Canadian manufacturing sales up 1.9 per cent to $55.8 billion in February

Canadian manufacturing sales up 1.9 per cent to $55.8 billion in February
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales grew 1.9 per cent to $55.8 billion in February, boosted by the transportation equipment industry. The increase in factory sales, an indicator of strength in the economy, came after two consecutive monthly decreases. The federal agency says sales were up in 14 of 21 industries, representing 72.2 per cent of the manufacturing sector. Transportation equipment industry sales... Read More

China’s economic growth holds steady amid trade dispute

China’s economic growth holds steady amid trade dispute
BEIJING — China’s economic growth held steady in the quarter ending in March amid a worsening trade dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump, buoyed by strong e-commerce and factory output. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.8 per cent over a year earlier, in line with the quarter ending in December and down slightly from 2017’s full-year expansion of 6.9 per cent, data... Read More

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products to set pattern

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products to set pattern
MONTREAL — Unifor says it has reached a tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products Inc. that, once approved, will serve as a pattern agreement for workers at pulp and paper mills across the Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions. Details of the four-year agreement were not disclosed. The union says they will not be discussed publicly until members have had a chance to... Read More

Rio Tinto Aluminum CEO hopes ‘common sense’ will prevail on trade actions

Rio Tinto Aluminum CEO hopes ‘common sense’ will prevail on trade actions
MONTREAL — The head of Rio Tinto’s aluminum division says he expects “common sense” will prevail regarding Canada’s tariff exemption by the U.S. and a potential trade battle with China. Alf Barrios says he hopes the U.S. administration will not end the steel and aluminum tariff exemption for Canada that is set to expire April 30 and ultimately maintain North America’s integrated industry and supply... Read More

Softwood lumber exports to U.S. fall 20% in March amid railway woes

Softwood lumber exports to U.S. fall 20% in March amid railway woes
OTTAWA — The federal government says softwood lumber shipments from British Columbia to the United States plunged 20 per cent in March from a year ago amid railway transportation problems. Global Affairs Canada says the country’s largest lumber-producing province exported 514.4 million board feet to the United States last month, down from 614.7 million board feet a year ago. First-quarter... Read More

Ontario limits use of New York iron to push back against Buy American law

Ontario limits use of New York iron to push back against Buy American law
TORONTO — The Ontario government is pushing back against New York State’s Buy American law by limiting public sector procurement with suppliers in that state. A new regulation that took effect Sunday restricts government contracts with New York State suppliers, specifically when it comes to the use of structural iron. In a statement Monday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the move is a response to legislation that took effect in New York State... Read More

Canada gives border security extra powers to crack down on cheap steel, aluminum

Canada gives border security extra powers to crack down on cheap steel, aluminum
OTTAWA — The federal government is taking extra steps to crack down on companies that try to ship cheap foreign steel and aluminum through the Canadian market. The Canada Border Services Agency is being granted extra powers to identify businesses that try to dodge import duties and more flexibility to determine whether prices in countries of origin are reliable or... Read More

ADF Group lays off 50 employees temporarily after unsuccessful U.S. bids

ADF Group lays off 50 employees temporarily after unsuccessful U.S. bids
TERREBONE, Que. — ADF Group Inc. says it has temporarily laid off 50 employees at its facilities in Terrebonne, Que., after three unsuccessful bids for major projects in the United States. The company says the clients made their decisions before the announcement by the United States that Canada would be exempted from its tariffs on steel and aluminum. ADF manufactures... Read More

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell more than expected in January

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell more than expected in January
OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturing sales fell by a wider-than-expected one per cent in January, starting off the year on a weak note. Statistics Canada reported manufacturing sales for January totalled $54.9 billion as 14 of the 21 industries moved lower, while overall manufacturing sales in volume terms declined 1.1 per cent. The decline was led by the automotive, aerospace and primary metal industries. Economists... Read More

United States hits Canadian forestry industry with more duties

United States hits Canadian forestry industry with more duties
WASHINGTON — The American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties late Tuesday as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint. The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation found Canadian exporters underpriced uncoated groundwood paper by between 0 and 22.16 per cent. Uncoated groundwood paper includes newsprint, as well as book publishing, printing and writing papers. “President Trump... Read More