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The Restructuring of Canada's Automotive Industry, 2005–2014

Document type Article
Author Mordue, Greigory D.
Author Sweeney, Brendan A.
Journal Canadian Public Policy
Volume 43
Date 2017 01
ISSN 0317-0861, 1911-9917
Pages S1-S15


The Canadian automotive industry underwent substantial restructuring between 2005 and 2014. This article draws on establishment-level data to examine these changes as they relate to both automotive assembly and automotive parts manufacturing. It also elucidates the limitations of using official government statistics to study the automotive industry. In addition to analyzing changes to the structure and composition of the industry, our data demonstrate that the industry employs far more people than are reported in official government statistics. We conclude that improvements to data collection methods are important for policy-makers to develop effective supports for the automotive industry.