Ontario government consults the plastics sector on competitiveness issues
TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - The Ontario Government will seek input from the plastics industry this summer to discover ways to keep Ontario companies competitive in a global marketplace, Jim Flaherty, Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, announced today.
Dr. Doug Galt, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, will hold a series of roundtable meetings with representatives from a number of plastics firms, industry experts and associations across the province in an effort to identify the competitiveness challenges. The plastics industry will be the first in a series of sectors to be consulted over the next several months regarding competitiveness issues.
"We need to understand the competitiveness challenges and opportunities facing our key sectors in a global marketplace," Flaherty said. "The best place to find answers is to speak to experts in the field and the companies themselves."
"The plastics products industry is an important one for Ontario," Dr. Galt said. "More than 2,000 plastics firms employ over 83,000 Ontarians and this province exports $4 billion worth of plastics products. These consultations will identify business concerns and generate ideas to improve the competitiveness of the sector."
The competitiveness consultations are consistent with the May 2002 Speech from the Throne, which said the government would seek ideas for Ontario to be more competitive and increase productivity, so that Ontario will remain a leader in Canada and a competitive force around the world.
Dr. Galt will submit his report on the plastics industry, including recommendations arising from the consultation, to Minister Flaherty in the fall.
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For further information: Media contact: Al Hoffman, Parliamentary Assistant Galt's Office, (416) 325-6390