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Author(s): Serge Carrier | Jocelyn Bellemare

Journal: Annals of the University of Oradea. Fascicle of Textiles, Leatherwork
ISSN 1843-813X

Volume: XIV;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 12;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Apparel | Textiles | Globalization

The textile/apparel has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. The decisions by the World Trade Organization to eliminate quotas and reduce tariffs, the multiple free trade agreements signed between countries, the ease of doing international business, as well as many other factors have contributed to the migration of production activities from high labour cost countries to low labour cost countries. The first countries affected obviously were the most developed Western economies. Canada has not been an exception with an overall decrease in the value of textile/apparel shipments of more than 50 %.To reduce the negative impacts of these changes, a number of approaches have been tried and projects implemented. This paper presents the most important factors that have contributed to the demise of textile/apparel production in Canada and provides a few numbers demonstrating the importance of the phenomenon. It also presents some of the solutions that have been put in place, both by the governments and the private sector, with more or less success. It concludes on some thoughts on the future of the

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