Trends in manufacturing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions

Release date: August 19, 2022
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Description: Trends in manufacturing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions

Following the largest decline in almost a decade in 2020 because of the pandemic, manufacturing sales have reached their highest level on record in 2022.

From January 2020 to June 2022, the value of manufacturing sales rose 27.8%, while, the volume of goods sold rose 0.1%.

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Date (appearing as row headers), Current dollar sales and Constant dollar sales (appearing as column headers).
Date Current dollar salesNote 1 Constant dollar salesNote 2
Jun-19 57,743,623,621.00 52,956,098,000.00
Jul-19 57,204,408,183.00 52,683,718,000.00
Aug-19 57,849,235,539.00 53,170,965,000.00
Sep-19 57,741,748,757.00 52,986,378,000.00
Oct-19 57,394,519,918.00 52,734,054,000.00
Nov-19 57,032,603,206.00 52,279,522,000.00
Dec-19 57,035,775,759.00 52,278,710,000.00
Jan-20 56,206,668,236.00 51,747,856,000.00
Feb-20 56,520,567,346.00 52,174,778,000.00
Mar-20 49,758,131,409.00 46,677,682,000.00
Apr-20 36,234,455,054.00 35,240,935,000.00
May-20 40,871,821,988.00 39,423,700,000.00
Jun-20 49,530,301,396.00 46,728,957,000.00
Jul-20 53,271,965,191.00 49,797,625,000.00
Aug-20 52,693,426,105.00 48,995,165,000.00
Sep-20 54,095,827,172.00 49,918,371,000.00
Oct-20 54,570,506,625.00 50,299,633,000.00
Nov-20 54,149,878,165.00 49,934,728,000.00
Dec-20 55,071,480,115.00 50,025,074,000.00
Jan-21 57,076,698,500.00 50,733,285,000.00
Feb-21 56,377,558,302.00 48,937,220,000.00
Mar-21 59,139,899,414.00 50,802,651,000.00
Apr-21 58,235,807,798.00 48,835,959,000.00
May-21 58,641,155,758.00 48,183,838,000.00
Jun-21 60,466,322,117.00 49,449,821,000.00
Jul-21 60,142,191,069.00 48,876,253,000.00
Aug-21 60,770,311,428.00 49,364,619,000.00
Sep-21 59,454,740,506.00 47,654,740,000.00
Oct-21 62,262,650,251.47 49,359,140,000.00
Nov-21 64,143,736,740.25 50,774,240,000.00
Dec-21 64,948,736,713.66 51,416,017,000.00
Jan-22 65,252,176,636.68 50,248,758,000.00
Feb-22 68,875,163,932.04 51,994,294,000.00
Mar-22 71,374,900,462.67 52,622,098,000.00
Apr-22 73,213,997,940.25 53,370,322,000.00
May-22 72,415,597,131.64 51,776,166,000.00
Jun-22 71,826,078,524.70 51,804,735,000.00

Mainly because of a shortage of microchips, sales of new motor vehicles decreased 29.0% while the number of new motor vehicles manufactured declined 36.7% between the first six month of 2019 and the first six months of 2022.

Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Total sales (in millions) and Total vehicles made (appearing as column headers).
Total sales (in millions) Total vehicles made
2019 first six months 29,644,087 986,202
2020 first six months 16,523,180 545,502
2021 first six months 16,988,799 567,759
2022 first six months 21,045,939 624,701

The total number of manufacturers that faced raw material shortages has almost tripled since the onset of the pandemic, while those with insufficient labour have increased by more than half.

Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3 Number of plants impacted (appearing as column headers).
Number of plants impacted
Lack of raw materials Insufficient labour
2019 first six months 858 1,482
2022 first six months 2,360 2,350

Percentage of manufacturing plants impacted by unpredicted events

The pandemic-related restrictions affected 85.2% of firms in 2020

Flooding in B.C. affected 28.1% in 2021

Protests against health measures affected 17.7% in 2022.

The Industrial Price IndexNote 3 increased 31.4% between January 2020 and June 2022, and growth was notable across many manufacturing industries.

Table 4
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4 percentage (appearing as column headers).
Manufacturing 31.4%
Food manufacturing 23.7%
Wood product manufacturing 52.3%
Petroleum and coal product manufacturing 95.1%
Chemical manufacturing 36.5%
Primary metal manufacturing 50.3%


“Current dollars” are what we usually mean when we refer to a currency in the current time period. The term “constant dollars” refers to dollars of several years expressed in terms of their value (“purchasing power”) in a single year, called the base year. This type of adjustment is done to eliminate the impact of widespread price changes.

Current dollars are converted to constant dollars using an index of price movements. The most widely used index for household or family incomes, provided that no specific uses of the income are identified, is the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which reflects average spending patterns by consumers in Canada.

Source: Statistics Canada. Monthly Survey of Manufacturing.

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