Due to intense price competition from relatively inexpensive imports, the Women's, Girls' and Infants' Apparel Manufacturing industry has struggled over the past five years. Most companies have moved their production offshore, while remaining operators have trended toward producing value-added and niche specialty products. Over the five years to 2021, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to decline further. International demand for premium Canadian products will keep some businesses afloat, but continued pressure from low-cost foreign imports will severely constrain growth. Although domestic demand for apparel is expected to increase as Canadian consumer confidence rises, much of this will be satisfied by foreign-made clothing.
Industry operators manufacture cut and sewn blouses, shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, nightwear, suits, coats and other outerwear for women and girls, by cutting and sewing purchased materials. Manufacturers who produce knitted, fur or leather apparel are not included in this industry, nor are manufacturers of socks or hosiery.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.