CKCA working with alliances on labour shortage issues

Association part of a coalition that met with federal industry minister

The CKCA recently participated with a manufacturers’ advocacy group that pressed concerns about labour shortages in Canada with the federal government. In January, the CKCA executive director Sandra Wood took part in a video conference meeting with the federal industry minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who assured the group its concerns were recognized. CKCA is pivoting from this meeting to advance the labour concerns of the advanced wood manufacturing industry.

CKCA is one of 30 manufacturing trade associations that comprise the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition (CMC). The association became involved with this coalition as a result of its working relationship and alliance with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

In the meeting with minister Champagne, the CMC stressed the need for urgent government action on the triple threat of supply chain bottlenecks, labour shortages, and trade protectionism. The minister heard from a number of manufacturing industry leaders including automotive, steel, food, and pharmaceuticals. Dennis Darby, the president and CEO of CME and also the chair of the CMC emphasized that all manufacturing industries are facing the same problems. One of the points raised in the coalition’s presentations was the need for a formal federal strategy to support Canadian manufacturers.

Minister Champagne appeared receptive to the CMC’s presentations and stated he recognized the many issues challenging manufacturers. In retrospect, Darby thought the meeting was useful, “This is a good first step, but now we need to see concrete action by the government to start addressing these challenges… We want to strengthen our sector and see it grow so it can continue to drive our economy. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with government to achieve that goal.”

The CMC, CKCA included, will continue to work with the minister’s office and government officials to address manufacturing concerns. It is imperative that manufacturers continue to dialogue with government and share data and news of how global and domestic events are impacting their industries.

The CKCA recognizes the immediate need to compile data on the advanced wood manufacturing industry. To advance its arguments for more responsive labour policies and government programs, the association must develop an informative picture of the current state of its labour shortage situation. It is working with the Canadian Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario (another member of the CMC) and other aligned organizations to gather data and develop the compelling arguments. The CKCA Advocacy Committee is contributing to this ongoing work that will eventually be part of the CMC presentation.

“This is important ground work that CKCA is undertaking to help our industry meet its labour shortage needs,” observes Sandra Wood. “We must leverage our alliances, as Canadian manufacturers of all kinds are experiencing the same problems and working towards similar resolutions. A reliable, skilled labour pool is a must for Canada’s economic growth.”

Häfele Canada Delivers Innovative Solutions for Small-space Living

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Häfele’s smart innovations maximize space for compact living with all the features of home

Burlington, ON. (February 23, 2022) –  Häfele, a leading manufacturer of hardware and fitting systems, is becoming a forerunner in providing innovative solutions for small-space living. As the average family size shrinks and housing prices continue to rise due to increasingly limited housing in our densest urban areas, there is an undeniable cultural shift toward smaller, more flexible ways to live. New innovations in furniture design have allowed for efficient layouts and coherent details that provide a high degree of functionality in an apartment, condo, loft, or other micro-living configuration.

Häfele has been a pioneering force in developing innovative furniture fittings and architectural hardware components for residential, hospitality, and commercial applications. With a range of organization and storage solutions, many Häfele innovations are ideally suited to small-space living.

Häfele Wall Beds

Häfele Wall Beds are a space-saving solution for lofts, guest rooms, and home offices. Built with a sturdy steel frame and wood-slatted mattress supports, each wall bed includes integrated folding feet that automatically extend as the bed is opened and retracts when closing. Choose from single/twin, double/full, or Queen size models. Häfele Wall Beds come fully assembled and include a drilling template for easy alignment and installation.                                                                                 

Vauth-Sagel by Häfele

Create accessible storage in existing cabinetry with retrofit-ready kitchen accessories courtesy of Vauth-Sagel by Häfele. This impressive line of kitchen organization solutions encompasses waste sorting systems and smart storage for base, corner, or full-height cabinetry to optimize every inch of the kitchen, regardless of the layout.

Slido Sliding Door Systems

Slido sliding door systems provide comprehensive sliding solutions for interior doors, partition wall systems, room solutions, or furniture doors. Employ Slido by Häfele to create flexible room layouts to maximize compact living or office environments. Slido provides options for linear, flush, folding, and pivot sliding doors to fit any room or furniture configuration.

