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Helping manufacturers increase productivity

McGuinty Government And Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Working Together To Boost Competitiveness

The Government of Ontario and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) launched a joint initiative today to help small and medium-sized companies secure and create jobs by becoming more productive and more competitive.

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, backed by a $25-million investment by the provincial government, will be helping small and medium-sized manufacturers increase their competitiveness in the global economy through a new program called SMART.

The SMART program will provide up to 50 per cent of eligible program costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per project, and focuses on three key areas that can help Ontario manufacturers get ahead:

  • Lean manufacturing and process improvements
  • Information and communications technology
  • Energy efficiency.

More information about the SMART Program can be found at http://www.cme-smart.ca/

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has the second highest number of manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in North America, after California.

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“The McGuinty Government is working with manufacturers to help them to compete and to win in the global market place. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters are superbly placed to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers become more competitive so there are the jobs people need and deserve.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Economic Development

“CME's SMART Program will equip Ontario manufacturers with the tools needed to compete and win in the new economy. We are pleased that the McGuinty Government has taken a lead role in helping hundreds of small and mid-sized manufacturers invest in their future.”

Jayson Myers

President, CME



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