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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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May 14, 2020


"Over three-quarters (78.3%) of establishments in the manufacturing sector reported that their activities were impacted by COVID-19. 

  • Furniture and related product (91.2%), miscellaneous (88.9%) and transportation equipment (88.3%) industries reported supply issues, with some shutting down several plants in response to lower global demand or in response to physical distancing requirements.
  • Over four-fifths (86.8%) of firms in the printing and related support activities industry reported that COVID-19 had affected their activities, as they lost clients in the wake of the closure of restaurants, schools and sporting events.
  • Paper (62.8%) and food (61.8%) manufacturers reported that COVID-19 had affected their activities. For both industries, higher consumer demand boosted overall sales in these industries during the month of March."

Statistics Canada

In Nova Scotia March 2020, seasonally adjusted Manufacturing Shipments increased 2.9% to $744.5 million over February 2020 and decreased 0.4% over March 2019. Non-durable goods shipments were $499.1 million in March 2020 while durable goods shipments were $245.5 million.

In  Canada March 2020, seasonally adjusted Manufacturing Shipments decreased 9.2% to $50.8 billion  over February 2020 and decreased 12.7% over March 2019. Compared to February 2020, overall sales decreased in 17 of 21 industries representing  71.3% of all manufacturing sectors. Durable goods decreased 13.1% to $25.3 billion over Feb 2020 and decreased 18.4% over March 2019. Non-durable goods decreased  4.9% to $25.5 billion  over Feb 2020 and decreased 6.2% over March 2019.

Canada's inventory to sales ratio increased to 1.72 in March 2020. Unfilled orders decreased  -0.4% to $96.8 billion. mainly attributable to lower unfilled orders in transportation and machinery industries. Declines were partially offset by higher unfilled orders in Fabricated metal products and Chemical industries.  New orders decreased  -11.3% to $50.4 billion over February 2020, areflecting lower new orders in Transportation equipment; and Petrolum and coal product industries.


On a seasonally adjusted, month-over-month basis, Nova Scotia shipments increased 2.9%. In Canada shipments decreased 9.2%.  Manufacturing sales increased in 2 provinces in March 2020 over February 2020. Manitoba had the largest growth at 8.2%. New Brunswick shipment  growth decreased 24.0%. 

On a seasonally adjusted year-over-year basis, Nova Scotia shipments decreased 0.4%. In Canada shipments decreased 12.7%.  Manufacturing sales increased in 2 provinces in March 2020 over March 2019. Prince Edward Island had the largest growth at 9.8%. Newfoundland and Labrador shipment growth decreased 30.6%. 



Nova Scotia manufacturing shipments have been on an upward  trend since the beginning of 2014 with  rising durable  (i.e. wood products, metal products, machinery, transportation equipment) and  rising non-durable (i.e. food, plastic and rubber) shipments.  In recent months, shipments have declined as the Northern Pulp mill ceased production.

Unadjusted Year-over-year (Mar 2020 vs Mar 2019), Manufacturing Shipments decreased 1.3% ($9.7 million).

  • Non-durable goods shipments, accounting for 65% of Manufacturing Shipments , decreased 2.9% ($13.8 million).
  • Plastics & rubber products  with a 24% share of manufacturing shipments decreased 8.4% ($15.5 million).
  • Other non-durables with a 42% share of manufacturing shipments increased 0.6% ($1.7 million).
  • Durable goods industries with a 35% share of manufacturing shipments increased 1.7% ($4.1 million).
  • Wood product manufacturing  with a 4% share of manufacturing shipments increased 1.1% ($0.3 million).
  • Fabricated metal product with a 4% share of manufacturing shipments decreased 4.6% ($1.3 million).
  • Machinery manufacturing with a 3%  share of manufacturing shipmentsdecreased 0.4% ($0.1 million).
  • Other durables with a 24% share of manufacturing shipments increased 3.2% ($5.1 million).





In Halifax, unadjusted manufacturing shipments for March 2020 8.2% over March 2019. Non-durable shipments have increased 14.2% over March 2019. Durable shipments have increased 4.7% over March 2006.


In the rest of Nova Scotia, unadjusted manufacturing shipments have declined 5.1% over March 2019. Non-durable shipments declined 6.0% over March 2019.  Durable shipments have declined 1.8% over March 2019.



Statistics Canada Monthly survey of Manufacturing

Statistics Canada.  Table  16-10-0047-01   Manufacturers' sales, inventories, orders and inventory to sales ratios, by industry (dollars unless otherwise noted)

Statistics Canada.  Table  16-10-0048-01   Manufacturing sales by industry and province, monthly (dollars unless otherwise noted) (x 1,000)

Statistics Canada.  Table 16-10-0011-01    Manufacturing sales, by industry for 12 Selected Census Metropolitan Areas (x 1,000)



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