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Archived Publications & Reports

Insight and intelligence on the issues that matter to you – that's the value of association. Please find below an archive of recent CME publications and reports delivering that value. If you are unable to find a particular resource, please contact the policy team, at

MFGPulse Fall 2015

Manufacturing Pulse - Summer 2016

CME's quarterly economic update from Director of Economics, Mike Holden.

MFGPulse Fall 2015

Manufacturing Pulse - Spring 2016

CME's quarterly economic update from Director of Economics, Mike Holden.

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The Future of the Manufacturing Labour Force in Canada 

This report was prepared for the project "Regional Labour Market Information to Address Skills and Human Resources Issues in the Manufacturing Sector". This project is sponsored by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and the Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition.

Regional reports:
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Sault Ste. Marie

MFGPulse Fall 2015

Manufacturing Pulse - Fall 2015

CME's quarterly economic update from Director of Economics, Mike Holden.

Why profits are important & higher corporate tax rates are a bad idea

Manufacturing Pulse – Summer 2015

CME's quarterly economic update from Director of Economics, Mike Holden.

Canadian Manufacturing Today

BDO's perspective on Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' 2014 Management Issues Survey outlining the opporutnities in Canada's largest and most important business sector. 

Manufacturing Supply Chains

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is pleased to present our second annual report on the impact of the ongoing development of Alberta’s oil sands on Canada’s manufacturing sector.

2014 Management Issues Survey

The results of the 2014 Managment Issues Survey compiled August - September in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition.

Spend Smarter, Not More: Leveraging the power of public procurement

Published in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Spend Smarter, Not More urges the Government of Ontario to adopt a new, strategic approach to public procurement.

2014-15 Federal Budget Recommendations

CME's 2014-15 recommendations presented to the Finance Committee as part of budget consultations for the 2014-15 Federal budget


CMC Joint Letter on the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
A letter was sent to The Honorable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, outlining CMC’s support for the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan and other government initiatives such as the Regulatory Cooperation Council that help reduce unnecessary burdens on industry.

20/20 Magazine (Bi-monthly)
Different. Innovative. Edgy. Informative. That's how our readers describe 20/20. Since our inception in 2006, we have been setting the standard for manufacturing intelligence across the country. Six issues per year, our readers find the insight they need to make key business decisions, from powerful feature articles to leading expert commentary on the issues that matter most.


CMC Joint Letter on S&T strategy
A letter was sent to the Minister of State for Science and Technology the Honorable Greg Rickford, emphasizing how the Government’s science and technology program should be modernized.

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Accelerated capital cost allowance (ACCA)
The financial crisis and economic upheaval in 2007 and 2008 led to economic stimulus measures in countries around the world. In Canada, accelerated capital cost allowance (ACCA) was introduced in 2007 to allow for a faster write-off and cost recovery for manufacturing equipment.

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Oil Sands Manufacturing
Extraction from Alberta's oil sands remains a key driver of economic growth and job creation across Canada, but more must be done to accelerate inter-provincial trade, for more on this important topic read the following report by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada's largest trade and industry association.

CME Joint Letter on CETA (October 2013)
Letter to Canadian and European leaders pushing for a conclusion to the Canada-EU free trade negotiations.

CMC letter to Minister Finley on Canada Job Grant (CJG) program (June 2013)
In light of the Canada Job Grant program announced in the federal government's 2013 Economic Action Plan, CMC wrote to the department to make recommendations on the implementation of the program. 

CMC letter to Minister Finley on Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program review (May 2013)
Our associations and our members fully support the government’s stated goal that companies in Canada should be hiring Canadians first whenever possible and that there should be no tolerance for abuse of the TFW programs. However, we also believe the TFW programs are crucial to support Canada’s economic growth and that they can be improved to support the needs of industry, government and employees.

Canada-U.S. Business Travel Guide (February 2013)
To ensure Canadian manufacturers and exporters have all the information they need to know to efficiently cross the border to conduct business, CME partnered with Baker & McKenzie and CERC to issue this Canada-US Business Travel Guide. Whether you’re looking to enter the US or Canada, this document will help you find out which visa category best applies to your case, what is required to secure entry into the other country, and what you need to do to obtain a visa.

