The Furniture Industry

According to 2013 Quebec government data*, Quebec has 1,488 establishments in the furniture sector, 85% of which are in the residential and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing sub-sector (NAICS 3371).


The furniture industry, which has a presence in every region in Quebec, accounts for a significant part of the province’s manufacturing sector and contributes to the prosperity of the various regions. In 2013, the industry accounted for a total of 22,292 jobs spread out in 1,488 locations throughout the province, making the furniture industry one of the top 7 employers in Quebec’s manufacturing sector.


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Jobs and products

In 2010, the residential furniture industry accounted for 37% of all furniture industry jobs in Québec and there were three sub-sectors: wood residential furniture, upholstered furniture, and furniture that was neither wood nor upholstered (in metal, for example). The Quebec residential furniture industry continues to be the biggest in the country, comprising 45% of the jobs in this sector in Canada in 2010.


In Quebec, residential furniture manufacturers are in the following categories:

  • dining room and bedroom furniture;
  • audio-visual furniture;
  • living room furniture (upholstered or non-upholstered);
  • storage furniture.

Mainly wood manufactured, the products can also be made out of metal or other materials.



The United States is our major economic partner, because of its proximity, size and strong demand: the U.S. received 93% of Quebec residential furniture exports in 2013. The value of Quebec furniture industry exports was $197M in 2013.


* Source: Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Export (MEIE)

** Source: Statistics Canada, Table 301-0006 - Mainstatistics for manufacturing industries, according to North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).



Retail sales, by industry (monthly) 

This monthly survey collects retail sales for all department stores, including furniture retailers, classified under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 452110 (including concessions such as travel center or restaurant sales). The data collected from the Monthly Retail Trade Survey (Department Store Organizations) is integrated each month along with the results of the Monthly Retail Trade Survey (record number 2406) and is released at the same time as the latter. Results are used by retailers, as well as by public and private agencies across Canada.


Retail trade, by industry (annual)


Retail trade, by province and territory

The Monthly Retail Trade Survey collects sales and the number of retail locations by province from a sample of retailers. Sales estimates obtained from retailers are a key monthly indicator of consumer purchasing patterns in Canada, and are important component of the Gross Domestic Product, which measures Canada's production, and are part of many economic models, namely the Bank of Canada relies partly on monthly retail sales estimates when making decisions that influence interest rates. Businesses can track their own performance against industry averages and to prepare investment strategies.

Retail sales estimates do not include any form of direct selling that bypasses the retail store, e.g., direct door-to-door selling; sales made through automatic vending machines; sales of newspapers or magazines; and sales made by book and record clubs. Internet retailing activities are included in the survey only when conducted through the same legal structure as the retail establishment.


Source: Statistics Canada

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