Quebec beats Ontario, Alberta in productivity
Quebec led Canada in productivity gains in 2009, according to a Statistics Canada report released Friday.
Productivity gained two per cent in the province, while the national rate stayed flat.
That’s actually an improvement over 2008 when overall productivity fell 0.8 per cent, and Quebec’s productivity fell 0.2 per cent.
The report said manufacturing productivity in Quebec was up 0.9 per cent — a seventh consecutive increase.
There were also advances in retail trade, transportation and warehousing and the information and cultural industries. Overall, however, GDP for the province declined 1.8 per cent, as a result of declines in the forestry and manufacturing sectors.
Productivity gains in Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, British Columbia and Yukon were offset by losses in Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Newfoundland.