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Manufacturers call for action plan to double manufacturing by 2030

Published by Brad Fougere on December 02, 2015

The Ontario government needs to double down on its support for the province's manufacturing sector. That was the message delivered today at Queen's Park by a large delegation of manufacturers in meetings with the Premier, Ministers, MPPs and senior officials in the Ontario government. 

CME and manufacturers with Kathleen Wynne

The meetings, which were organized by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, focused on raising the profile of issues critical to driving investment in manufacturing and growing the sector that accounts for $287 billion in provincial GDP and 81 per cent of exports in 2014 despite challenges stemming from the economic downturn.

“Manufacturing adds more total value to the Ontario economy than it does in any other province,” says Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters President and CEO Jayson Myers who chairs the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition. “Because of the importance of the sector we challenged the provincial government to work with Ontario manufacturers on a strategic plan aimed at doubling manufacturing output and value-added exports by 2030 and create millions of new jobs and billions of new economic activity. Together, we will manufacture change.”

Jayson Myers with Kathleen Wynne photo

“The discussions on the future of manufacturing focussed on the opportunities as well as the obstacles to growth that prevent Ontario manufacturers from maximizing their potential and attracting new investment,” Myers says. 

Some of the key obstacles to growth include:

  • Government must provide sufficient supports for investment and growth efforts, including support for mandate attraction, advanced and energy efficient technologies;  
  • Regulations must be simplified and streamlined to encourage productivity, investment and innovation;
  • High energy prices must be globally competitive; and,
  • Governments must reduce the cost of doing business and not add additional burdens that make production costs uncompetitive;
  • Skilled labour gaps must be closed to reduce the current constraints on growth and productivity.

"The manufacturing sector in Ontario has underperformed the national average since the early-2000s. However, we believe manufacturing has a bright future in Ontario and across the country and have pledged to our members and to Ontario’s leadership that we will work together with government and Ontario’s manufacturing firms to address the challenges and build on the advantages Canada’s manufacturing heartland holds,” Myers says.

About the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition

The Canadian Manufacturing Coalition brings together 55 sector associations, chaired by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, to speak with one voice on manufacturing matters. Collectively, the associations represent roughly 100,000 companies and 2.5 million workers, coast to coast, the majority of which are Ontario based and focused.

 

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