Manufacturing Day


Manufacturing Day

What is MFG Day

Held annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day—Manufacturing Day—helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day 2021 takes place on Friday, October 1.

The main goal of MFG Day is to promote manufacturing careers and to dispel the common misconceptions of this sector by giving students and members of the public an inside look at what manufacturing careers are really all about. For this year's MFG Day we are producing a series of videos with manufacturers in our area that show what careers in manufacturing really look like. In previous years we have organized bus trips and given in person tours of local manufacturers. Due to concerns surrounding COVD-19 in 2021 we have chosen to once again produce a series of video tours featuring area manufacturers. The 2021 videos will be released on October 1. You can view the videos produced in 2020 at the bottom of this page.

Manufacturing Fast Facts

Manufacturing is Waterloo Region's largest employment sector with Stats Canada reporting it employed over 51,000 people in the region in 2019.

According to the 2020 EmployerOne Survey the top positions being hired in Manufacturing in the next 12 months are General Labourer, Welder, and CNC Machinist.

According to the 2020 EmployerOne Survey the top skills manufacturing employers will be seeking in 2020 are a strong work ethic, dependability and a willingness to learn.

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2021 Virtual tours (click on the image to view the tour):

Deep Trekker

KTH Shelburne

Kuntz Electroplating Inc. 

Rapid Gear

2020 Virtual tours (click on the image to view the tour):

ATS Automation

Answer Precision
Pride Signs

Denso Manufacturing

Melitron Corporation

Public/Jobseeker Tours

Pre-registration is required for all tours. Seating is limited on all tours so please ensure that you are able to make a tour if you book to attend one. In 2017, 6 riders on one public bus received offers of employment.

Tours will take place across Waterloo Region, Guelph/Wellington and Dufferin County.

Breakfast Tour
This year, as we celebrate Manufacturing Day and Manufacturing Month, the wrap up breakfast will be held on October 24th followed by a tour of a manufacturing facility. 

High School Tours

Many Manufacturers provide tours for high schools across Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin. If you are a teacher who would like to have your students participate in the day, please contact us and we will connect you to the appropriate resource person your School Board who is coordinating the tours with us.

In 2017 over 500 students took part in the day!

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Participating Manufacturers

2018 Manufacturers (to date)

Anchor Danly

Answer Precision

ATS Automation


Blount Canada Ltd 

Integrated Metal Products 

KTH Parts Industries Inc. 

Melitron Corporation

Musashi Auto Parts Waterloo

Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG)

Precision Resource Canada Ltd.


Superior Glove Works

Tigercat Industries

Walinga Inc 

Musashi Auto Parts Inc 



2019 - Manufacturing Day Sponsors (to date)

Diamond Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors

City of Guelph

Guelph is a thriving city of nearly 130,000 people and is ideally situated in one of Canada’s wealthiest and most productive economic regions. Guelph Economic Development recognizes that every business requires different services in order to grow and succeed, and we’re committed to finding solutions that meet your specific needs. Visit to start a conversation – we look forward to hearing from you!


Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation 

Waterloo EDC is the one-stop concierge service for those looking to locate, relocate or expand to Waterloo. We are a dedicated and passionate team of economic development professionals, focused on finding the right solutions for our client. In all representations and interactions, we stay true to our vision of being locally rooted, internationally competitive and globally renowned

Silver Sponsors





Bronze Sponsors



2019 Manufacturing Day Partners

Career Education Council
Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Waterloo Region District School Board
Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Wellington Catholic District School Board
Upper Grand District School Board
Workforce Planning Board

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