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