Business Research and Development Incentives in Canada: The Impact of Proposed Changes to Canada's SR&ED Tax Credit (November 2012)
The federal government announced a new slate of changes to popular Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit program in its 2012 budget, including an overall rate reduction from 20 per cent to 15 per cent, as well as the elimination of capital expenditures from the tax base. These cuts will have a significant impact on Canadian manufacturers, and on Canada's ability to attract large R&D mandates.

Manufacturing Our Future: A Manufacturing Action Plan for Canada (October 2012)
In response to the trends and challenges outlined in the 2012-13 Management Issues Survey, the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition
– led by CME released an important set of recommendations and necessary steps forward for governments across the country to enact to help ensure a world-class manufacturing sector in Canada.

2012-13 CME Management Issues Survey (October 2012)
The 2012-13 Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Management Issues Survey, conducted in partnership with Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and BDO Canada, examines the current and future state of manufacturing in Canada
where it's at, and where it's going over the next 3-5 years. A total of 649 respondents nationwide provided input to study. The results have a margin of error of 3.8 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Strategic Government Procurement: Driving Business Investment and Innovation (September 2012)
All levels of government must take immediate steps to leverage strategic procurement to create new business opportunities and drive economic growth in communities across the country, according to this new report from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). In the document, CME calls on government leaders to better take advantage of exclusions negotiated in international trade agreements and implement policies that would maximize returns on public investment.

CME Submission on Immigration Planning (August 2012)
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) submitted comments to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on behalf of its membership for the federal government's 2013 immigration levels planning.
These consultations were a welcomed opportunity to voice the challenges, opportunities, and thoughts industry had to share.

CME Pre-Budget Submission to the Federal Government (August 2012)
Canada must improve its tax competitiveness to spur investment, address ongoing labour market challenges, and fuel economic growth
– those are the top priorities outlined by CME in advance of the 2013 federal budget. The report makes several specific recommendations, which include strengthening support for the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, and adopting the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance as a permanent part of the tax system.

Driving Investment, Jobs and Economic Prosperity: A Global Tax Competitiveness Action Plan for British Columbia (May 2012)
British Columbia needs to expedite the adoption of a globally competitive tax regime to transform economic opportunity into good jobs, business growth, and new investment. This report calls on the provincial government to adopt several key recommendations to ensure BC remains a world-class destination for private sector investment and innovation, such as an exemption for manufacturers that will be hit hard by the planned increase in the corporate tax rate, and the introduction of an input tax credit to offset the repeal of the HST.

Letter to Minister Flaherty on Budget 2012 and Proposed Changes to the SR&ED Program (May 2012)
In a letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, close to 50 national industry groups comprising the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition called on the federal government to step back on its proposed changes to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, citing damaging effects to the country's manufacturing sector and its overall innovation performance.

Letter of Comment: Northern Gateway (February 2012)
This letter, authored by CME President & CEO Jayson Myers, was submitted to the Secretary to the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, and calls on policymakers to say "yes" to new energy market opportunities across the Pacific and to the employment and industrial opportunities generated as a result of the Northern Gateway.

Driving Business Innovation: CME Response to the Independent Panel on Federal Support to Research and Development (November 2011)
On October 10, 2011, the Independent Panel on Federal Support to Research and Development 
also known as the Jenkins Panelpublished its report to the Government of Canada, including a number of recommendations on how to strengthen business investment in R&D and overall innovation in Canada.

State of Advanced Manufacturing: A Canadian Perspective (October 2011)
The State of Advanced Manufacturing: A Canadian Perspective is a collaborative project between Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Industry Canada and McMaster University, and details how manufacturers are using innovation, investment in advanced technologies and adding value in global supply chains in response to the intense competitive pressures being faced is today's economy.

