In June 2011, RBC, in association with Markit,
a leading, global financial information services company,
and the Purchasing
Management Association of Canada (PMAC), launched the
monthly RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers'
Index (RBC PMI), a comprehensive and early
indicator of trends in the Canadian manufacturing sector.
The RBC PMI will be released on the first business day of
In addition to the headline RBC PMI - a composite indicator
designed to provide a single-figure snapshot of the health
of the manufacturing sector - the survey also tracks changes
in output, new orders, employment, inventories, prices and
supplier delivery times. Index readings above 50.0 signal
expansion from the previous month, readings below 50.0 indicate