Symphony Wall Organizer

The Symphony Wall Organizer is an innovative and stylish way to store and organize items in closets, mudrooms, hallways, bedrooms, and beyond. With a variety of compatible accessories, this slim solution is visually pleasing and can be adapted to changing storage needs with compatible hooks and accessories. Choose from four bold metal finishes and three soft vegan leather options for ultimate design versatility.

Loox LED Lighting

Control your environment through Loox LED task, ambient, and accent lighting. Create emphasis or set the mood with a variety of linear and spotlight configurations in monochrome, multi-white or RGB lights capable of producing a multitude of hues. Changing the light level and tone can help differentiate spaces within a micro-living environment by creating depth and height and increasing functionality. Lighting can be controlled in many ways, including a traditional wall switch, touch-free with motion sensor, and wirelessly through an app on a mobile device.


The Häfele Ironfix Shelf-Mounted Ironing Board is a compact way to keep clothes wrinkle-free. This fold-away solution can be easily installed in closets or laundry rooms and features 180° rotation. IronFix ironing boards are also available for wall-mounted or drawer installation.

Several of these small-space solutions are featured in the Tiny Homes pilot project, an initiative launched by Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga-Dufferin (HMD). The program is providing high school students with invaluable hands-on skilled trades experience while helping to move forward innovating housing options and solutions that are in line with Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Through Habitat’s Indigenous Housing Partnership, and with their housing partner on this pilot project – The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations – Habitat for Humanity HMD will establish affordable housing options for Indigenous community members.

For more information on these unique Häfele small-space solutions or to learn more about the brand’s involvement with the Habitat for Humanity Tiny Homes initiative, please contact Allison Kennedy at


About Häfele Canada

Since 1983, Häfele Canada has been a recognized partner in the building industry, working with manufacturers, millworkers, contractors, construction professionals, architects, and interior designers. Häfele is a leading worldwide manufacturer of furniture and architectural hardware components that improve the functionality of cabinets, doors, kitchens, bathrooms, and other living and working environments. LED lighting, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, furniture fittings and kitchen storage solutions are but a few of the essential categories Häfele offers. The company operates internationally in more than 150 countries. Learn more at

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Marathon Hardware presents Viefe New Looks Winter Collection

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Marathon Hardware presents the Viefe New Looks Winter Decorative Collection
Mississauga, ON – Marathon is proud to present the Viefe New Looks Winter Decorative Collection. The collection showcases two new designer handles – Rail and Pura – as well as the Floid handle and knob combination. The collection is set against the backdrop of three areas of the home – kitchen, closet, and laundry room.
“Viefe has many beautifully designed pieces of decorative cabinet hardware. As the exclusive North American distributor, we are always excited to present the latest models from this elite Spanish brand,” says Craig Atkinson, Director of Marketing.
The winter collection will be released throughout January, February, and March of 2022. You can learn more by visiting our Website or on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Marathon Hardware
Marathon Hardware is a Canadian cabinet hardware distributor serving the needs of manufacturers and designers. Their extensive product offering includes a complete range of decorative hardware, kitchen storage accessories, and functional hardware. At the heart of everything they do is a focus on what matters most to their customers: Quality, Innovation, and Service.
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About Viefe
Viefe is a Spanish handle manufacturer that specializes in affordable, designer cabinet hardware. As an exclusive distribution partner of Marathon, Viefe shares the same values to always put the customer first by providing superior products and customer service.
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Working up the chain on the supply chain issue

CKCA is a member of the Canadian Manufacturer’s Coalition. We provide input and “feed it up the chain” about the issues we face in our sector so that our voice is heard. While we share many of the same challenges as other manufacturing sectors, it’s important we present a unified voice when speaking with Government. We are pleased to see CME continuing it’s work to seek solutions with Government to address the supply chain which is causing many difficulties across all sectors.

