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ON - Improve Your Productivity and Bottom Line Through CME’s Technology Assessment Program

Manufacturers that invest in advanced technologies have a considerably better growth outlook than their non-adopting counterparts. They are more productive and more profitable. Despite this, based on recent CME research, Canadian companies are falling further behind their global competitors in technology adoption. This is largely driven by uncertainty over the benefit and the return on investment (ROI), according to our members. Read more…

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Resources

CME  is in contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to the coronavirus. We will work to share additional available information and welcome your concerns and input.

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Rail Stoppage: How is your Business Affected?

As you know, CME has been very active throughout the Canadian freight rail crisis. In addition to a press conference, we participated in over 50 interviews in the last 2 weeks and, hosted 2 member calls with CN…

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Nothing In BC Budget to Support Manufacturers

VICTORIA (February 18, 2020) –  Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is disappointed the BC budget issued today did not include measures to help support the growth of the manufacturing sector…

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Subsidized training available for manufacturers impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs

Manufacturers impacted by the steel and aluminum tariffs can now take advantage of training sessions for half the price thanks to a new, one-time government subsidy.

Many companies not directly impacted suffered nonetheless by impacts through the supply chain. This special subsidy was developed to help companies build capacity and regain their competitive footing, through funded skill development and training. Read more…

Tech Adoption Report Release

A new CME report released today “Industry 4.0 and Canada’s Digital Future in Manufacturing” identifies three reasons why Canadian manufacturers not adopting new technology at the same rate as their international counterparts – high purchase costs and uncertain ROI, lack of information and testing opportunities and, skill and labour shortages. CME’s report offers solutions to the new federal government: 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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