While some blame Canada’s manufacturing decline on the so-called Dutch disease, others point out that manufacturing has dropped all over the world, not just in Canada. But whatever the reason, the end result isn’t disputed: our manufacturing sector is not what it used to be. And the oilsands are booming.
But just how extreme has this shift been? Take a look below.
The visualizations were generated by a fantastic interactive tool built by the Center for International Development at Harvard University in conjunction with MIT Media Lab and the Economic Complexity Observatory.
I took snapshots from 1995 (the earliest year available) and 2010 (the latest) and edited the graphics to highlight the industries in question: transportation manufacturing (light blue) and oil and gas (dark brown).
Canada’s exports in 1995
Canada’s exports in 2010