2012-13 Federal Budget Recommendations (August 2011)
Budget 2012 must set the framework for sustaining economic growth and at a time of significant market uncertainty. To that end, it must ensure responsible fiscal management while continuing to support business investment in productivity enhancement and innovation. This document details CME's official federal budget recommendations, as presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

CME response to EI premium rate setting consultations (August 2011)
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) submitted a five-page letter to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) with its key recommendations for federal employment insurance (EI) reform and rate setting. The submission was in response to a called for consultations in August.

Five Priorities for a More Competitive Ontario (June 2011)
This is a critical time for Ontarians, as the economy emerges from deep recession. We must continually strive to improve the province’s position as a preferred destination for investing, developing and designing new products, manufacturing, exporting, and creating new jobs, to maintain the standard of living we expect and enjoy.

Recommendations for the Beyond the Border Working Group (May 2011)
In coordination with its partners in the Businesses for Better Borders (B3) Coalition, CME submitted a seven-page letter to chief negotiators in the Beyond the Border Working Group. The letter outlined six key recommendations, all supported by the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, which aim primarily at easing the flow of goods and people across the Canada-US border.

CME Priority Issues for the 41st Parliament (March 2011)
Manufacturing matters. That was the message delivered to politicians during the 2011 federal election campaign. On behalf of approximately 2.5 million voters in the manufacturing and exporting sectors, CME submitted an eight-point plan for a more competitive Canada – priority issues that should shape the economic agenda for the 41st sitting of Parliament.

The Economic Impact of Corporate Tax Rate Reductions (January 2011)
Reducing corporate taxes creates jobs, boosts investment, makes Canada more competitive and puts more money in the pockets of the Canadians. This 36-page report, The Economic Impact of Corporate Tax Reductions, measures the effects that tax cuts at both federal and provincial levels will have on the Canadian economy over the next two years. 

Economic Update for 2011 (January 2011)
Manufacturing and exporting outpaced the Canadian economy in 2010 and will do so again in 2011. In fact, sustaining Canada’s economic recovery depends on a continuing rebound in manufacturing production as well as on the strength of our exports of resources, manufactured goods, and services to markets around the world. CME President & CEO Jayson Myers looks at the year ahead.

Invest to Grow: Technology, Innovation and Canada's Productivity Challenge (2010)
The report illustrates the close relationship that exists between cash flow performance and investments in research and development and in new technology. Its findings also substantiate the recommendations CME has made to government to make the SR&ED tax credit refundable and extend the two-year write-off for investments in manufacturing and processing technologies.

Roadmap to Recovery: Charting a Course for Economic Renewal (2010)
Created by industry for industry, CME's Roadmap to Recovery acts as a new blueprint for economic vitality to ensure the future prosperity of all Canadians. Focusing on five key areas – innovation, skills, global business, supply chain and logistics, and financing – the report highlights critical success factors in each area that will help us solidify a strong economy in this era of recovery.

State of Customer Relationship Management (2010)
CME, Industry Canada, Canadian Services Coalition, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Program for International Competitiveness at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management explore the complex world of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – its role, its evolution and its growing importance in business.

State of Design: The Canadian Report (2010)
In today’s complex business environment, the extent to which firms invest in product design and development (PD&D) is a key determinant of their competitiveness. In general, Canadian fi rms that invest more in PD&D generate additional business benefits from new or significantly improved products, including increased revenue and improved access to new export markets.

Green Supply Chain Management: Manufacturing, A Canadian Perspective (2010)
With increased attention to corporate responsibility and the requirement to comply with environmental regulations, green supply chain management (GSCM) is becoming increasingly important for Canadian manufacturers. While the value of GSCM activities is rarely disputed, literature to-date has been sparse in presenting tangible evidence regarding performance and business benefits.

LEAN Benchmarking for Canadian Manufacturers (2006)
This survey, conducted by CME and Rogers Industrial Media, is the first of its kind in Canada. The main purpose of the project is to identify LEAN performance benchmarks at overall industry and sectoral levels. Keep in-mind, however, best-in-class performance is what counts – not statistical averages. The findings should be interpreted with these caveats in mind.

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