Economy

Infographic: Canada's extreme shift from manufacturing to oil, visualized

A lot can change in 15 years.

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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

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Canada’s exports in 2010

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