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CTMA Attends Manufacturing Day At Queen’s Park

The CTMA recently met with Ministers and MPPs during Manufacturing Day in Queen’s Park on Dec. 7, 2022, to discuss how government and industry can work together to drive investment in manufacturing and grow the sector.

CTMA’s team covered many relevant topics, including labour shortages, the cost of doing business in Ontario and reduction of red tape. Front row from left: Mike Cecconi, Imperial Oil; MPP Laurie Scott; Alexei Miecznikowski, Northern Transformers; Alan Arcand, Chief Economist. Back Row: Chris Hergott, CTMA/XL Tool Inc. Photo courtesy of CTMA.

CTMA President, Chris Hergott; Ray Buxton, Government Relations Chair; and Robert Cattle, Executive Director, met with Charmaine Williams, Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity; Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development; Premier Doug Ford, and many other Ministers and MPPs, to raise awareness for issues affecting CTMA members and members of the industry.

“We must keep manufacturing alive and well throughout Canada,” says Cattle. “Events like these are put in place so that we can continue to communicate this message.”

CTMA’s team covered many relevant topics, including labour shortages, the cost of doing business in Ontario and reduction of red tape.

“After spending the day in meetings with several Ministers and MPPs at Queen’s Park, we had a good feeling that they understood the importance of manufacturing in Ontario,” Hergott states. “They were very impressed with all the initiatives the CTMA has put in place to support high school manufacturing classes and apprenticeships for youth. There is no doubt we are making great connections provincially with members of government.”

In addition, 26 representatives from manufacturing associations held 33 meetings with MPPs and Ministers to discuss why manufacturing is vital to their constituencies/portfolios and how we can support its growth within Ontario.

Robert Cattle had the opportunity to update Premier Ford and Hon. Monte McNaughton about CTMA initiatives, including the Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program. Photo courtesy of CTMA.

“Our team was very pleased to update Premier Doug Ford and Minister Monte McNaughton on CTMA’s initiatives, including purchasing new high-tech equipment for high schools through our Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program,” adds Buxton. “We thank Premier Ford, Monte McNaughton and all the MPPS and Ministers that took the time to listen to us during Manufacturing Day.”

The CTMA is a member of Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, which is comprised of more than 30 industry associations representing all sectors of the Canadian industrial economy. Collectively, their associations represent roughly 100,000 companies and 1.8 million workers, coast-to-coast, the majority of which are Ontario-based and focused.

It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 180 member companies within the precision metalworking industry. The CTMA represents, supports, and promotes the interests of the Canadian tooling and precision metalworking industries.

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