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.

CKCA’s Cyber Risk Tool

You don’t have to understand all the tech, but you do have to understand the risk – Use this CKCA tool!

You can’t be an expert at everything. You have to delegate to others to ensure your business is protected against cyber security.

CKCA went to THE source for cyber security insights and have partnered with Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange to produce this handy checklist»

Give this checklist to your IT contact and get them to go through it and respond to you. Remember it won’t be your IT contact paying the ransomware, it will be you! So if you want to make sure your IT has got your business covered, show them this list and see what they say.

Did you know about 70% of Canadian companies have experienced an attack and that number is growing?

It can’t happen to you? Really? Check out these stories:

  • Trail Appliances, western Canada’s largest appliance retailer has been impacted by a Cyberattack. Read more »
  • Drowning in threat information? Getting advice from the right sources is important. Read more»
  • At the end of the day, every organization owns the responsibility to acquire, implement and manage their IT. Read more»

What values have you imprinted on your company?

What values have you imprinted on your company?

By Amrita Bhogal, Human Resources, Sunrise Kitchens


Values are unique to everyone. Your values come from many various areas of your life, with the majority of them being instilled in us as young children. The values you inherit are what influence your choices and business practices. But are your values aligned with your company’s? As business owners, it is important to revisit this topic often and ensure the decisions made within the company are aligned. Values dictate the standard of behaviours, and these behaviours can help influence change to continually grow or decline.


Many businesses state their values with only the external customer in mind.  This is a great start, however, we should not stop there. In my opinion as an HR representative, the most important values that should be established are for the internal customers (i.e. your employees). This will improve the direction you want to lead your team in, and if everyone is clear on these values, it will positively impact the most difficult change in any business – a change in culture.


Action plan:

  • Analyze and align values established for external and internal customers
  • Bridge gaps between all levels of the organization
  • Bring values into recruiting process – hire candidates that practice similar values


Catch me at the CKCA National Forum in Calgary to hear more on how we can get in front of labour shortages by focusing on values, culture and kaizen.

Behaviors Dictate Culture

The culture statement on your wall does not validate your organization’s culture, the everyday actions of your people do. Culture is complicated and a one-time brainstorm session on your culture statement does not manifest the ideal culture you want to form.


Your culture is driven by the everyday communication, actions and decisions that are taken by your people, whether it be managers or your front-line employees. Creating a culture you want for your organization is a lifetime of constant work. There are many ways you can drive the culture you want through your people.


Where to get started:

  1. It all starts with values – re-evaluating your values to ensure they will be used when communicating, decision making, and everyday actions (involve the people in the organization when establishing them)
  2. Educate the organization through value-based activities – this creates a strong connection
  3. Most importantly stop behaving against your values


As an HR professional, I have concluded you’re always working on your culture because you are constantly improving your people. People = Culture. The constant mindset of improving your people and the actions that make it happen drives your culture. A place to start creating the ideal workplace culture is through your communication as it drives the actions which results in behaviors.


Want more? Start a conversation through Social Media:

Instagram: amrita_bhogal

LinkedIn: amrita bhogal


Amrita Bhogal

Human Resources

Sunrise Kitchens Ltd

Why Buy Canadian?

CKCA is dedicated to the ongoing continuous improvement in the Kitchen Cabinet sector!
One of the key things we want to promote is a “Made in Canada“ product.

CKCA has developed a tool to help kitchen manufacturers promote their Canadian products.  Get all the details here.

CKCA Members can get a pamphlet template to use at home shows and other trade shows. If you want information on getting the template, please contact info@ckca.ca.

Here are some of the top reasons to buy Canadian:

  • Canada is innovative and our manufacturers follow latest trends to bring you the most current European designs without having to pay higher prices to bring product from Europe.
  • Canada uses the same construction methods as Europe.
  • Canada is well respected world-wide for its wood crafting, we are excellent cabinetmakers!
  • CKCA members may carry the only Canadian kitchen cabinet manufacturing certification in Canada, this credential gives the consumer a level of quality assurance you cannot get anywhere else (please click here for a list of certified CKCA member manufacturers).
  • Support the local Canadian Economy – employ local people and support local businesses.
  • Avoid the hidden extra costs of duties and import fees.
  • Quality lead times – no need to wait for shipments from overseas, helps local sales service
  • Local after sales service, ease of warranty issue dilemmas.
  • Our products meet Canada’s Health and Safety standards due to the high regulation of our industry as a result our products keep us all safe.
  • Direct impact on our economy in positive ways, every dollar that is spent in Canada buying Canadian products has a ripple effect. We contribute to the large tax revenue base that helps fund our government programs.
  • You help to create and support manufacturing jobs in Canada which in turn provides more workers who will pay taxes, spend money buying other goods and services that maintains a healthy Canadian economy, nationally, provincially and locally.
  • You help reduce the carbon footprint when you buy a Canadian Cabinet. Far less transportation costs.
  • Melamine used in cabinet construction meets or exceeds the HUD Standards for emissions.
  • Water based finishes help to reduce our VOC’s and helps protect our environment.
  • Our workers are paid and treated fairly, work in a safe and sanitary environments.
  • Canadian kitchen companies meet and/or exceed high employment standards.
  • Buying Canadian is patriotic and makes you feel good that your consumer dollars are going to fellow Canadians and keeping our economy strong.

Work with a CKCA member today!

Business Transition

How do you make sure your business will thrive after the current generation steps away? vNacelle is working with small business owners to assist with that transition and can provide some insights

What do more than 8 million family owned and privately held businesses in the US and Canada have in common?

