Photostory #516: Made in Canada

John Ough
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
March 1, 1971
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive
Main Text
In progress Photostory 1/5 : Backing Canada's favorable position among the top ten heavyweight trading nations of the modern world is a $45,500,000,000 manufacturing industry employing close to two million Canadians. Their output of fabricated and finished products - ranging from cowboy shirts (a big seller in Japan) to ponderous, tracked land-ships (destined for Russia) - make up about three quarters of Canada's total exports of $16,500,000,000. _x000B__x000B_In the last 10 years the value of manufactured exports has soared, earning the nation $12,500,000,000 in 1970 - an increase of 125 per cent since 1960. _x000B__x000B_Catalogue No. 65-004 for 1970, published by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics tells the story of Canadian manufactured exports. _x000B__x000B_235,264 snowmobiles went to 23 different countries (including Surinam and Indonesia) for a value of $160 million. _x000B__x000B_Television sets, radios, record players and combinations earned Canada $32 million on the export market; furniture: $32 million; razors and blades: $2 million, outdoor jackets, $5 million; overcoats $16 million; perfumes and cosmetics $1,600,000; hockey sticks and ice skates, $12 million; newspapers, magazines and periodicals, $10 million; books and pamphlets $7 million; printed matter (not elsewhere specified) $10 million; turbine engines, $42 million; rock drilling machinery (a real Canadian specialty) $17 million; chain saws, $5.5 million (doubled by chain saw parts, $12 million); automobiles, trucks, trailers and parts, $3,400 million; aircraft, engines and parts, $379 million; tires and tubes, $20 million; telephone equipment $66 million; military weapons $60 million; electricity (to the United States) $34 million; and whisky $183 million. _x000B__x000B_Heavy equipment, ornaments, underwear, machinery and thousands of other items in daily use around today's busy world carry the tag Made in Canada - in ever-increasing variety and quantity.