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Industrial Manufacturing

Industry Profile

Industrial Manufacturing

Alberta’s industrial manufacturing industry is a key driver for the economy, with strong sectors that include machinery, metal fabrication, electronics, primary-metals, rubber and plastics.
Industrial manufacturing is a foundational industry that supports infrastructure development as well as energy and natural resource production in Alberta. With world-class expertise and access to global supply chains, Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector delivers high-value products and services across Canada and around the world.


Alberta’s industrial manufacturing industry has key strengths that make the industry competitive and positioned for growth. Alberta is also home to Canada’s second largest metal manufacturing hub, second only to Ontario.

Alberta's Manufacturing Advantage


  • Alberta firms specialize in high-value manufacturing and producing sophisticated customized products.
  • Alberta’s metal fabrication, machinery and equipment manufacturing sectors play an integral role in major industrial processes, including oil sands and petrochemical development.
  • Businesses based in Alberta have access to a young, skilled workforce that is ready to train in new technologies.
  • Alberta’s industrial manufacturing firms are ethical leaders in manufacturing and are integral to the fabric of their communities.


Areas of Expertise

Metal Fabrication

Alberta’s metal fabrication expertise include:

  • plate work and fabricated structural products
  • boilers
  • pressure vessels, tanks and heat exchangers
  • metal buildings and components
  • machine shops


Equipment Manufacturing

Alberta’s equipment fabrication expertise include:

  • oil and gas field equipment
  • construction, mining, agricultural and forestry machinery
  • trailer and transportation equipment manufacturing
  • HVAC and commercial refrigeration equipment


Research and Development

Alberta Innovates - https://albertainnovates.ca/
Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Innovators, businesses and researchers can easily tap into our collective assets – cross sectoral knowledge and expertise, funding, networks and research facilities.

Innotech Alberta and the Alberta Manufacturing Fabrication Innovation Program (AMFI) - https://innotechalberta.ca/services/analysis-testing-services/alberta-manufacturing-and-fabrication-innovation-amfi-program/
AMFI aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing and fabrication solutions. The program’s focus is on high productivity manufacturing technologies and processes that lead to reduced overall production costs in conjunction with [Read More]

Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining - https://sites.ualberta.ca/~ccwj/
Researchers at the CCWJ provide services that can help companies overcome process challenges and improve their quality and efficiency.

Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA) - https://sites.ualberta.ca/~rafiq1/
LIMDA strive to be an excellence Centre for Design and Manufacturing which bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced industrial applications. The LIMDA research team aims to provide global smart and hybrid solutions and [Read More]

Productivity Innovation Centre at NAIT - http://www.nait.ca/101179.htm
Productivity Innovation Centre at NAIT provides flexible workspaces, education and training, cutting-edge applied research, and LEED Certified Design.

CISC’s Steel Centre - https://www.steelcentre.ca/
The Steel Centre is an education and research centre located in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. The Steel Centre trains the region's top structural engineers and connects them to the top [Read More]

GoProductivity - https://goproductivity.ca/
GoProductivity offers a broad range of services that help companies identify and address gaps in productivity, maximize resources and be more efficient.

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Business Supports and Programs

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

Industrial Research Assistance Program - https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/
IRAP provides innovation and funding services to accelerate business growth through innovation and technology.

Mitacs - http://www.mitacs.ca/
Mitacs connects companies with university researchers for innovative projects, letting you achieve measurable ROI on your research and development.

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) - https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/nrc-irap-across-canada
This program provides innovation and funding services customized to your specific needs to help you accelerate the growth of your business through innovation and technology.

CanExport - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/funding-financement/canexport/index.aspx?lang=eng
CanExport provides financial support to SMEs for development of new export opportunities.

Energy Efficiency Alberta - https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/
EEA promotes the use of cutting-edge technology in Alberta to reduce emissions.

Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) - https://www.alberta.ca/step.aspx
STEP provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August.

Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada - https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/trade_commissioners-delegues_commerciaux/index.aspx?lang=eng
Canadian trade commissioners are located in more than 160 cities worldwide, and can provide you with key business insights and access to a network of international contacts.

Major Projects - https://majorprojects.alberta.ca
A map-based, interactive inventory of private and public sector projects in Alberta valued $5 million or greater.

Export Development Canada - https://www.edc.ca/
EDC is Canada’s export credit agency that helps Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.

Industry Associations

Canadian Institute for Steel Construction (CISC) - https://www.cisc-icca.ca/
CISC represents a diverse community of steel manufacturers, fabricators and constructors, engineers and architects, owners and developers, and educators and students, offering a wide span of products and services to enhance capabilities and grow [Read More]

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - http://cme-mec.ca/home-departments/
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is a national industry association that supports manufacturers and exporters and works to build a more competitive business environment by providing critical and timely intelligence, strengthening leadership [Read More]

Alberta Steel Manufacturers - http://www.albertasteelmanufacturers.com/
Alberta Pressure Vessels Manufacturers’ Association was formed by members of Alberta’s pressure vessel and heat exchanger industry to provide a forum for communication and discussion on issues concerning the industry.

Alberta Pressure Vessels Manufacturers’ Association - http://www.apvma.ca/
Alberta Pressure Vessels Manufacturers’ Association was formed by members of Alberta’s pressure vessel and heat exchanger industry to provide a forum for communication and discussion on issues concerning the industry.

Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada - https://www.a-m-c.ca/
Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada is a national, member-driven industry association with a mission to “foster and promote growth and development of the agricultural equipment manufacturing industry in Canada"

Canadian Welding Bureau - https://www.cwbgroup.org/
Canadian Welding Bureau is an industry-supported private-sector not-for-profit organization providing welding certification, management systems registration and training services.

Alberta Welding Optimization Committee (AWOC) - https://albertawelding.ca/
AWOC develops and communicates industry best-practices to advance the quality and productivity of our sector while maintaining public safety.


Tom McCaffery, Director, Manufacturing, tom.mccaffery@gov.ab.ca
Kate Reynolds, Senior Industry Development Officer, kate.reynolds@gov.ab.ca