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ON - Fall Economic Statement

Earlier today, the Ontario Government released its 2019 Fall Economic Statement, “A Plan to Build Ontario Together”. Overall, the government took some positive steps to address business competitiveness, especially for SMEs. Read more…

2020 WSIB Health & Safety Excellence Program

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in the WSIB’s new Health & Safety Excellence Program in 2020.  Read more…

Ontario Government’s Red Tape Reduction Initiative An Important Step

New measures to help streamline approvals and modernize environmental regulations, including removing outdated acetone reporting requirements, were announced by the Ford Government today. Read more…

2019 FEDERAL ELECTION: IMPACTS ON MANUFACTURERS

Yesterday, Canada elected a strong minority Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau. CME expects the Liberals will be able to move forward with passing legislation as, they will only need the backing of one party or a combination of 13 votes to put them to 170, majority threshold. Read more…

2019 ALBERTA BUDGET RECAP

Moments ago, Finance Minister Travis Toews introduced to the Legislation the 2019 provincial budget. As widely-publicized in recent days, the budget established a four-year plan to reduce spending in order to reduce the burgeoning provincial deficit.  Read more…

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NATIONAL POLICY COUNCIL

Opened to all members, the National Policy Council is the key advisory body to the National Board on government relations, policy and advocacy initiatives of the Association. Meetings are held once a quarter and, recommendations to the National Board of Directors are made by consensus. The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Provide input, direction, and perspective on critical business issues that impact business competitiveness, investment, and growth;
  • Identify and prioritize government policy, regulatory, and programs that challenge the goals of the association and its members;
  • Support the development of government relations activities to address those identified priorities, primarily with respect to the Federal Government, but not limited to; and
  • Help coordinate federal and provincial policy and government relations activities and strategies within the association and with relevant external stakeholders.

NATIONAL ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL

Opened to all members,is the key advisory body to the National Board on energy and environment initiatives of the Association. Meetings are held once a quarter and, recommendations to the National Board of Directors are made by consensus. The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Provide input, direction, and perspective on energy and environment issues that impact business competitiveness, investment, and growth;
  • Support the development of government relations activities to address identified priorities on energy and environment issues, primarily with respect to the Federal Government, but not limited to; and
  • Help coordinate federal and provincial policy and government relations activities and strategies within the association and with relevant external stakeholders.

WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE COUNCIL

The Workforce of the Future Council was established to provide innovative and applicable advice to staff on skills, diversity and supply initiatives for manufacturing workforce now and in the future. The purpose of the Council is to:

  • Advise staff and assist the Board to identify and determine the overall approach to promote needed work to help promote and create the workforce of the future, according to the objectives above;
  • Identify and determine the overall approach to assist manufacturers in:
    • developing innovative strategies to attract and retain a more diverse workforce;
    • identifying and remove barriers in employment, through established practices in recruitment, hiring and training that will foster a climate of equity and inclusion, focused on women and under-represented groups;
    • advocate with government and the industry to help drive goals and objectives for inclusion and diversity in the workforce
    • identifying ways to help drive skills upgrading to meet the needs of the 21st century manufacturing recognizing emerging, in-demand skills now and into the future;
  • Educate the public that even more than other sectors, the manufacturing sector can offer a rewarding career that is employs technology;
  • Facilitate the development of a strategic action plan attracting more young workers (including women an under-represented groups) to join the manufacturing workforce;
  • Participate in federal and provincial activities and strategies within the association on this topic, as well as with relevant external stakeholders and the public, as ambassadors for the workforce of the future.

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