Québec’s Furniture Industry
Québec’s furniture industry includes all the businesses involved in the manufacture of furniture, kitchen cabinets and counters, display cases, partitions, shelving and lockers, mattresses, blinds, and shutters.
The furniture industry is one of Québec’s biggest manufacturing employers, and is characterized by its labour-intensive nature, its presence in virtually every region of Québec, and by the fact that most of the companies are Québec-owned. Over 40% of total production is destined for markets outside Québec, of which 95% is exported to the U.S.
With the economic recovery in the United States, as well as the drop in the value of the Canadian dollar and the growth in the size of the American market, the current economic landscape south of the border is highly favourable to Québec exporters. A number of states are experiencing a real estate boom, both residential and commercial, and the industry’s priority is to enhance the visibility of our companies.
Given the type of goods and the logistics involved in shipping and in renting space at the various trade shows, the penetration of new export markets can require considerable investments for manufacturers.
The industry is well represented by two main associations:
- Association des fabricants et détaillants de l’industrie de la cuisine du Québec (AFDICQ)
- Québec Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (QFMA)
It is worth mentioning the important role QFMA plays on the Canadian scene since the association is the owner and producer of the Canadian Furniture Show held annually in Toronto. Canada’s only furniture show, the event showcases the country’s know-how by bringing together manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals from across Canada, the United States and overseas to present the latest collections and trends. It is where purchasing decisions are made for the entire industry.
To find out more about Québec’s furniture industry, contact the Québec Government Office covering your territory.