Priority Sectors

Aerospace

The aerospace sector consists of companies and organizations that manufacture aircraft, aircraft parts, engines, landing gear, systems and integrated subassemblies; provide parts and services related to the maintenance, repair, overhaul, inspection and testing thereof; and provide components, systems and parts for spacecraft and space-based services. Read more...

Agriculture and Processed Foods

The agriculture and agri-food sector encompasses several industries, including livestock, poultry, dairy products, oilseeds, cereals, grains, pulses, special crops, fruits and vegetables, horticulture (edible and ornamental), honey and syrup, the organic subsector, agricultural technologies and equipment, animal genetics, pet food and animal feed, as well as the food-processing industry, including food and beverage manufacturing and bakery products. Read more...

Automotive

The automotive manufacturing sector consists of companies and organizations involved in the development and production of passenger and commercial vehicles, original equipment and aftermarket parts, truck bodies and trailers. Read more...

Chemicals

The chemicals sector comprises businesses primarily engaged in manufacturing chemicals and chemical preparations from organic and inorganic raw materials and in the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products. Read more...

Consumer Products

Consumer products refer to a broad array of manufactured goods, generally goods purchased primarily for personal, family and/or household purposes. These products are typically purchased through consumer retail suppliers (such as retail stores), and through online business-to-consumer and other electronic commerce distributors, home-shopping networks, etc. Read more...

Defence and Security

The Canadian defence and security industries sector includes companies involved in the application of research and development and in the development, production and sustainment of goods, technology and services used in military, paramilitary, first responder or security applications. Read more...

Education

International education contributes to Canadian and global prosperity by increasing the quality of human capital through training and collaboration. Read more...

Financial Services

The sector encompasses banks, trust and loan companies, credit unions and caisses populaires, life and health insurance companies, property and casualty insurance companies, securities dealers and exchanges, mutual fund companies and distributors, finance and leasing companies, as well as independent financial advisors, pension fund managers and independent insurance agents and brokers, among others. Read more...

Fish and Seafood

The fish and seafood sector includes wild capture (marine and freshwater) of fish and seafood, aquaculture and fish and seafood processing. Read more...

Forestry and Wood Products

The forest industry includes forestry and wood-related products. Subsectors include pulp and paper, building materials, wood products, cellulose nano-materials and biofuels. Read more...

Industrial Machinery

This industry comprises establishments engaged primarily in manufacturing machinery destined for industrial use, such as machinery for the sawmill and woodworking industry, the rubber and plastics industry and the paper industry, and organizations engaged in the manufacture of industrial machinery not classified for any specific industry. Read more...

Information and Communications Technology

A defining characteristic of Canada’s ICT sector is the rapidly increasing rate of innovation and productivity that continually occurs—not only in the industries that produce hardware, software, components, content and services used in ICT applications, but also in the sectors that benefit from the adoption and use of these technologies. Read more...

Infrastructure

The infrastructure sector is divided into five subsectors: power (including smart grids), water, wastewater, transportation, and social infrastructure. The $135-billion sector includes a range of services: architecture, interior design, consulting engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and project financing. The sector also includes green building services and products, plus building materials and construction equipment. Read more...

Life Sciences

The life sciences sector includes all science- and technology-based products and services applied to human health, as well as certain segments of the animal health industry. The major industry segments covered are pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), medical devices and laboratory instruments, health information technology and natural health products. Read more...

Mining

Canada is a leading mining nation. The mining sector covers mineral extraction and activities in support of mining and quarrying. Read more...

Ocean Technologies

The ocean technology sector is an advanced, cross-cutting technology industry that provides goods and services for marine and ocean-related industries. Read more...

Oil and Gas

The oil and gas sector includes the entire range of activities in the oil and gas industry. The sector includes downstream petrochemical and refining areas and upstream activities in exploration (seismic, geophysical), drilling/casing, primary production of oil and gas, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), both thermal and gas injection. Read more...

Professional Services

The professional services industry is broad and comprises businesses that provide professional, scientific and technical services. Read more...

Sustainable Technologies

The Canadian sustainable technologies sector (sometimes called “Cleantech”) comprises renewable energy (bioenergy, geothermal, hydro, hydrogen and fuel cell, smart grid and energy storage, solar, waste-to-energy, wave and tidal, wind, and nuclear), and environmental sub-sectors (air pollution control, water and wastewater, solid waste management). Canada benefits from a wealth of renewable energy riches and is endowed with vast and varied natural resources, including enormous supplies of water, biomass, not to mention sun and wind—all the raw materials needed to produce green energy. Read more...

Tourism

Tourism is defined as the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for purposes other than those related to activities remunerated from within the place visited. Read more...

Transportation

The transportation sector encompasses companies supplying material, equipment, technology or services that are unique to the operation of vehicles or to the delivery of services using land or sea vehicles. Read more...

Wine, Beer and Spirits

The Canadian alcoholic beverages sector encompasses the wine, beer and spirits sub-sectors, which consist of primary producers, value-added production, manufacturing, packaging, beverage retailing, tourism and research and technologies related to these industries. Read more...