Written by Shanna Empey on Wednesday, 08 April 2015
Export numbers continue to climb in Saskatchewan, well above of the decrease posted nationally, according to Statistics Canada.
The province saw a 7.2 per cent jump in February 2015 compared to February 2014, which surpassed Canada’s 0.7 per cent decrease in the export market. In the first two months of 2015, exports in the province were $5.4 billion, up 10.5 per cent over the same period last year.
“We saw farm, fishing and food products up 17.6 per cent, we saw metal ores and non-metallic minerals up 58.7 per cent, and we’ve seen metal non-metallic mineral products up over 400 per cent, so we’re seeing strength in diverse areas of the economy,” said Minister responsible for Trade, Jeremy Harrison. “We’ve seen really an incredible increase in our export sector here in the province over the course of the last seven or eight years, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that we have the right policies in place to see that continue, but it’s been really quite a remarkable increase that we’ve seen in manufacturing and export numbers that really have been leading this province and leading Canada in a lot of cases.”
Harrison says these figures show a strong economy by creating jobs and opening new opportunities in growth markets.
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