–          They likely face an ownership transition in the next 10 years

–          Research says $8-$10 trillion in ownership value will be changing hands

–          70% of the owners have no transition strategy

Source: vNacelle – Note: The company has now changed its name to “The Transition Strategists”. A wide range of information is available from their website here. 

The Crucial Development Opportunities for the Next Generation of Owners in the Family Business

Most entrepreneurs by nature are lifelong learners. That skill allows them to continue to grow with their company while navigating the increasing complexity and risk company growth brings. By the time they are ready to transition their business to the next generation, operating the business has become second nature to them. They often don’t even realize just how much they know.  Read the full article here.


Environment and Sustainability




Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home.

Habitat would like to partner with CKCA members to ensure unwanted, obsolete and old inventory is put to good use.  This benefits you, the environment and your community.

Please consider donating, find all the information here.



The wood industry has changed and continues to evolve.

Consumers who purchase Canadian built kitchens are taking an environmental step!

Buying Canadian built means consumers are supporting their local/regional/Canadian wood industry who must comply with Canadian environmental law. Buying locally built reduces the shipping footprint from products manufactured in other countries. Know more about where products come from and what’s in them. Don’t forget, Canadian cabinetmakers live in our communities too!

FSC – Forest Stewardship Council – Click here to learn more.

National Forest Management System (refreshed standard) click here.

Look for and shop for products with the FSC symbol.

Consider  FSC certification and show customers your commitment to the environment.

Andrew Tremblay, Market Development Manager at FSC gave an excellent presentation to CKCA attendees at the CKCA Regional Event in Halifax, NS in September 2019.  With refreshed standards that took 10 years to build, this organization has something to offer manufacturers looking to build consumer confidence in their products.  Here’s a quick summary of what Andrew had to say. But also, consider FSC certification and buy FSC certified wood products.

Green Building is a bit of a trendy topic these days. Almost everyone in the industry is looking for solutions to make buildings more sustainable. Learn more about how Akzo Nobel is developing products and technologies that have a positive impact.

Do you share your green policy with your clients?

Why not place something in your showroom and on your website and tell customers. They aren’t asking? Tell them anyway. It could be the tipping point to making a decision to buy Canadian and from your shop!

Cabinetworks in Halifax, NS has their green commitment on display in their showroom.

CKCA Members Discuss Their Experiences at 2019 KBIS in Las Vegas

CKCA Members Attend the 2019 KBIS show in Las Vegas

Covering 430,000 net square feet and 600 exhibitors host design and construction pros at the Las Vegas Convention Center

The 2019 Kitchen & Bath Industry Trade Show (KBIS), the largest North American event for kitchen and bath design professionals, welcomed designers, builders, technology integrators, dealers and kitchen and bath showroom professionals — and even a little bit of snow —along with more than 600 exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center, February 19-21. Early estimates indicate an increase of 30% attendance over 2018; the sixth consecutive year of attendee growth. Floor space increased, expanding to more than 1 million net square feet between KBIS and the co-located International Builders Show (IBS), which together make up Design & Construction Week. More than 400,000 NSF of show floor space has already been secured for KBIS 2020, returning to Las Vegas January 21-23, 2020.

So what was it like attending this massive event? 

CKCA member, Gerald Van Woudenberg of Van Arbour Design, Jim Lawrence of Avondale Kitchens and CKCA President, Mike Slobodian of Decor Cabinets Ltd, had the opportunity to attend and here are some of their takeaways:

  • The show was well attended, both from a supplier and attendee point of view (actually broke records) apparently)
  • It snowed for the first time in Vegas!
  • The US market is a fair bit different than the Canadian market, they are slower to adopt the frameless construction method, choosing to do a lot of full overlays of framed cabinetry to give the look of the more contemporary styles (probably related more to a need to change a whole manufacturing line which would be expensive…)  Frameless construction adoption is starting with companies like Wellborn implementing a frameless line in their facility.
  • The US market is still more of a traditional and transitional market than contemporary, but the hardcore traditional continues to shrink
  • The Chinese presence continues to increase, both in the kitchen cabinets as well as the stainless steel hoods, sinks, and a very significant number of engineered “stone” manufacturers.
  • The most significant area of Chinese presence, in my view, was the number of large displays dedicated to Chinese-made cabinets. This will continue to be a very real challenge to our industry in that they are able to manufacture at a significantly reduced cost.
  • In the hardware department, the major manufactures were well represented, showcasing a lot of lift-up systems and sliding door options as well as internal drawer organizational systems, a lot of them in wood grains.
  • Lighting inside of cabinetry is increasing, along with the hardware options related to them
  • Lots of floating vanities, mix of materials, lots of under sink drawers
  • Gold brass is everywhere, from taps to cabinetry hardware
  • The appliance manufacturers were there in full force again, great to see
  • Lots of textured laminates
  • Jim has attended this show many times so was looking to do something different – he chose to attend the seminars, thought there was an amazing lineup
  • show has grown from 2 football fields to 4 football field, Jim couldn’t resist still walking the show! and was looking to pick up something on the builder side to work with ERP type systems,( has a 14,000 square-foot facility and under 20 employees), has been resisting the $80K price tag on ERP’s, but sought input from a colleague who got rid of their ERP and is using a specific software instead, Jim is now trying out the software too and so far so good
  • number of manufacturers with display booths for job site delivery vehicles, Murphy bed systems, hidden closet door systems and many other related items
  • Jim confesses he goes home with big bag loads of literature he tosses 11 months later, this year, he resolves to read it

Here’s a quick highlights video of the show: