Expanding the Skilled Labour Pool

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Expanding the Skilled Labour Pool

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CME AT WORK: GETTING MANUFACTURERS THE WORKERS THEY NEED

Labour and skills shortages are the most pressing challenges facing manufacturers today. CME is working to expand the labour pool; improve education programs; and lower the cost of on-the-job training.

Manufacturing Canada's Future: An Industrial Strategy - Policy Recommendations

To help ease labour and skills shortages, governments should:

  1. Modernize Canada’s immigration and temporary foreign worker programs to ensure manufacturers have access to a talent pool with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to grow and thrive
  2. Address Canada’s housing shortage to ensure affordable housing near manufacturing jobs, mandate modular construction to help meet housing targets, and avoid encroachment on industrial lands
  3. Provide employer-led training benefits, including a 50 per cent tax credit that offsets half the costs of employee training
  4. Refocus Canada’s education system to connect more youth to manufacturing and skilled trades jobs
  5. Renew and increase funding for programs that encourage more members of underrepresented groups to seek a career in manufacturing 6. Reform the Employment Insurance (EI) system to encourage labour force participation and labour mobility 7. Increase incentives to encourage the adoption and integration of automation technology

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