CME Wants Bold Action For Manufacturers

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is calling on the federal government to provide temporary financial relief to companies impacted by supply chain disruptions and work to resolve ‘Buy America’ and other protectionist measures to mitigate serious challenges faced by manufacturers. Appearing before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities, Dennis Darby, CME president and CEO, said the supply chain crisis touches every part of manufacturing and its impacts on Canadian businesses are serious. He said there was no immediate end in sight and that manufacturers need workers and calls for measures to relieve labour shortages, encouraging the government to increase intake targets to 500,000 per year in the economic stream. "Simply put, these problems are holding back the manufacturing sector's recovery and, by extension, the recovery of the overall economy,” he said.