The Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ontario Manufacturers, Manufacturing Employees, and Supply Chains

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Canada’s economy. More specifically, it has:
1) exposed deficiencies in supply chains, causing manufacturers to pivot production in order to improve the supply of essential goods (e.g. medical devices, personal protective equipment, sanitizer),
2) demonstrated the important role that manufacturing plays in a well-functioning economy and society, and
3) brought to light the lack of comprehensive information related to Canadian manufacturers capabilities.
This project attempts to address questions related to the role of manufacturers in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, better understanding the capabilities of manufacturers (especially as they relate to the production of essential goods), and ensuring that government policies and programs designed to support manufacturing during the anticipated economic recovery and during future crises are effective.

Faculty Supervisor:

Gregory Zaric


Han Sheng Chiang;Talissa Watson


Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing




Information and cultural industries


Western University



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