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Canadian Fashion Statistics

Job opportunities in fashion


Fashion industry market value: 43.6 billion Canadian dollars

National data (2016)

Population: 36.5 million
Population growth rate: 1.1%
Labor force: 19.4 million
Unemployment rate: 7.1%
GDP per capita (PPS): 58,450 Canadian dollars

Domestic market value of the clothing and footwear industry: 43.6 billion Canadian dollars
Retail value of apparel and fashion accessories: 28 billion Canadian dollars
Employment in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods manufacturing: 44,500

Employment

In total, 44,500 people are employed in production and administration of manufacturing fashion goods.
Number of people employed in clothing manufacturing: 22,000
Number of people employed in footwear and leather goods manufacturing: 4,000
Number of people employed in textile manufacturing: 18,500

Around 80 percent, 34,500 employees, of these workers is employed in production. The other 10,000 is working in administration of at manufacturers of fashion goods.

Consumer expenditure

Annual expenditure of clothing and footwear: 43.6 billion Canadian dollars

Fashion Companies

Canada has 25,000 retail and wholesale fashion companies in total, of which 24,00 are retailers of fashion and fashion accessories. The total annual turnover of fashion retailers is 28 billion Canadian dollars.

  • Turnover of retail of clothing is 22 billion Canadian dollars
  • Turnover of retail of footwear is 3 billion Canadian dollars
  • Turnover of retail of jewellery, luggage and leather goods also makes up for 3 billion Canadian dollars

The two largest fashion companies of Canada are listed in the following table.

Gildan Activewear 4.8 billion CAD 3.5 billion CAD stock listed company
Hudson’s Bay 3.1 billion CAD 11 billion CAD stock listed company

Imports & Exports

Total exports of clothing, footwear and textiles: 3. billion Canadian dollars

Exports of textiles and clothing: 3.5 billion Canadian dollars

Largest exports among these products:
Synthetic Filament Yarn: 400 million Canadian dollars
Textiles impregnated with plastics: 260 million Canadian dollars
Used clothes and textiles: 227 million Canadian dollars
Men’s suits, non knit: 206 million Canadian dollars

Exports of footwear and headwear: 177.5 million USD

Largest exports among these products:
Footwear, with leather body: 33 million Canadian dollars
Hats, knitted or crocheted: 33 million Canadian dollars
Waterproof footwear: 31.5 million Canadian dollars
Other headgear: 23 million Canadian dollars
Parts of footwear: 20 million Canadian dollars

Total imports of clothing, footwear and textiles: 21.1 billion Canadian dollars

Imports of textiles and clothing: 17.4 billion Canadian dollars

Largest imports among these products:
Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 1.7 billion Canadian dollars
Women’s suits, non knit: 1.4 billion Canadian dollars
Men’s suits, non knit: 1.1 billion Canadian dollars
T-shirts: 890 million Canadian dollars
Women’s suits: 827 million Canadian dollars

Imports of footwear and headwear: 3.7 billion Canadian dollars

Largest imports among these products:
Footwear, with leather body: 1.6 billion Canadian dollars
Other footwear of rubber and plastics: 702 million Canadian dollars
Footwear, with textile body: 590 million Canadian dollars

Sources:

Import and export data: OEC https://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/
Largest companies Info: FashionUnited top 100 https://fashionunited.com/i/top100
Population and Labour Data : World Bank https://data.worldbank.org/ www.wto.org