CME lays out manufacturing priorities for new federal cabinet. Image: CMEClick image to enlarge

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has sent its congratulations to the new federal cabinet announced on Oct. 26, saying it looks forward to working with the new ministers to address Canadian manufacturers' priorities.

“The manufacturing sector is essential to Canada's economy. Not only does it produce the essential goods that we use every day, but it is also the basis for regional economic development. However, the sector has been falling behind for several years—it is losing investment, production, and jobs. This is why we must act now by putting in place the necessary measures to ensure the competitiveness of our manufacturing companies and make sure that they have the workers they need," said CME president and CEO Dennis Darby.

CME says Canada should strive to attract at least two percent of the annual OECD manufacturing investment, or $50 billion annually, into Canada's manufacturing sector over the next decade.

The association has invited the new ministers to commit to a two percent challenge and to work with manufacturers to implement an effective and comprehensive industrial strategy for Canada that focuses on the following key priorities:

  1. get the workers that the manufacturing sector needs;
  2. stimulate investment in innovation and advanced technologies;
  3. increase Canadian exports; and
  4. adopt a net-zero strategy.

CME noted that supply chains have undergone many disruptions in recent months and are now more fragile than ever. The association is urging the newly sworn in ministers to work closely with manufacturing and exporting companies to minimize the impacts.  

"The erosion of our industrial competitiveness has had a direct impact on the ability of our manufacturing companies to respond to and recover from the crisis. It is now essential to question the type of economy we want to build. This pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of investing in our manufacturing capacities right now," Darby says.

During the last federal electoral campaign, CME unveiled its 'Manufacturing Now' platform, which spelled out its main recommendations to ensure the growth of the manufacturing sector in Canada.

CME

Sandvik: adding value through community involvement

Situated in the mountains of north-western Tanzania, the rural district of Karagwe was once an influential kingdom. While agriculture remains one of Karagwe’s key sources of income, the area also faces a major water shortage.

Canada commits to 8-year $800 M shipbuilding investment

The Government of Canada has committed to supporting the country's shipbuilding industry with an eight-year, $800 million contract for Thales Canada Inc. and Thales Australia Ltd. that will help support the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ships. The investment means shipbuilding companies such as Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan's Vancover Shipyards will be building ships in Canada to support the commitment.

Haas donates $50,000 to Ontario Skills Competition

Haas Automation, a long time supporter of the Skills Competitions in Canada, donated $50,000 to the Ontario Technological Skills organization to support ongoing training for skilled trades. The donation came through the Gene Haas Foundation, which supports skills training in North America.

Haas donates $80,000 for skills training in Canada

The Gene Haas Foundation is donating more than US $80,000 to support skills training in Canada. In Western Canada, the Gene Haas Foundation has donated US $50,000 in scholarship funding to Skills Canada and in Ontario, it has donated US $30,000 ($36,000 CDN) for scholarship funding for students enrolled in Georgian College's Mechanical Technician-Precision Skills program. Earlier this year, the Foundation donated US $50,000 to Ontario Skills for scholarships in CNC technology. To date, just in this year alone, the Gene Haas Foundation has granted $150,000 to three Skills Canada competitions and to scholarships.

Ferro Technique acquires Windsor's Lomar

Mississauga, Ont.-based Ferro Technique Ltd., a portfolio company of Argyle Capital Partners, has acquired Lomar Machine Repair Inc.

Economic growth continues for Q2 in Canada

The lastest statistic for Canadian GDP points to above-trend growth continuing for the Canadian economy, including further recovery of the energy sector, according to a report by RBC.

Burloak buys one of the world's largest additive systems

Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son and Co. Ltd., has signed an agreement with Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries Inc., to purchase an EBAM 110 Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing System.

Armoured car maker Inkas announces new Toronto plant

INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, a Toronto-based manufacturer of armored and special purpose vehicles, has acquired a new production facility in Toronto.

Ontario funds metal additive collab

FedDev Ontario has invested $8.2 million to help the University of Waterloo to build on its additive manufacturing foundation and establish the Additive Manufacturing Alliance (AMA).

Ontario insolvencies declined sharply in 2020

Despite the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, insolvencies in Ontario declined by 24 per cent in 2020 to the lowest annual level since 2000, according to Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO).

Toyota to build EV battery packs in North Carolina

Toyota will be spending $1.29B to build an electric vehicle battery plant in North Carolina, creating a beachhead for such batteries in the US market.

Iscar, Megatel event showcases machining, cutting technologies

Iscar and Megatel held a joint event at Iscar's Oakville, ON facility recently to showcase the latest in machining and cutting strategies.

More pipelines for future oil sands growth: report

Canada will need more pipelines built through to 2030 to transport an additional 1.3 million barrels per day of oil sands production to markets across North America and around the world, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)  in its 2017 Crude Oil Forecast, Markets and Transportation report.

General Dynamics Land Systems joins Ontario manufacturing supercluster

General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada has announced that it has become a network partner of the Southern Ontario-based Next Generation Manufacturing Canada Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

Bystronic Canada Quebec Learning Event

Bystronic Canada Ltd. is hosting a Quebec Learning Event on May 23.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn