Photostory #390A: Canada's Heavy Equipment Industry Grows with National Development: Ponderous Products For Home and Abroad

Ted Grant
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
May 18, 1965
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
Heavy engineering in Canada is growing. In huge, cavernous shops where the sounds of big metal being worked reverberate with a vital clangor, locomotives, generators, massive bearings, cranes, mechanical shovels, turbines, boilers and other giant products worth $750,000,000 annually are being made for use in Canada and abroad. Major factor behind Canada's surging heavy engineering industry is the tremendous expansion in capital investment in such fields as pulp and paper, iron and steel, construction, chemicals and petro-chemicals, setting fresh demands for industrial machinery. Other incentives for Canada's heavy engineering factories to increase their production capabilities are new needs for large engineered units by modern hydraulic, thermal and thermo-nuclear electric power plants. Driven by these accelerating forces at home, the nation's big engineers are also finding a growing export market (at present about 40 per cent of total output) for their products and special units. First manufactured for developing Canada's own resources, and now selling abroad, an impressive procession of Canadian-made heavy engineering products is making its way along the mainstreams of commerce, providing mighty muscles of steel to power the massive machinery of the modern industrial world.