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Canadian Textile Industry Association

The Canadian Textile Industry Association (CTIA) represents Canada’s primary textile producers – a group of innovative manufacturing companies producing high-quality, value-added textiles.  Companies are often a major employer in their community, providing well-paid manufacturing jobs and creating significant economic spin-offs.

Established in 2009, CTIA is a national non-profit association focused on promoting Canada’s textile sector.  As a means for collective industry action, we advocate and influence government policy affecting the industry, with particular focus on procurement and trade.

 CTIA also fosters collaboration, innovation and communication among its members, providing up-to-date, reliable information about issues of interest and concern to the industry.

 Our Mission-Promote and provide Canadian value-added innovative materials at home and abroad.

Established over 150 years ago, in small, urban communities that offered a stable labour supply and rivers ideally suited for water-generated power and dyeing/finishing processes, the Canadian textile industry started with the manufacture of yarns and fabrics from natural fibres. Currently, the industry is located mainly in Quebec and Ontario, is heavily capital-intensive, uses natural, artificial and manmade fibres and filaments, and supplies a wide range of value-added products to over 150 consumer, household and industrial customers in Canada and worldwide.

Customers for textiles can be grouped as belonging to traditional and non-traditional textile markets. Traditional textile markets are destined to apparel and accessories, household, furnishings, and floor coverings. Non-traditional markets are defined as technical textiles and "other value-added textiles". Examples of markets for technical textiles are filtration, transportation, medical, packaging, protection, reinforcement, sporting goods, agriculture, construction, civil engineering, and environmental industries. The "Other value-added textiles" concept refers to traditional textile products to which advanced technological characteristics have been added. Examples are advanced sport and leisure apparel, antimicrobial textiles, special protective textiles, easy-care textiles, intelligent textiles and ultra-comfortable textiles. In 2011, the Canadian textile industry manufactured some $3.67 billion worth of textile products, more than half of which (52%) was exported.  It is estimated there are 1,970 textile firms in operation in Canada.

 Textile production relies on a supply chain that includes producers of natural and synthetic fibres (chemical, agricultural, mineral) and provides inputs for products such as clothing, upholstered furniture, household items, floor coverings and industrial applications.

Economic pressures and global competition have caused the Canadian textile industry to make substantial changes in their operations.  Though the industry is smaller today than in the past, companies have moved toward value-added production in niche markets where they can take advantage of strong research and development capabilities, quick turnaround on orders, high-quality and excellent customer service. Though textile production is one of the oldest manufacturing sectors in Canada, today’s industry is technology-intensive and globally competitive.  More than 150 years ago, the Canadian textile industry manufactured of yarns and fabrics from natural fibres.  Today, companies use natural, artificial and man-made fibres and filaments, supplying value-added products to more than 150 sectors in Canada and around the world.  Textile products are used to create garments, but are also commonly used by the transportation, health, agriculture, civil engineering, packaging, protection and construction sectors.

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