WMS canceled

The National Event for Canada’s Wood Industry
February 24 – 26, 2022 | International Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

WMS cancelled

MISSISSAUGA — The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, scheduled for February 24-26, has been canceled due to the just announced provincial lockdown resulting from governmental concerns about the highly transmissible Omicron variant. “COVID-19 has, once again,  forced our hand to make this difficult decision,” said Tim Fixmer, president and CEO of CCI Canada, organizers of the event. WMS had already been postponed from its November 4-6, 2021 time slot because of COVID-19. On Monday the Ontario government moved the province into a modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, effective today for at least 21 days. As such, indoor meeting and event spaces are closed. “Even if the government begins easing restrictions in February our exhibitors will not have sufficient time to prepare for the event,” said Fixmer. “Our priority is the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors.”  He said WMS will return to its regularly scheduled time slot in Fall of 2023. The date and venue will be announced as soon as possible.

“We remain committed to WMS for the future and for the benefit of the Canadian woodworking industry,” said Fixmer.

2020/Compusoft merger now official

 2020/Compusoft merger was officially finalised on December 1st, 2021

Press release here »

The combined group will specialise in providing solutions for the visualisation, configuration, pricing, quoting and manufacturing of products in highly configured spaces.

For now, 2020 and Compusoft will operate under their respective company names while they work on their new brand. As such, they are conducting a piece of research to define their new combined company name and identity, taking the best of both brands to date.

As they move forward with their research they will be connecting with employees, customers, and partners, including associations,  across the globe to their feedback and perspectives around brand identity.

Vaccine Policy and Covid-19 Small Business Centre Help

Get the answers you need!

According to a KMPG survey, some 62% of employers who are preparing for employees to return to the workplace will require or plan to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination from their employees. As well, 84 per-cent agree that vaccines are key to avoiding another lockdown and should be mandatory.
According to Public Health Canada, as of Nov. 27, 2021, 75.86 per-cent of the population have been fully vaccinated.
Note: Don’t forget CKCA members are CFIB members (those eligibile) and that gives you access to all the latest updates on implementing Covid-19 vaccination policies in your workplace. Be sure to check out CFIB’s Covid-19 Small Business Help Centre. Get the answers and help you need. Forgot your CFIB member number? Call or E-mail us and we can provide that to you. CKCA – 613-493-5858 or info@ckca.ca

Häfele Canada partners with Habitat for Humanity

Congratulations to Häfele Canada for partnering with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Duffering (HabitatHMD) on the not-for-profit’s Tiny Home pilot program. In partnership with the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations, will help increase the available housing stock for their community. Häfele Canada will help to outfit five tiny homes as a first step to establishing affordable housing options for Canadian communities in need.
CKCA knows that many of our members are doing amazing work like this across Canada and we are very proud of the incredible work you do!
We have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Canada to encourage our industry to work with their local centres to donate much needed products, in particular cabinets (boxes and doors). To make it easier we have one contact you are welcome to contact:
Call Rumee Shrestha, National ReStore Donation Manager, Habitat for Humanity Canada
  • T: (416) 644-0988 x 359 OR  C: (647) 289-5064
  • rshrestha@habitat.ca • habitat.ca

Cyber beware this season and always!

Tell your staff to be mindful of the 7 Scams to watch this holiday season
Arm your employees with information from credible sources about the Holiday Scams this season.
Reminder to CKCA Members! The holiday season can be a vulnerable time and Cyber Threats are on the increase! CKCA receives weekly notifications from CCTX (Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange) and there is story after story about cyber attacks.
We released a useful tool to help CKCA members protect their business. Members can access this chart by logging in and checking under the Members Only Resources Section.  This tool is great to share this with your Tech Department and make sure they can answer every question on it.

Olon revitalizes brand architecture

Olon has identified the need to revitalize and update its overall brand architecture making the strategic decision to REFRESH the Olon brand to modernize, maximize, maintain as well as expand its position and market share. This change will also tie in with the company’s 40th Anniversary.

Details here.

Century Initiative – 100 million by 2100

The Century Initiative is pushing for 100,000 million new Canadian into Canada by 2100. Just another example of how immigration and other factors are being tackled by different groups to address the growing shortage of workers into Canada. It is predicted that our GDP will drop to 1.6% if we stay on the current trajectory and do nothing, Century Initiative proposes 2.6% as a healthier goal.
Here’s some of the info the Century Initiative is tracking all more can be found in their informative report here. 
  • Trends in Canada’s population as of October 2020, Canada’s population was approximately 38 million.  Ontario has the highest proportion of the country’s population (39%), followed by Quebec (23%), British Columbia (14%), and Alberta (12%). The rest of the provinces each hold less than 5%.
  • In 2020, 27.3 million Canadians (more than 70% of Canada’s population) lived in cities, with the largest urban areas continuing to grow at a faster rate compared to other parts of Canada, despite recent slowed growth attributed to Covid-19.
  • The average age in Canada is slowly rising (41.4 years as of July 2020) and Canada’s share of seniors continues to grow (18% as of July 2020).
  • Rural and remote parts of Canada are more likely to experience advanced population aging compared to the rest of Canada and cities are more likely to have younger populations.
  • By 2036, seniors are projected to make up around a quarter of Canada’s population.
As we see programs such as the Century Initiative take shape, it’s important we are at the table to be heard! That’s why our partnership with CM&E and CFIB are important because through them we can echo your concerns and the real threat this labour shortage poses to our industry. CM&E and CFIB are working to influence government to make important policy decisions to help us address this massive shortage impacting the manufacturing and business sectors.

Formaldehyde Emissions – Get to Know the New Regulations

Formaldehyde Emissions – Get to know the new regulations

Refreshed Regulations are now available and come into force January 7, 2023. Published in the Canada Gazette we recommend you review the regulations and check with your suppliers as you ready for compliance. Levels of responsibility fall on suppliers as well as manufacturers! Keeping track of compliant product will be important and requires industry record-keeping, labelling and reporting. The new regulations align with the US requirements to help minimize the burden on businesses operating in Canada and the US.
Third party certifiers who certify product can view guidance document here»