

November 30, 2020  

Global auto sales improve modestly again in October, report says

On a year-over-year basis, sales were in positive territory for a second consecutive month since the pandemic struck, Scotiabank’s latest Global Auto Report says.

November 24, 2020  

Two-thirds of Canadian business owners negatively impacted by COVID-19: CIBC poll

But the majority (75%) of business owners remain optimistic they will rebound once the pandemic subsides, the poll also found.

November 17, 2020  

Manufacturing sales up 1.5 per cent in September, StatCan says

As part of this increase, the chemical industry rose 6.7 per cent to $4.5 billion, the agency said.

November 9, 2020  

Canadian government extending funding for innovation assistance program into December

The program an emergency wage subsidy provided to eligible small and medium-sized firms on a priority basis.

November 9, 2020  

Demand from packaging and healthcare segments to help polyolefins market stay afloat amid COVID-19, report says

The global polyolefins market is expected to decline in 2020 due to weaker end-market demand, analytics firm GlobalData says, but there will be strong gains in these other sectors.

October 30, 2020  

CME, Ontario launch online consumer directory of made-in-Ontario products

The guide is designed to make it easier for shoppers to find made-in-Ontario products, while supporting local businesses and manufacturers.

October 30, 2020  

Nearly half of Canadians considering leaving their current job, report says

The annual Hays Salary Guide shows employer optimism is countered by employee isolation, loneliness, and a decline in well-being.

October 29, 2020  

U.S. economy posts record third-quarter GDP rebound

GDP increased by an annualized rate of 33.1 per cent during the third quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department reported, compared to the second quarter’s annualized rate of 31.4 per cent contraction.

October 23, 2020  

U.S. plastics industry reports another year of trade surplus

Mexico and Canada remain the U.S. plastics industry’s largest export markets, the new report from the Plastics Industry Association says.

October 22, 2020  

Both Biden and Trump victories present implications for Canada’s economy, new report says

The report from RSM Canada concludes that no matter the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, Canada’s recovery from wave two of the coronavirus pandemic and its longer-term outlook will be impacted.

October 21, 2020  

What will the 2020 elections mean for U.S. energy?

Ten key issues to watch, according to global energy consultancy group Wood Mackenzie.

October 7, 2020  

Canadian small business owners cautiously optimistic about the future, Scotiabank report says

Forty per cent of small business owners are either “very” or “extremely” optimistic about the future of their business, Scotiabank said.

September 30, 2020  

Plastics industry 8th largest in U.S., new report says

The plastics industry is a key part of the American economy, the report from Plastics Industry Association said, accounting for an estimated $432 billion in shipments and over a million workers in 2019.

September 28, 2020  

Fewer business closures, more openings in June compared with May: StatCan

The trend in June held true in every province and territory except Quebec, which had a two per cent increase in business closures compared with the previous month.

September 18, 2020  

Retail sales rose 0.6% in July, Statistics Canada says

Sales were up in six of 11 subsectors in July with the motor vehicle and parts dealers subsector contributing the most to the increase.

September 8, 2020  

Ontario announces $37 million for training in advanced manufacturing, other industries

The funding will support 86 projects and provide training in high-demand skills to more than 15,000 people.

September 2, 2020  

Ford preparing to cut 1,000 salaried jobs in North America, report says

The job cuts are aimed at improving the automaker’s efficiency and are not related to rising costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the news report from Bloomberg said.