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Ontario helping manufacturers stay competitive

McGuinty Government Works With Industry To Cut Waste, Improve Efficiency

The provincial government is helping Ontario manufacturers become more efficient and increase their competitiveness in the global economy.

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium will use $500,000 in government funding to hold more than 90 "lean training" sessions for companies across Ontario.   The training will show manufacturers how to achieve:

  • Less waste - saving money and sending less material to landfill 
  • Better workflow - reducing the number of steps required to do a task, reducing worker fatigue and boosting productivity 
  • Smoother equipment changeovers - getting production lines back in action sooner and improving worker safety.

In high-volume factories making thousands of units, even the smallest improvements deliver big results.

For example, one company working with EMC improved its set-up for loading skids at the end of a production line.   The company was able to save a four-person crew the equivalent of walking more than 7,000 miles per year - that's more than a quarter of the way around the world.

Quick Facts

  • EMC is Canada's largest manufacturing consortium. The not-for-profit association works with its members to achieve greater global competitiveness through sharing industry-leading knowledge and expertise.

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“This is another example of how we can partner strategically with Ontario manufacturers to lift our companies to the next level of competitiveness and innovation. It's about adding value to compete in the global economy.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development

“The McGuinty government understands how important Ontario's manufacturing sector is to the provincial economy. Through our five-point economic plan, our government is doing everything it can to help our world class companies succeed.”

Monte Kwinter

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development

“In the words of an EMC member: 'Lean is the single best way for manufacturers to remain competitive.' EMC's Lean Training is one of the most comprehensive programs available in North America and has enabled our members achieve significant productivity improvements. With the province's help, we will provide more than 1,600 new participants with the opportunity to access Lean training which they can take back to their companies and put into immediate action for tangible results.”

Al Diggins

EMC's President and General Manager



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