Apparel maker Roots Canada is to shut down its Toronto manufacturing plant at a cost of up to 200 jobs.

The plant, which produces uniforms for the Canadian Olympic team, was no longer cost effective, Roots co-founder Michael Budman said.

He said the Olympic work would now be sub-contracted to other "high quality" manufacturers in Toronto.

"We felt, with the magnitude of what we're doing now, it didn't make sense any more to continue with our small production plant," Budman said.

"There were other people in Toronto who could give us better pricing."