CME Urges Swift and Sustained Action at Supply Chain Summit (Jan 31, 2022)

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) took part in the federal government’s supply chain summit hosted today by Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra. With the goal of improving Canada’s supply chains, the summit was also attended by five other federal Ministers – Trade Minister Mary Ng, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan.

CME’s primary objective was to press the government to commit to sustained action on fixing supply chain problems that are impacting manufacturing operations across the country. Specifically, CME called on the government to create sector specific task forces that will identify supply chain problems and their solutions, and that the government will commit to implementing the task forces’ recommendations.

Further to sharing solutions, CME explained how supply chains are impacting manufacturers and offered the following priority recommendations:

  • Address all transportation bottlenecks and avoid policies that will aggravate them further;
  • Speed up immigration into Canada to fill vacant jobs in manufacturing and other key sectors; and
  • Provide government assistance for manufacturers still struggling with the impacts of supply chain disruptions.

Today’s meeting builds on CME’s months-long advocacy push to mitigate some of the impacts manufacturers have been experiencing with supply chain disruptions. From parts and ingredient shortages to trucker mandates impacting the cost and availability of transportation services, CME will continue to press for improvements on all these challenges behind the scenes and in the media

Richelieu introduces 2022 Collection Catalogue of Decorative Hardware

Richelieu, the specialty hardware and manufacturing company, is proud to introduce its new catalog featuring new pulls and knobs in a wide range of trending styles and finishes. As the most complete collection of cabinet hardware on the market, Richelieu offers unparalleled quality craftsmanship, unique styles, and breathtaking designs that everyone will love. The new 2022 Collection catalog from Richelieu is filled with unique, on-trend designs in sought-after finishes with a wide choice of pulls and knobs in traditional, transitional, and contemporary styles from clean simple lines to distinctive details. Richelieu is introducing a bold array of new finishes, a variety of materials, as well as unique shapes and textures in a range of sizes to suit every project need.

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Sunrise Kitchens announces focus on multi-family cabinet projects

We are pleased to announce that Sunrise has changed its focus to multi-family kitchen cabinet projects due to extensive growth and demand within the tower construction industry.

Over the past three years, we have made a significant investment to create an 80,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility where our new automated line is set up from mass production of multiple cabinets at the same time.

We are so proud to share with you some major changes to our multi-family kitchen cabinet production facility, product quality, and customer service!

  • Increased our capacity by 50% – now able to produce 25 kitchens per day – providing capacity for multiple projects
  • Switched to European supplier GRASS for premium hinges and drawer slides
  • Enhanced our quality with fully integrated PUR, laser edge banding, invisible joint technology and zero glue lines
  • Automated cabinet and parts wrapping system with RFID shipment tracking – 125 kitchens delivered per week
  • Highest level of service and warranty in the industry with dedicated and responsive Team

Our dedicated completion team has been set up for success with protocols to ensure cabinets are correct and complete, delivered securely in our corporate fleet, and arrive safe and ready for installation conducted in an efficient professional manner.

Visit the Why Sunrise section of our website to learn more!

Compusoft and 2020 Merger

On December 1, 2021, Compusoft and 2020 united, bringing together 65+ years of collective industry expertise and a shared passion for innovation. Together, the group will provide end-to-end solutions that power sales across the value chain in the kitchen, bathroom, office, furniture, and window & door industries. From customer inspiration through to design and production, businesses involved in creating residential and commercial spaces for life will benefit from industry-specific technology and seamless content exchange. The joint company will significantly expand its global footprint and will be complemented by local experts with more than 2,000 employees across Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

2020 and Compusoft have a shared passion for their customers and delivering excellence. The aim is to bring together the best of both companies to build an organization that better serves customers in every interaction. The combined global presence provides world-class support and sales with a local touch, providing the best possible customer experience. Customers will benefit from the expanded portfolio, localized expertise and collective R&D team for new innovations. Amazing results can be expected when the industry’s best software developers work together.

“This is an exciting time for our company and our industry,” said Joerg Brauns, senior director of business development at 2020 and CKCA board member. “With our shared passion, experience and expertise, we are in an excellent position to serve our customers and the Canadian kitchen industry.”