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Ontario Government commits in improve manufacturers’ competitiveness in Speech from the Throne

Published by Stefi Proulx on July 12, 2018

TORONTO (July 11, 2018) – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) congratulates the Ontario government for committing to improve the business environment in the province in Speech from the Throne.

“We are encouraged that the government listened to our input and announced its intentions to make Ontario more competitive. In particular, lowering energy prices, reducing red-tape for businesses and cutting taxes for SMEs, are all actions CME had called on the government take,” said Dennis Darby, President & CEO of CME. “We look forward to working with the government to implement these important measures.”

“Ontario’s future prosperity depends on our strong manufacturing capabilities and ability to compete. Almost one-third of all economic activity and jobs across the province is linked to manufacturing, which is at risk if we fail to invest, innovate, grow and compete. While the commitments announced today are a step a right direction, a manufacturing strategy is critical to the economic success of Ontario,” stated Darby.  “We are committed to continue working with Premier Ford and his team to create a manufacturing strategy that is strong, coordinated, and one that will bring sustained growth and prosperity for our businesses and our communities.”

During the election campaign, CME launched Manufacturing Matters, a digital advocacy campaign voicing the need for a manufacturing strategy. The campaign gathered thousands of supporters. CME is currently holding roundtables with manufacturers across the province to gather input on a plan to double manufacturing output and exports in Ontario by 2030. 

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.

For more information, please contact:
Stefi Proulx
Director of Communications & Branding
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters



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