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OTTAWA Dec 8 Canada's industrial capacity saw
its biggest gain on record in the third quarter as oil and gas
production resumed following wildfires in northern Alberta, data
from Statistics Canada showed on Thursday.
Capacity utilization rose to 81.9 percent from a revised
79.7 percent in the second quarter. The rise was the largest
quarterly increase since the agency began tracking industrial
capacity in 1987.
Oil and gas extraction was the main contributor, with
capacity in the sector rising to 82.3 percent. Wildfires in the
Fort McMurray area in May, as well as scheduled maintenance
outages, had disrupted operations in the second quarter.
In the manufacturing sector, firms operated at 82.6 percent
of capacity, up from a revised 81.9 percent in the second
quarter. The sector was lifted by manufacturing in non-durable
goods, including in the food manufacturing industry.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Nick Zieminski)