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LATEST REPORTS

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SUMMARY

CME’s Chief Economist, Alan Arcand, provides an overview of the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global and Canadian economy and analyses what this means for manufacturers in the short and long-term. Read the full report here.

INDUSTRY 4.0 & CANADA’S DIGITAL FUTURE IN MANUFACTURING

A new CME report identifies three broad but interconnected issues that are limiting Canadian manufacturers’ innovation and technology adoption.

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WE’RE HIRING: MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE SURVEY REPORT

CME surveyed over 225 manufacturers from across Canada from small to large companies and the results are troubling:

  • More than 85 per cent of manufacturers struggle to fill vacancies
  • Canada’s youth are increasingly unprepared and uninterested in working in manufacturing
  • Employers lack the capacity to invest in skills and training, and
  • Current immigration levels are simply not meeting Canada’s workforce needs

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW & 2019 OUTLOOK

Economic projections are based on historic patterns, emerging trends and an understanding of a deep and complex series of cause-and-effect relationships. However, those aren’t the only things that affect how an economy performs. Government policy announcements, large-scale business investment decisions, geopolitical instability and a host of other factors are inherently unpredictable and can have a major impact on an economy’s performance.

With that in mind, CME’s economics team reviewed the 2018 Canadian economic performance and tried to predict what that means for manufacturers in 2019.  It also gazes into its crystal ball every year to highlight five things to watch out for in the coming year. These are some of our “known unknowns” – factors that we know will impact the economy, whether for good or for ill, but whose effect is far from clear.

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INDUSTRIE 2030 ONTARIO

Ontario manufacturers are 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. Industrie 2030 Ontario is a roadmap to achieving the conditions manufacturers need to succeed.

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LATEST NEWS

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LATEST NEWSLETTERS

Our monthly provincial newsletters are suspended due to the critical importance of communicating with our members more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to receive our newsletter 3x times a week.

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

COVID-19 MEMBER BRIEFING CALLS SERIES

In order to provide members with the most up-to-date information on the governments’ response to COVID-19, CME will be hosting regular, 30-minute on Wednesdays as needed. Click here to register.

MISSED A CALL?

Recordings are available on our COVID-19 page. 

WEBINARS

CME TRAINING SERVICES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

CME is pleased to present its new e-learning series. Our initial sessions have been developed in direct response to member needs and are delivered by CME experts and manufacturers who will share real-world tips and best practices on a variety of operational topics.

Each session provides participants with tangible takeaways and provides critical supports during the pandemic manufacturers need to weather the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, online. The sessions are free thanks to our sponsors and partners.

Our training series is designed in three modules so front-line workers, operational staff, and leadership in your organization can benefit. Training is delivered live via an online video platform on Tuesday and Thursdays at 1 PM EDT and, again at 4 PM EDT. Space is limited.

Missed a live session? No worries – our webinars are recorded and, available on-demand.

Click here to register and for more information. 

MEMBERSHIP PERKS

BDO: DISCOUNT ON SR&ED SERVICES

Whether developing or improving new products, working to reduce environmental impact, or creating the next technology, BDO’s Government Incentives practice helps clients access federal and provincial tax refunds or credits. Our highly experienced team informed by deep industry knowledge, including engineers and scientists, mentors clients to ensure they meet program requirements, file the necessary forms and reports, and ultimately improve the chance of success with the SR&ED program.

 

We are dedicated to helping Canadian manufacturing businesses succeed and are pleased to offer a 10% discount on the base fee of SR&ED services to new clients who are CME members.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Western Canada:
David Spicer, Partner at dspicer@bdo.ca, 604-443-4714
Pest Patel, Partner at ppatel@bdo.ca, 403-205-5768

Central Canada:
David Douglas, Partner at ddouglas@bdo.ca, 416-865-0200

GTA:
Paul Boucher, Partner at pboucher@bdo.ca, 905-272-7831

Eastern Canada:
Craig Mulcahy, Partner at cmulcahy@bdo.ca, 902-444-5540

EXCLUSIVE TECHNOLOGY OFFER FOR CME MEMBERS 

Microsoft Canada is offering our members access to the following value-add savings program, offered by local Microsoft partner Insight:

  • 20% discount on Insight retail pricing on cloud products
  • Up to 15% off Ultimate Surface Pro bundles
  • Free Migration and Free support (for first three months of purchase)
  • A one-stop-shop and expertise on hardware, software, and services

To take advantage of the savings, visit their website.

 

PEOPLE CORPORATION: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND GROUP PENSION

CME is pleased to announce we have an employee benefits and group retirement member service program with People Corporation.

 

CME members will benefit from long-term permanent savings on your employee benefits by working with People Corporation as well as;

  • MY Wellness Program
  • Reduced administration fees for members
  • Wellness Experts
  • FREE courses for:
    • Smoking Cessation
    • Weight Loss
    • Stress Reduction
    • Alcohol & Drug Counseling
    • Diabetes Screening
    • Free Health Risk Assessments
    • Third Party Administrative Services
    • Consulting Services
    • Group Retirement Services
    • And more…

For more information, contact Jeffrey Stinchcombe, Partner, Senior Benefits Consultant, People Corporation at
416-508-5449 or email jeff.stinchcombe@peoplecorporation.com

 

 

BDC: FREE PRODUCTIVITY TOOL KIT

Does your productivity match the competition’s? Take the productivity challenge.

CME is pleased to partner with BDC to provide members with a free productivity toolkit.

 

Your productivity benchmarking tool will:

  • Compare your business to other Canadian firms in your industry
  • Discover your potential for improvement
  • Provide a detailed, printable report for easy reference

Plus CME members receive productivity-specific content to help you tackle the challenges of productivity and operational efficiency in your business.

Download the BDC Productivity toolkit here.

 

JOBILLICO

As Canada’s leader in proactive recruiting, Jobillico is a recruitment network committed to helping companies attract, select and hire the best candidates. To do this, we offer a technological solution designed to simplify the recruitment process in an intelligent way.

As an official CME partner, Jobillico is offering the following to members:

  • One free featured posting to your membership
  • The possibility to be featured in Jobillico newsletters about CME that would be sent across Jobillico’s Canadian network
  • The possibility to be featured in Jobillico’s nation-wide social media campaigns, getting views from our thousands of followers across popular social channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)

Contact our team to learn how we can help your business!
https://www.jobillico.com/en/join-network?sourceorigin=cme-meq

Get involved in governance

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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CONSULTATIONS

Manufacturing Survey on business Conditions

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition are seeking your input to help us gather information on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the Canadian manufacturing industry. The results of this survey will help set the direction of advocacy efforts and policy work over the rest of the crisis and during the recovery phase. The survey should take less than 10 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous.

Click here to answer the survey. 

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