Manufacturing 2025 Action Plan
There are three primary ways to generate new wealth in an economy: You can grow it, you can extract it, or you can manufacture it. For decades, Saskatchewan has been synonymous with the first two: An agricultural frontier, rich with both fertile ground and an abundance of natural resources, from potash to diamonds to uranium.
As commodities cycle, however, and other jurisdictions move aggressively towards value-added diversification, the third leg of Saskatchewan’s economic foundation — manufacturing — is growing rapidly in prominence, as a core driver of prosperity, job creation and investment.
In 2014 alone, Saskatchewan manufacturers generated more than $16.4 billion in sales and an estimated $57.5 billion in total economic activity — the third consecutive record year for output in the province. In fact, since the year 2000, sales have soared 131 per cent, compared to only 10.8 per cent nationally, while employees in the sector — as many as mining, oil and gas, and forestry combined — now take home weekly earnings 12.5 per cent higher than the provincial average.
But these are more than just numbers — they tell a story of an industry at the forefront of global competition, innovation, and technological change. The companies within it, however, are also competing with the world’s best; and to succeed, they require a business climate that is equally world-class.
That is why, on behalf of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest and longest?standing trade and industry association, and the 40-plus chief executives and senior leaders comprising the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council, I am very proud to table the Manufacturing 2025 Action Plan — a comprehensive strategy that sets out the roadmap and policy framework necessary to grow manufacturing sales in the province to $25 billion by 2025.
A copy of the report can be downloaded here: http://sk.cme-mec.ca/download.php?file=54v1c2gm1.pdf.
Made-in-Saskatchewan is more than just a brand; it is a promise — a promise of strong communities, a promise of investment and employment, and a promise of new opportunity.
We all must do our part; and, together, we can manufacture Saskatchewan’s future.
Chairman, Brandt Group of Companies
Chair, Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council
A special thank you to our Manufacturing 2025 partners: