The Canadian textile industry has long been considered the most highly skilled, productive and highly paid industry in the country, with a wide range of jobs available.
It is also a place where immigrants can enjoy the best job opportunities in Canada.
But recent statistics indicate that in recent years the industry has lost a fair share of the skilled workers.
In 2013, the unemployment rate for textile workers in the province of British Columbia stood at 8.3 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
In 2014, it was 10.3.
In 2016, the rate of unemployment for workers in these two sectors stood at just 3.9 per cent.
The Canadian textile manufacturing sector has seen its share of skilled workers dwindle, as foreign nationals have made up a larger share of this sector over the last decade.
And the numbers of skilled foreign workers has dropped as well, falling to just under one per cent of the total Canadian workforce in 2015.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Canadian textile industries share of population has dropped from around 16 per cent in 2010 to around 12 per cent today.
And in some cases, the population of the industries has dropped even more.
For instance, in the manufacturing sector, just over 14 per cent are foreign nationals.
In the textile sector, it dropped to just over 7 per cent and for the most part in the apparel sector, only around 2 per cent were foreign nationals in 2015, according the Statistics Canada report.
The textile manufacturing industry is also seeing a decline in the numbers and wages of its skilled workers, with an estimated 2.5 million skilled workers in Canada and the United States at the end of 2017, down from 4.7 million at the beginning of 2017.
In a report on the textile manufacturing, the federal government published this chart, showing the total number of Canadian and American workers employed in the Canadian industry in 2017.
It shows that while there were over 5 million Canadian workers in 2017, the number of American workers in manufacturing has dropped by over 1 million, with fewer than 1 million employed in 2017 compared to over 2 million employed at the start of the year.
And the textile production sector has been hit harder than other industries, as its manufacturing employment has fallen by almost 1 million since 2010, the report states.
That drop in employment is partly due to a variety of factors, the authors of the report write.
There has been a shift away from manufacturing to other services sectors, particularly in the retail and hospitality sectors, and a number of factors have also contributed to the decrease in Canadian and US manufacturing employment.