CME Calls For Urgent Action On Labour Shortages And Supply Chains In Budget 2023

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) | October 5th, 2022 – OTTAWA

Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), today called on the federal government to address manufacturers’ top concerns in Budget 2023.

In an appearance before the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Finance, Darby stated that “our industry is grappling with some of the hardest challenges it has ever faced. Chronic labour shortages, ongoing supply chain disruptions, massive looming transitional investments to get to net-zero, and trade uncertainty, all threaten Canadian manufacturers.” Darby added: “our members tell us, and our research confirms it, that if we do not act now to resolve these challenges, Canada risks being shut out future advanced manufacturing mandates.”

To overcome these challenges, Darby outlined CME’s five-point plan for the upcoming fiscal update and federal budget:

  • Step 1: Implement a national industrial strategy for Canada
  • Step 2: Reduce labour shortages
  • Step 3: Fix supply chain disruptions
  • Step 4: Grow business investment and exports
  • Step 5: Help manufacturers transition to a net-zero future

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