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Passage of Bill 148 Leaves Many Concerns Unanswered: CME

Published by Marie Morden on November 23, 2017

Toronto (November 23, 2017) -- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is concerned with the passage of Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, despite repeated cautions, based on sound economic analysis and in-depth consultation with our membership, that the changes will have a negative impact on Ontario's manufacturers. "For the manufacturing sector, the substantial increase in costs of doing business in Ontario associated with Bill 148 will certainly result in fewer jobs and could impact larger investments," said Ian Howcroft, Senior Vice-President of CME. "Manufacturers are operating in a highly competitive global market and, the new and rapid increased costs to will affect Ontario's competitiveness and could result in regrettable unintended consequences that will impact businesses, workers and, the economy."

CME was pleased to see the government acknowledged its concerns through the fall economic statement and elsewhere but, cautions that these measures fall short of offsetting the costs on Bill 148Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. "One of our member estimates the new requirements will result in $400,000 to $500,000 in new costs while the reductions in the small business corporate tax rate would save $5,000," stated Howcroft.

Other changes on scheduling and personal emergency leave continue to create a great deal of uncertainty amongst businesses as they wait for the government to address these through guidance and regulations. CME concerns about significant privacy implications associated with changes to the Labour Relations Act were also not fully addressed in the Bill.

"CME will continue to advocate on behalf of Ontario manufacturers on these issues," affirmed Howcroft.

About the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 - a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada's exports.

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Stefi Proulx                                                                              
Senior Communications Advisor                                         
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters              

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