A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO SPARK THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN ONTARIO
TORONTO (December 03, 2018) – Dennis Darby, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exports issued today the following statement about the release of Industrie 2030 Ontario:
“Ontario manufacturers are at the forefront of global competition, innovation, and technological change. To compete with the world’s best, they require a business climate that is equally world class. But Ontario is losing ground to international competitors that have been moving aggressively to attract investment, create high-paying jobs, and grow their value-added manufacturing base and, we are at risk of missing out on the opportunities created by modern advanced manufacturing. We released today, Industrie 2030 Ontario, a roadmap to help government achieve the conditions manufacturers need to succeed. Following significant consultations with our members, we have identified solutions to enhance Ontario business competitiveness.”
Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade stated:
“Manufacturing is the backbone of Ontario’s economy. Generations of Ontario families have held good paying manufacturing jobs that provide a solid foundation for their communities – and a strong manufacturing sector has lifted the entire economy. We have heard loud and clear that we need to reduce the cost of doing business in Ontario – and that starts with reducing the regulatory burden facing our job creators. Our government is getting out of the way of job creators and making it easier to manufacture right here in Ontario.”
Dennis Dussin, President of Alps Welding, an SME in Woodbridge Ontario stated:
“At Alps, our biggest challenge in our effort to grow, is the shortage of skilled people to work in our engineering and fabrication areas. CME’s strategy, if implemented, will help to bridge that gap, and with the right skills available, will allow us to make the investments in machinery, process, and facilities we need to scale up and continue to compete internationally.”
Industrie 2030 aims to create the business conditions on Ontario to support the doubling of manufacturing output to $600 billion by 2030. Its recommendations are focused on addressing the critical needs of Ontario’s manufacturing sector:
- Creating a competitive business environment in Ontario that, through tax and regulatory reform and lower electricity prices, reduces business costs and encourages growth and production;
- Addressing current skill shortages, improve technical skills training of youth and increase support for industry-led training and skills-development initiatives; and,
- Introducing policies and support programs to assist companies with scale-up, technology adoption, and product commercialization.
About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and, compete around the world. Our focus is to ensure manufacturers are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, with Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing and a global leader in exporting. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.
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