BARRIE (June 23, 2016) - Today Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) hosted an Industrie 2030 roundtable at County of Simcoe Administration Office with industry leaders on innovation, investment, skills, global business, and the future of manufacturing in Canada.

Industrie 2030 roundtables are being held across the country to listen to Canadian manufacturers; input received from the roundtables will provide the foundation for a national strategy to double manufacturing and value added exports.

Today we heard many great examples and suggestions on how to accomplish these objectives, including:

  • Critical need for governments and industry to proactively attract youth into careers in manufacturing;
  • Industry and governments need to work more closely with secondary schools, colleges, universities, and apprenticeship and training programs to define future skills requirements; industry requires a workforce with multiple skill sets that are cross functional;
  • Government support programs need to ‎better align to modern manufacturing and business realities, including modernizing the SR&ED program and investment supports, both of which are currently ‎based on outdated business realities; and,
  • Help Canadian manufacturers expand their global footprint.

CME and its partners will continue to hold Industrie 2030 consultations on ‎the future of manufacturing in Canada until September 2016; the action report will be released at the first Manufacturing Summit on October 18-19, 2016 in Ottawa.

For more information about Industrie 2030 contact: Marie Morden at marie.morden@cme-mec.ca