Textiles are one of the hottest sectors for the growing textile industry.
But the jobs are scarce and they’re expensive.
A recent survey by the Canadian Association of Textile Machinists and Allied Crafts found there are currently only two Canadian textile industries that employ more than 40 per cent of the workforce.
There are currently two Canadian textiles industries that are in the process of hiring 10 per cent or more of their workers.
A study by the Conference Board of Canada found the industry is still one of Canada’s fastest-growing sectors with more than 10,000 new jobs created in 2017.
“We see a lot of people in the industry, especially in the small- and medium-sized businesses that we see in our communities, who are looking for work,” said Jennifer Schoeps, an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
It’s a challenging market for workers, but it can also be lucrative for the companies that employ them. “
You’re talking about people who have a little bit of experience, maybe with some textile skills, but they don’t necessarily have a very high level of education or that kind of experience.”
It’s a challenging market for workers, but it can also be lucrative for the companies that employ them.
The textile industry is a growing industry that is creating a lot more jobs than it’s replacing.
The number of textile workers in Canada has doubled since 2002.
The industry employs more than 6.4 million people in Canada, according to the Conference Bureau.
And as of May 1, 2019, the industry had an annual revenue of more than $17 billion, according the Canadian Manufacturers Association.
“If you look at what is being produced in this industry, the number one industry is textiles,” said Michael Kessel, president of the Canadian Textile Association, adding that that industry is seeing an increase in the number of people who want to work in the field.
Kessel said that the textile industry employs about 500,000 people, with about a quarter of those jobs being in the garment sector.
He said that’s more than double the number working in the retail sector, and that’s driven by the fact that the apparel industry is booming.
“For apparel, we’re seeing apparel sales in Canada rise by 12 per cent last year and by 18 per cent the year before,” Kessel explained.
The increase in apparel sales has also been driven by China.
“In China, they’re doing the same thing as the U.S. is doing.
They’re just making the product that we make,” Kesssel said.
“So we have to find new ways to get our product into the hands of people and to sell to them.”
But not everyone is happy about the growth in the textile sector.
“There are a lot who don’t like the fact we’re importing a lot from China.
They don’t want it in Canada.
They just want it to come back to the U of A,” said Kristine Dang, president and CEO of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, which represents a broad range of industries.
“The industry is really growing and is attracting people from other industries and from all over the world.
We want to be the country that’s exporting that.”
But there’s an upside to the textile boom, especially for those who are willing to put in the time and the effort.
Textile workers are taking on a more challenging job.
They often spend hours each day working in harsh conditions.
And that’s the job most likely to leave them with long-term health issues.
“When you go out on the workday, it’s really brutal.
You’re sweating and your hands are hurting,” said Schoep.
“And the work environment is not very pleasant.
It’s not really conducive to being productive.”
In the meantime, the growing demand for textiles is also contributing to the increased supply chain, which means companies are buying their way into the market.
That’s something that’s also going to be a challenge for companies that are trying to compete with growing imports.
“They’re going to have to look at the supply chain.
That means finding places where they can produce and sell their products.
There’s no reason to have the same manufacturing facilities in Canada and overseas,” said Kessel.
“I think it’s going to get worse and worse.”
The textiles industry is already booming.
The Conference Board estimates there are about 10,300 Canadian textile workers, which is about 2 per cent more than there were in 2001.
But as demand grows and wages continue to rise, the textile companies will continue to be faced with the challenge of finding workers to replace the ones who are leaving.
“Right now, there’s only one Canadian textile industry that employs more people than 10 per part of its workforce,” said Kevin O’Leary,