McGuinty Government Committed To Long-Term Success For Ontario Manufacturers

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McGuinty Government Committed To Long-Term Success For Ontario Manufacturers

Ontario Manufacturing Council Vice-Chairs Appointed To Support Key Sector QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 4 - The McGuinty government has appointed two manufacturing sector experts as the Vice-Chairs of the province's first Manufacturing Council, Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade announced today. "The McGuinty government is committed to securing long-term success for the manufacturing sector," said Pupatello. "Manufacturing is extremely important to Ontario's economic prosperity. Our government knows the sector faces challenges. We know there are problems that must be solved. This Council is a valuable addition to our manufacturing response and competitiveness strategy, which helps Ontario manufacturers innovate, compete and adjust to global restructuring." Jayson Myers, President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and Jim Stanford, Economist with the Canadian Auto Workers, will provide recommendations to the government on investment, innovation, trade, market development, energy and the environment. They will also advise on human resources and regulatory issues that affect the global competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector. "The experience and strategic leadership that Jim and Jayson bring to this task are a major win for the Council and Ontario's manufacturing sector. They have experienced the ups and downs of manufacturing in Ontario, and they know what it takes to be successful in an aggressively competitive global environment," Pupatello said. The McGuinty government announced its commitment to establish the Ontario Manufacturing Council in the 2007 Budget. The Council will be made up of manufacturing stakeholders who will examine the sector's long-term needs and recommend to government, strategic approaches on sustaining growth and increasing global competitiveness. "Ontario's extensive infrastructure, skilled workforce and low-cost research and development opportunities can foster long-term manufacturing success province-wide and around the globe," said Myers. "I look forward to working with the Council to develop a strategic framework that leverages these advantages and builds on the strengths of our manufacturing sector." "I'm very pleased to Vice-Chair the Council, which is an important and timely initiative," said Stanford. "Manufacturing is so vital to the economic health of Ontario. We all depend on the spin-off benefits that manufacturing generates, and we need to enlist all stakeholders in an effort to keep the sector healthy." "Small and medium-sized manufacturers comprise 99.5 per cent of all manufacturing establishments in Ontario," said Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "This Council is yet another strong initiative from our government that helps manufacturers and small and medium-sized businesses overcome the challenges they face and prosper in Ontario." Key initiatives of the Ontario government's manufacturing response and competitiveness strategy include: - Next Generation Jobs Fund - A $1.15 billion fund aimed at creating high-value jobs, reducing greenhouse gases and spurring significant new investment in high potential areas of Ontario's economy including clean automotive, environmental technologies, biotech, ICT and digital media - Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy - A $500 million initiative that has leveraged more than $7 billion in new investment and created thousands of high-value jobs in Ontario's auto sector - Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy - A $500 million strategy that promotes the use of leading-edge technologies and processes and has supported a range of innovative projects that will generate about $617 million in new investment and help create or retain about 3,400 jobs, over five years - MPP David Ramsay will review the current competitive challenges and drivers facing Ontario's manufacturers, particularly small- to medium-sized firms, examine how other jurisdictions have responded and propose measures to assist manufacturing-based communities, including smaller (less than 25,000 residents) and northern communities. Disponible en français www.ontariocanada.com Contact Info For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416) 325-6907; David Bauer, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, (416) 325-8773 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office, (416) 325-6907; David Bauer, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, (416) 325-8773